The colonoscopy, also known as colon cancer screening, is a test that allows your doctor to look at the inner lining of your large intestine. He or she uses a thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope to look at the colon in order to detect any potentially cancerous colon polyps or tumors, and areas of inflammation or bleeding that may pose a risk to your health.
The American Cancer Society recommends that even healthy people at normal risk for colon cancer should undergo a colonoscopy at age 50 and every 10 years thereafter, for the purpose of removing colonic polyps before they become cancerous. For African-Americans, the age recommended for your first colonoscopy is 45.
Your colon screening may be at no cost to you.*
In order to properly prepare for the procedure, you will need to perform a colon prep to clean out your colon. The colon prep typically takes 6 to 8 hours. Plan to stay home during your prep time since you will need to use the bathroom often. Your physician will be able to determine the best type of prep for you and will give you specific instructions to make sure that your entire experience goes as smoothly as possible.
All colonoscopies are done with conscious sedation performed by board-certified anesthesiologists. This helps ensure that your colonoscopy will be a pain-free, pleasant experience.
The Longstreet Clinic’s surgeons perform more than 2,000 colonoscopy procedures annually in a relaxed and professional setting. Colonoscopy screenings are performed at Northeast Georgia Medical Center and Gainesville Surgery Center. From the initial consultation to the procedure and subsequent follow up, our board-certified general surgeons will be with you each step of the way.
Each of our physicians has a great deal of experience performing colonoscopies and will work with you to ensure that your entire examination goes as comfortably and smoothly as possible.
Whether the procedure is for routine cancer screening or another colon-related issue, The Longstreet Clinic’s team of healthcare professionals is committed to providing you with the most effective treatment in as relaxing an environment as possible.
For more information or to make an appointment for your colon cancer screening, contact us today or call 770-536-2323.
*As required by the Affordable Care Act, most commercial insurance plans now provide coverage for preventive care including age/risk-appropriate screenings such as colonoscopies.