Reasons for Colonoscopy
Why Colonoscopy is Performed
Alternate Names for Colonoscopy:
Lower GI endoscopy
Reasons for Procedure
It is used to examine, diagnose, and treat problems in your large intestine. The procedure is most often done for the following reasons:
- To determine the cause of abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, or a change in bowel habits
- To detect and treat colon cancer or colon polyps
- To obtain tissue samples for testing
- To stop intestinal bleeding
- Monitor response to treatment if you have inflammatory bowel disease
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.
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