What is a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure that Dr. Araghizadeh performs to identify colon abnormalities, and screen for colon and rectal cancers. In a colonoscopy, Dr. Araghizadeh uses a colonoscope — a thin, flexible tube with a miniature camera and light — to see enhanced images of your colon and rectum.
If Dr. Araghizadeh discovers precancerous polyps during your colonoscopy, he removes them at that time. This combination of screening and treatment makes colonoscopy the most reliable way to identify and remove colon and rectal polyps before they progress to cancer.
When do I need a colonoscopy?
Everyone should have a colonoscopy at age 50. But, if you have a personal or family history of colon polyps, colon/rectal cancer, you will need to start screening earlier. If you’re of African American heritage, you should have your first screening colonoscopy at the age of 45.
In addition to routine screening, Dr. Araghizadeh may recommend a colonoscopy if you're suffering from problems like abdominal pain and rectal bleeding, chronic anemia, Crohn's disease, Ulcerative Colitis, or other conditions that could be tied to colon or rectal abnormalities, polyps, or cancer.
How do I prepare for a colonoscopy?
The day before your colonoscopy, you'll generally start a bowel preparation. This includes laxatives and/or enemas to clean your bowels so Dr. Araghizadeh can get ideal visualization during your colonoscopy. Dr. Araghizadeh’s office staff will provide you with detailed instructions for the preparation prior the procedure.
Is colonoscopy painful?
You'll receive intravenous (IV) sedation to help you sleep and relax during the procedure. Most patients don't experience significant discomfort or pain. Dr. Araghizadeh is a colonoscopy expert who always focuses on your comfort, so you don't have to worry.
You might be a little groggy and have some minor abdominal cramps for a short time after a colonoscopy. You must have a designated driver to take you home after the procedure.
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