ColonDon’t let fear stop you from getting a colonoscopy

Oftentimes patients might feel scared or embarrassed to get a Colon Cancer check due to privacy and sensitivity with the screened area, but keep in mind that Dr. Singh, Dr. Rashbaum, Dr. Nitin Parikh, Dr. Sumana Moole, Dr. Long B. Nguyen, Tammi D’Elena, PA-C; and Vanessa T. Dang, MSN, APRN have done Colonoscopies and Flexible Sigmoidoscopies more times than they can probably count and are highly skilled in executing those procedures. The consequences of delaying a procedure or not getting one at all can be deadly.

Dr. Singh, Dr. Rashbaum, Dr. Nitin Parikh, Dr. Sumana Moole, Dr. Long B. Nguyen, Tammi D’Elena, PA-C; and Vanessa T. Dang, MSN, APRN will ensure that you remain as comfortable as possible during the procedure. Conscious sedation relaxes the body and allows you to be awake and responsive throughout the screening. A colonoscopy typically takes less than half an hour for a thorough examination. After this outpatient procedure, you can be driven home to rest. Most people are back to regular activities the next day.

If you’re over 50, get checked at least once a year. If you’re under 50, treat your body right by adhering to a reasonable diet, a safe consumption of alcohol, and attentiveness to your health that will carry over into old age. Be vigilant about your health!

Preparation

In order to view the colon, it needs to be clear of fecal matter. The day before a colonoscopy, you’ll need to take a medication that will cause you to empty the bowel to clear it for the procedure. You’ll also be restricted to clear liquids during the preparation period, and you’ll need to fast for about 12 hours prior to your procedure. Learn more about Colorectal Cancer Screening preparation+

About the Procedure

A colonoscopy is performed under sedation on an outpatient basis and typically takes less than a half hour to perform. During a colonoscopy procedure, Dr. Singh, Dr. Rashbaum, Dr. Nitin Parikh, Dr. Sumana Moole, Dr. Long B. Nguyen, Tammi D’Elena, PA-C; and Vanessa T. Dang, MSN, APRNwill examine the large and small intestines using a colonoscope, which is a four-foot flexible tube about the width of a finger. The colonoscope has a camera and light, which allow them to perform a visual inspection of the colon.

A colonoscopy is also the method by which they remove colon tissue for a biopsy. Polyps are fleshy growths that are sometimes an indication of early colon cancer, and other abnormal signs. When a polyp is located, it can be removed during the colonoscopy procedure and sent to a lab where it can be more completely evaluated for the presence of cancer cells. Most polyps are not cancerous, so finding them does not mean you have cancer. However, removing them does gives extra assurance that you will remain safe and healthy year after year.

Aftercare and Recovery

Once the procedure is over, patients go to a recovery area for a brief period of time while the sedation wears off before being discharged to go home. You will be able to eat normally, but because you will have been sedated for the procedure, you will need someone to drive you home. If polyps were removed, you may have some mild spotting for a brief period of time. You may be a little tired from the sedation, but you’ll be able to return to work the next day.

Board-Certified physicians  Dr. Singh, Dr. Rashbaum, Dr. Nitin Parikh, Dr. Sumana Moole, Dr. Long B. Nguyen, Tammi D’Elena, PA-C; and Vanessa T. Dang, MSN, APRN   care for patients in the north Atlanta, GA; area including Alpharetta, GA; Johns Creek, GA; Cumming, GA; and Lawrenceville, GA. The In-House Endoscopy Suite at Digestive Care Physicians is a certified facility which has achieved the highest level of accreditation by the Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). If you suffer from gastrointestinal problems or need a colorectal cancer screening, contact us at (770) 227-2222 to schedule an appointment.