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 general surgeons can also remove polyps or take tissue samples for biopsies. Colonoscopies are a routine diagnostic procedure and carry very few risks. For the vast majority of Sacramento patients, the procedure is relatively simple. Patients needing a colonoscopy at Sierra Pacific Surgical will 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 centers in Roseville or Folsom, CA.
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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. Patients 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 team may remove colon polyps (precancerous growths) during colonoscopy procedures.
Experienced Colon Care
Patients seeking a colonoscopy in the Greater Sacramento, CA area 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 or colon polyp removal, contact our offices in Roseville and Folsom, CA, and schedule a visit with one of our skilled general surgeons.