Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is a procedure in which a long, thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera on the end (known as a colonoscope) is inserted into the rectum to allow a doctor to examine the full interior of the colon (large intestine). This procedure can help identify any changes or irregularities inside the colon, such as polyps or tumors, which may help diagnose the cause of gastrointestinal symptoms like diarrhea, bloody stools, or abdominal pain. The colonoscope can also be used to remove pieces of abnormal tissue from the colon.

Colonoscopy

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When to test

Who should get a Colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is recommended for anyone who is experiencing symptoms of colorectal cancer or other gastrointestinal disorders. For people with an average risk who have no symptoms, experts recommend screening tests for colon cancer every ten years, starting at age 50. People at a higher risk may benefit from earlier, more frequent screenings.

When will I receive my results?

Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.

Procedure

How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?
You will be able to continue taking any medications up to one or two days prior to the procedure. The day before a colonoscopy you can have a light breakfast and lunch. After 1:00 PM the day before the procedure you may drink clear liquids such as water, broth, or ginger ale. You will be asked not to eat or drink anything after midnight. Other instructions may apply depending on the specific colonoscopy prep guidelines your doctor is following. Please refer to your test preparation guidelines or consult with your doctor or the center where you are being treated.

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