Colonoscopy: Procedure

A colonoscopy is a quick, easy outpatient procedure that can be vital to a healthy, happy, long life by reducing your risk of colorectal cancer.

Colorectal Cancer Risk Assessment 

Prior to Surgery

A few days before the procedure, the patient is instructed to clean out the bowel using laxatives, enemas and a clear liquid diet. He or she is usually told to refrain from taking any food or liquids the night prior to the procedure.

During the Procedure

The patient lies flat on his or her left side. The rectum is inflated with air to make visualization easier, and the colonoscopy device is gently guided by the doctor. During the course of the procedure the patient may be asked to shift positions for better visualization. The process usually only lasts for 30 minutes to one hour, and only occasionally causes a small degree of discomfort.

Fortunately, you can take active steps to ensure that you keep your risk for developing colorectal cancer to a minimum. Watch colonoscopy animation

These include:

  • A screening program consisting of a colonoscopy every 5-10 years if you’re 50 or older
  • A healthy diet low in fat, low in processed oils and refined sugars, low in red meat, high in fiber, with adequate amount of fluids
  • Regular exercise
  • If you smoke, stop smoking
  • Be alert for symptoms of bowel problems and seek consultation immediately if they arise

Many insurances offer coverage for most common age specific screening tests,
including colonoscopies. Please consult with your insurance provider if you have
questions about coverage.

Call today! Either Fort HealthCare Surgical Associates at (920) 563-7900 or Fort HealthCare Lake Mills Clinic at (920) 648-8393 to schedule your colonoscopy, and look forward to many more healthy years. Peace of mind never felt so good.


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