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Gastroenterology

Colonoscopies

Colon cancer strikes one in every twenty Americans, making it the third most prevalent cancer in the world. What is the most common symptom of colon cancer? No symptoms at all!

That’s why a colonoscopy screening is vital. Colonoscopies save lives, and they’re one of the most common procedures performed by our gastroenterologists at Ogden Clinic.

When you choose Ogden Clinic for a preventive colorectal cancer screening, you get the level of care and peace of mind that only a specialist can offer. Colonoscopy is a life-saving procedure used to view the inside the colon and rectum. Colonoscopies can detect inflamed tissue, ulcers, and abnormal growths that could ultimately result in colorectal cancer. Along with detecting the early signs of cancer, colonoscopies help Ogden Clinic gastroenterologists diagnose unexplained changes in bowel movements, unexplained anal bleeding, abdominal pain, and weight loss.

When should I get a colonoscopy?

A routine colonoscopy should begin at age 50 for most people. People with a history of colorectal cancer or a personal history of inflammatory bowel conditions may require a colonoscopy sooner than age 50. Your primary care provider at Ogden Clinic can assess if you should have a colonoscopy before the recommended age.

Preparing for a Colonoscopy

Your Ogden Clinic gastroenterologist will give you all the information you need to prepare for your colonoscopy, including written instructions. This process, called bowel prep, is meant to empty all solids from your GI tract to give your gastroenterologist the clearest view possible.

Patients must follow a clear liquid diet for 24 hours before the procedure and avoid any liquid containing red or purple dye. Some acceptable liquids are:

  • Water
  • Bouillon or broth
  • Pulp-free fruit juice
  • Plain coffee or tea
  • Sports drinks (Gatorade, etc.) without red or blue coloring

Patients will also receive a laxative to take in preparation for their colonoscopy at Ogden Clinic. Inform your doctor about all medications and supplements you are taking as some medications may affect your colonoscopy. Your gastroenterologist may instruct you to stop taking certain medication in preparation for your Ogden colorectal cancer screening including blood thinners, vitamins that contain iron, and some diabetes medications. Aspirin and ibuprofen are also prohibited during colonoscopy preparation.

During and After Your Colonoscopy

Ogden Clinic colonoscopy patients will be sedated during the procedure and must make arrangements for a ride home. When the procedure is complete, you’ll spend about a half hour in a recovery room until your doctor releases you. Do not drive for the rest of the day; take it easy for about 24 hours and allow time for the sedatives to wear off.

Your gastroenterologist will communicate your colonoscopy results the same day as your screening. If polyps were removed for biopsy or other abnormalities were tested, your doctor will keep in contact with you pending the results.