Whether it’s time for your colon cancer screening or you’re experiencing unexplained abdominal pain, you may need a colonoscopy. Experienced gastroenterologist Bharat Dasani, MD, and the team at GI Endoscopy Practice in Riverdale and Parsippany, New Jersey, perform colonoscopy testing. Call either office or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.
A colonoscopy is a procedure that visually examines your large intestines, also called the colon. During a colonoscopy, Dr. Dasani inserts a flexible tube with a light and video camera through your anus and rectum and guides it through the entire length of your colon.
The test allows the team at GI Endoscopy Practice to closely examine the lining of your large intestines and look for abnormalities that may explain your abdominal symptoms.
In addition to providing images of your large intestines, Dr. Dasani may also perform various procedures during your colonoscopy, such as removal of colon polyps or tissue biopsy.
The team at GI Endoscopy Practice explains the reasons why you need a colonoscopy. The diagnostic test can help diagnose:
You may also benefit from a colonoscopy if you’re experiencing symptoms that may indicate a gastrointestinal condition, such as abdominal pain, change in bowel habits, or blood in your stool. Dr. Dasani may also recommend a colonoscopy if your barium X-ray results are abnormal.
The team at GI Endoscopy Practice provides specific instructions on what you should do to prepare for your colonoscopy. In order for them to provide a comprehensive examination, your large intestines need to be clean and free of stool.
To prepare for your colonoscopy, the team may request that you drink a special solution, take a laxative, or complete an enema to remove stool from your large intestines. They may also recommend you follow a clear liquid diet the day before your colonoscopy.
You may also need to modify your medication and supplement schedule.
To ease anxiety and pain, Dr. Dasani performs your colonoscopy using IV anesthesia so you’re not awake when undergoing the test. During the procedure, which takes 15-30 minutes, Dr. Dasani carefully evaluates the lining of your large intestines.
If he finds polyps during your colonoscopy, he uses a thin wire and electric heat to remove the growth. For tissue abnormalities, he performs a biopsy and removes a small sample of tissue for analysis. Both the polyp and tissue sample are sent out for testing.
After your colonoscopy, Dr. Dasani sends you to the recovery room for monitoring and reviews the preliminary results of your colonoscopy with you. Results from your colon polyps or biopsy are provided within 3-7 days.
The team recommends you arrange to have someone drive you home after your colonoscopy and take it easy for the rest of the day.
To schedule your colonoscopy, call GI Endoscopy Practice or book an appointment online today.