How your gastroenterologists in Anchorage, Alaska can help you
You probably haven’t thought much about a colonoscopy, but if you are age 50 or older, a colonoscopy is important. That’s because the procedure can detect colorectal cancer at an early stage, when it is most treatable. Colorectal cancer ranks third in cancer deaths. The American Cancer Society estimates that over 49,000 people will die of the disease this year.
The gastroenterologists at Alaska Digestive & Liver Disease in Anchorage, Alaska Dr. Ronald Boisen, Dr. Daryl McClendon, and Dr. Jeffrey Molloy provide a full range of services including colonoscopies, to protect the health of your digestive system.
These are just a few of the most common questions and answers about colonoscopies:
When should I begin having colonoscopies?
When you are at least 50 years old or have a family history of colon cancer. You may also need a colonoscopy if you experience:
- Blood in your stool
- Recurrent diarrhea
- Chronic constipation
- Chronic abdominal pain
How do I prepare for a colonoscopy?
You will need to have only clear liquids the day before your colonoscopy. You will also need to take laxatives prescribed by your doctor to clean out your colon.
Will I be awake during the colonoscopy?
You will probably be sedated for the procedure, so you won’t remember much of the appointment or the procedure. It’s important to bring a driver with you to take you home.
How is a colonoscopy performed?
A small, ultra-thin, flexible tube is inserted into your rectum and threaded through your colon. The tube contains a small camera at the tip, which allows your gastroenterologist to see the inside of your colon.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure takes about 45 minutes, but the entire appointment will require 2 to 3 hours because of sedation.
A colonoscopy is a vital tool in the fight against colon cancer. To find out more about colonoscopies and other gastrointestinal services to help you stay healthy, call the gastroenterologists at Alaska Digestive & Liver Disease in Anchorage, Alaska today!