Colonoscopy: What is it?

A Colonoscopy is a procedure that enables your physician to examine the lining of the colon (large bowel) for abnormalities by inserting a flexible tube that is about the thickness of your finger into the anus and advancing it slowly into the rectum and colon.

Preparation

The colon must be emptied and cleaned for the procedure to be accurate and completed. Your physician will give you detailed instructions regarding the dietary restrictions to be followed and the specific cleansing routine to be used.

In general, bowel preparation consists of either consumption of large volume of a special cleansing solution or several days of taking clear liquids, laxatives, and enemas prior to the procedure.

Purpose

With this procedure, we can detect and remove polyps (usually benign) or perform a biopsy to determine if large polyps are cancerous. This procedure can also detect Diverticulosis or Diverticulitis. Colonoscopies are recommended for all adults over the age of 50.

Follow up procedures are scheduled from 1 to 10 years, depending on your health condition, family history and other factors.

Our Locations

Abingdon Location

Address

100 Walter Ward Blvd, Suite 100,
Abingdon, MD 21009

Phone Number: (443) 347-4700

Fax Number: (443) 643-4707

Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Saturday – Sunday: Closed

Havre de Grace Location

Address

251 Lewis Lane, Suite 105,
Havre de Grace, MD 21078

Phone Number: (410) 939-5082

Fax Number: (410) 939-6291

Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday – Sunday: Closed

Harford GI patients who need hospital based care are scheduled for procedures at the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.

Patients not requiring hospital based care are scheduled for procedures at our sister practice, the Harford Endoscopy Center, an AMSURG-affiliated ambulatory surgery center for colonoscopy and EGD procedures on an outpatient basis.