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The most commonly performed GI procedure, a colonoscopy is used to help detect colon cancer, digestive problems, and other diseases. Although colon cancer is one of the most preventive cancers, it is still the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. This is in part because many people avoid screening colonoscopies due to perceived discomfort and embarrassment. Colonoscopy is recommended if you are 50 years of age or older, have a family history of colon cancer or polyps, or have experienced any changes in bowel habits, rectal bleeding, or other GI complaints.
GSI offers a pain-free, minimally invasive colonoscopy performed at our facility.
After completing the necessary procedure preparations, you will be placed on your left side on the examining table. An IV will be started and intravenous sedation will be given. A flexible lighted tube (colonoscope) will be inserted into the rectum to conduct the examination. A small piece of tissue may be removed for examination under the microscope (biopsy). Growths (polyps) found in the intestinal tract may be removed. Systematic removal of polyps can reduce the risk of developing colon cancer by 90%.
To learn more about colonoscopy, see colonoscopy on our Patient Resources page.