What is a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is an endoscopy procedure that allows our gastroenterologists to examine the inner linings of the colon, or the large intestine by inserting an endoscopic tool into the anus. The purpose of a colonoscopy can vary, but it is often performed to investigate the cause of abdominal pain, blood in the stools, or other unexplained chronic intestinal problems. During the examination, our doctor will search for colon polyps, ulcers, inflammation, or bleeding. In addition to this, a colonoscopy is a definitive way to check for colon or rectal cancer.
While the reputation of the procedures of colonoscopies can be a bit dramatic, the purpose and results of what colonoscopies may reveal can be life-saving. Colonoscopy procedures are worth the hassle especially if colon cancer runs in your family. Colon and rectal cancer is the third most common cancer of both men and women in the United States. If you have already considered the possibilities of needing a colonoscopy or have been medically consulted by your physician with a recommendation for a colonoscopy procedure, allow our advanced and extremely talented medical team at TransSouth to make your experience as seamless as possible.