A colonoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows the physician to examine the entire length of the large intestine. Colonoscopies can assist in identifying problems with the colon, such as early signs of cancer, inflamed tissue, ulcers and bleeding. A colonoscopy is also used to screen for colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the US and the fourth most common cancer in men and women.
A colonoscopy is performed with an endoscope, a long, flexible, lighted tube (also called a colonoscope), which is inserted through the rectum into the colon. In addition to allowing visualization of the internal colon, the colonoscope enables the physician to irrigate, suction, inject air and access the bowel with surgical instruments. During a colonoscopy, the physician may remove tissue and/or polyps for further examination and possibly treat any problems that are discovered.
Early detection is key!
Getting screened for colorectal cancer is a key step in maintaining your health. If you have questions about colonoscopies, contact your physician. When scheduling an appointment, talk with your physician about having the procedure done close to home at Lock Haven Hospital. Dr. Dennis Probst can consult with your physician throughout the process. For more information or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Probst, call 570-748-0590.
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