Colonoscopy in Sacramento, CA

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What Is a Colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a diagnostic procedure where a flexible tube with a camera on the end, called a colonoscope, is inserted through the rectum and fed through the large intestine to examine the colon for any signs of abnormalities. During a colonoscopy, our Sacramento general surgeons can also remove polyps or take tissue samples for biopsies. Colonoscopies are routine diagnostic procedures for colon cancer screening and carry very few risks. For the vast majority of patients, the procedure is relatively simple. Patients needing a colonoscopy be given special prep instructions, including a special diet to follow for roughly 72 hours before the procedure. Colonoscopies are performed in-office at one of our Sierra Pacific Surgical locations in Roseville or Folsom, CA.

Who should receive a colonoscopy?

Patients 50 years or older should have a routine colonoscopy to check for signs of colon cancer every ten years. Individuals with a family history of colorectal cancer or a previous history of colorectal cancer should have colonoscopies more often. A colonoscopy may also be recommended or performed more frequently for patients experiencing symptoms, such as abdominal pain or bleeding, unexplained weight loss, chronic constipation, or a sudden change in bowel habits. As skilled general surgeons, our Sierra Pacific Surgical team may remove colon polyps (precancerous growths) during colonoscopy procedures. 

Colonoscopy FAQ

How long does a colonoscopy take to complete?

A colonoscopy procedure typically takes anywhere from 15 minutes to one hour to complete, depending on whether or not polyps need to be removed or biopsies need to be taken. Patients should expect to spend about 2 – 3 hours at our facility to account for procedure preparation and recovery following the colon cancer screening.

Are you awake during a colonoscopy?

Patients are generally given the option to receive sedative medication to enhance their comfort and help them relax during a colonoscopy. While patients may still be able to talk and respond to instructions, they will likely have little memory of the procedure. Our Sacramento, CA, colonoscopy doctors can provide additional information on sedation during a colonoscopy consultation.

What happens during a colonoscopy?

After the patient is sedated, one of our colonoscopy doctors will insert a thin, flexible colonoscope through the rectum and into the colon. The scope contains a small video camera that allows our team to view the colon and identify polyps or other concerns. If necessary, this device may also be utilized to remove polyps (polypectomy) or retrieve tissues samples (biopsies) for further testing and diagnosis.

Experienced Colon Care

Patients needing a colonoscopy in Sacramento, CA want a doctor they can trust. At Sierra Pacific Surgical, we dedicate ourselves to delivering the utmost in patient care. To learn more about colonoscopies for women and men or colon polyp removal, contact our offices in Roseville and Folsom, CA, and schedule a visit with one of our skilled general surgeons.

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