At Northwest Gastroenterology Clinic, LLC., we provide comprehensive endoscopy services, including colonoscopy.
What is a Colonoscopy?
Using a tool called a colonoscope, a gastroenterologist can thoroughly examine the large intestine (rectum and colon) for potential problems. Colonoscopy is recommended to patients who experience symptoms of abdominal pain, blood in the stool, or frequent diarrhea. Colonoscopy is the best method to screen for colon cancer.
What are Colon Polyps?
Colon polyps are abnormal growths on the surface of the colon. They can grow slowly, and eventually form colon cancer. Colon polyps in the early stages seldom present with symptoms. It is recommended for patients aged 50 to be screened for colon polyps. Patients younger than 50 can also be screened if they have a family history of colon cancer.
How to Prepare for a Colonoscopy?
Before a colonoscopy, you must clear your colon of stool. Your doctor will provide a prescription for laxatives that must be taken one to two days prior to the colonoscopy. You must also adhere to a clear-liquid diet that does not add waste to the colon. It is very important to read our detailed colonoscopy prep instructions before coming in for a colonoscopy procedure.
Although it is a non-surgical procedure, patients are generally given IV sedation. During the procedure, the gastroenterologist will insert a colonoscope into the anus and then slowly move it into the rectum and through the colon. The entire examination lasts 30 minutes. After the test, your provider will discuss with you the findings of the examination. If you received IV sedation, you will not be allowed to drive or return to work afterward. A responsible adult will need to take you home.
NGC Endoscopy Services, LLC
Detection of precancerous polyps (adenomas) is considered a marker of quality for Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC). The providers at Northwest Gastroenterology Clinic own and operate their own ASC; NGC Endoscopy Services. The providers perform approximately 450 colonoscopies and 150 endoscopies per month at the ASC, and have a 35% adenoma detection rate over the national average of 25%. Complications of colonoscopies are rare, and poor preparation interferes with 1% of colonoscopies.