Together with your primary care doctor, our specialists will help recommend appropriate screenings and treatment. For a majority of our patients, the first step is to undergo a screening colonoscopy. Colonoscopies can help monitor or screen for a wide variety of digestive conditions and diseases. Also, your doctor may recommend a colonoscopy if you have experienced unexplained rectal bleeding, constipation, abdominal pain and other intestinal problems. Some of the more common conditions identified by a colonoscopy, include:
Colonoscopy screening process
Patients are comfortably sedated for a colonoscopy, which usually only takes about 30 minutes. Prior to the screening, patients must cleanse the colon completely. Our team will provide instructions that will include modifying your diet, fasting and detailed directions on how to take the laxative. If you have any questions or concerns the morning of your colonoscopy, please call the Endoscopy Department directly at 330-344-6549, as the staff arrives as early as 6:30 a.m.
During a colonoscopy, a physician will examine the entire rectum and colon using a thin, flexible, lighted instrument called a colonoscope. Your doctor will look for any abnormalities, including polyps, which could be pre-cancerous and could lead to colorectal cancer. These polyps can be removed during your procedure using a special instrument. The doctor also can take a biopsy, which is a tissue sample that can be examined further for any traces of cancer or other abnormalities.
Afterward, you will be taken to an area where you can recover from the effects of the anesthesia. Once you are alert, you will be able to go home with a family member or friend (you will not be able to drive after the procedure due to the anesthesia). You can resume your normal activities the next day.
Colonoscopy is the only colorectal cancer screening that allows the doctor to examine the entire colon and is considered the most thorough screening.
Our staff will call you with your screening results a few days after your procedure. Should you need any follow-up care or treatment, we will work with you and your primary care doctor to coordinate.