For patients who suffer from intestinal pain and poor digestion, Ogden Clinic offers colonoscopy testing in Utah. This procedure is used to identify irregularities in the large intestine, colon, and the rectum. A colonoscopy is typically performed once every 10 years for adults over the age of 50 in order to screen for colon cancer and polyps. Polyps are a type of abnormal tissue that grows in the large intestine. While often benign, polyp tissue is biopsied to rule out the possibility of colon cancer. A colonoscopy exam is used to explore many symptoms including:
During your colonoscopy exam, you will likely be given some form of sedation to minimize discomfort during the procedure. You will be in a gown and asked to lay on your side on the exam table by your Ogden Clinic gastroenterologist. You will then draw your knees up to your chest, and the doctor will insert a colonoscope into the rectum. This scope contains a light and a camera so that the doctor can view the tissue inside your colon on an external screen. The scope also has a tube which allows the doctor to inflate the colon with air, in order to better view its condition. The exam usually lasts for 20 minutes to one hour. If the doctor notices any abnormal tissue or polyps, they will use the colonoscope to remove a sample to biopsy.
Once the exam has ended you will want to take it easy the rest of the day. The immediate effects of the sedation will begin to wear off after 20 minutes, but it may take all day for it to fully wear off. Do not return to work, drive, or engage in any physically demanding activities for the rest of the day. If polyps were removed during your colonoscopy, your doctor may recommend a special diet for a few days, until the results of the biopsy are in.
If you are over the age of 50, or concerned about your intestinal health, contact Ogden Clinic to make an appointment for a colonoscopy exam. One of our gastroenterologists would be happy to explain the procedure to you and address any concerns you may have.