Colonoscopies may not be at the top of anybody’s fun things-to-do list, but they do save lives.
As the most effective test for finding polyps, colonoscopies can find those polyps that lead to colorectal cancer. And, colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths, right behind lung cancer.
“It’s not a bad experience. It doesn’t hurt,” says Michael Freeman, MD, gastroenterologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner.
Prior to the colonoscopy, patients need to cleanse their colon. Preparing for the colonoscopy usually takes one to two days. The bowel prep may be uncomfortable, and the patient may be hungry during the clear-liquid diet.
During the colonoscopy, patients are sedated and doctors use a thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope to look at the colon. Inserted through the rectum, the colonoscope can remove abnormal growths and collect tissue samples. Most polyps can be removed during this outpatient procedure.
For more information about colonoscopies, please call 573-331-3996 or visit our webpage on colon cancer to learn more.