A colonoscopy is a valuable diagnostic tool used to screen for colon cancer and diagnose conditions that affect the large intestines. Experienced board-certified gastroenterologist Chintamaneni Choudari, MD, at Hagerstown Gastroenterology offers colonoscopy testing to assess colon health, diagnose gastrointestinal conditions, and perform procedures. To schedule a consultation and learn more, call the office in Hagerstown, Maryland, or book online today.
A colonoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows Dr. Choudari to evaluate your large intestines.
During the procedure, Dr. Choudari uses a colonoscope, which is a flexible instrument equipped with a camera and surgical tools that allows him to closely examine the tissue that lines your colon and perform any necessary procedures.
Dr. Choudari may recommend a colonoscopy to assist in diagnosing the underlying cause of your gastrointestinal symptoms, such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, or bloody stools. He may recommend a colonoscopy to confirm or rule out conditions such as:
The colonoscopy is also a colon cancer screening tool. Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer diagnosed in men and women in the United States when excluding skin cancer.
You should start colon cancer screening by age 45-50. You may benefit from earlier screenings if you have a family history of colon cancer or you have personal history of colon polyps.
Dr. Choudari provides specific instructions on the steps you need to take to prepare for your colonoscopy. The purpose of your preparation is to clear out your colon of stool and residue to improve visibility.
Failing to follow Dr. Choudari’s bowel prep instructions may result in cancellation and rescheduling of your test.
Your bowel prep may require that you follow a clear liquid diet the day prior to your test and take medications that help clear out your colon. You may also be advised to modify your usual medication and supplement routine.
Dr. Choudari reviews what you can expect during your colonoscopy at your consultation. To ease anxiety and discomfort, your colonoscopy is performed under sedation. The procedure itself usually only takes 30-60 minutes.
During your procedure, Dr. Choudari inserts the colonoscope in your anus, then to your rectum and through your entire colon to closely examine the tissue. If needed, he may take tissue samples or remove colon polyps during the procedure.
After your colonoscopy, Dr. Choudari sends you to the recovery area for monitoring and reviews the preliminary results of the test with you. He recommends you arrange to have someone drive you home after your procedure and take it easy for the rest of the day.
If needed, Dr. Choudari may schedule a follow-up appointment to review the results of your colonoscopy and your treatment plan.
To learn more about the colonoscopy, contact Hagerstown Gastroenterology by phone or book an appointment online today to schedule an appointment with an experienced gastroenterologist.