Have you had your screening colonoscopy? If you are age 50 or older, you should. At The Endoscopy Center of West Central Ohio in Lima, OH, your team of seven board-certified gastroenterologists provide the best of diagnostic and treatment skills all in a safe, comfortable, and state-of-the-art environment. Learn more about colonoscopy and why it's so important.
What is a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure which looks for polyps, colorectal cancers, reasons for chronic diarrhea, Crohn's disease, ulcers, and more. Performed with benefit of conscious sedation, your Lima, OH, gastroenterologist inserts a lighted scope with attached camera into the rectum and through the entire length of the bowel. The doctor looks for polyps and other irregularities and takes still images and real time video.
The pre-op preparation for a colonoscopy involves cleansing the colon with copious amounts of laxatives and consuming a clear liquid diet the day before the test. Then, the day of the examination, you'll be sedated and lie on your side as the doctor examines the colon with the flexible scope. Your doctor may take tissue samples for analysis as needed.
The entire procedure lasts about three-quarters of an hour. The physician will review your results with you in the recovery room, and you'll be driven home by a friend or relative.
Why is a colonoscopy important?
The American Society of Clinical Oncology says that colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the US. It affects both men and women, and incidence rises with age.
When colon cancer is detected in its earliest forms and has not spread beyond the original site, cure rates are high. Five-year survival rates, however, drop when malignancies have spread to other organs in the body.
Additionally, when there is a family history of colon cancer, this important screening procedure should begin even before age 50. Your primary care physician, in consultation with the experts at The Endoscopy Center of West Central Ohio, will help you determine when your screenings should start and at what intervals you should have them.
Find out more
Knowledge really is power, and when you know what is happening in your colon, you can do something about it. Call (419) 227-8209 to learn more about colonoscopies and to schedule an appointment at The Endoscopy Center of West Central Ohio in Lima, OH.