Colonoscopy in Kansas City
No one looks forward to getting a colonoscopy, but no one should fear one either – especially at Colorectal Surgical Associates. Colonoscopy is the most effective means of early detection of colon cancer and other digestive health disorders. Our specialists collectively perform thousands each year to patients in the Kansas City and Overland Park area, so we know exactly how to provide the finest experience coupled with the best possible results for your continued wellness.
We believe the best possible screening procedure requires a sedate patient, so we have anesthesiologists on staff to minimize your discomfort. This way, you won’t feel any pain or discomfort. However, you will need someone to drive you home after the colonoscopy. If you 45 years of age or older or have a history of colon cancer or polyps in your family, call (816) 941-0800 to schedule an appointment today.
What is a Colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a procedure that enables a physician to see the inner lining of your rectum and colon. During the procedure, a long, flexible tube with a camera is inserted into the anus and through the colon.
When Should You Get a Colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy may be done for a variety of reasons, including:
- Routine check for colon tumors
- Routine check for colon polyps
- Investigate abdominal pain
- Investigate blood in the stool
- Investigate frequent diarrhea
- Routine check-up if you have a family history of colon polyps or colon cancer
It is suggested that all people undergo a routine colonoscopy around age 50 and every ten years thereafter to catch polyps before they turn cancerous.
How to Prepare for a Colonoscopy
Prior to receiving a colonoscopy, the colon must be completely cleaned. The team at Colorectal Surgical Associates will give you the following information to prepare for your procedure:
- Stop eating solid foods and drink only clear fluids one to two days before the colonoscopy. Some approved foods and liquids include water, tea, coffee, cleared broths and gelatin.
- The night before the procedure, you will take a prescription laxative tablet or solution. The laxative will be mixed with one gallon of water. Depending on the time of your procedure, you may choose to drink half the solution the night before and half in the morning.
- To completely clear out the colon, an enema 30 to 60 minutes before the test may be necessary.
- To avoid dehydration, drink plenty of fluids while preparing for your procedure.
- Stop drinking clear liquids six to eight hours prior to the procedure.
Recovery from a Colonoscopy
When you are fully awake, you will be released from the hospital or office the procedure was performed at. Depending on the amount of anesthesia that you were given, you might not be able to operate machinery for up to 12 hours. Patients are allowed to eat normal foods and are required to drink a lot of fluids after testing to replace the water that was lost in the colonoscopy preparation process.
Schedule Your Colonoscopy
Have any additional concerns about a Colonoscopy? Want to learn more? Call us at (816) 941-0800 to schedule an appointment with the talented team at Colorectal Surgical Associates PC. We offer services in: