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.
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 leading up to the procedure.
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.
With this procedure, we can detect and remove benign polyps (a clump of cells) 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.
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.