Colonoscopy Specialist Q&A

Colonoscopy Specialist Q&A

During a colonoscopy, your doctor checks for abnormalities or disease in your large intestine, particularly the colon. Visit The Woodlands Colon and Rectal Associates to talk to our experienced doctors. Call us today for more information or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 920 Medical Plaza Drive, Suite 330 The Woodlands, TX 77380.

Colonoscopy Specialist Near Me in The Woodlands, TX
Colonoscopy Specialist Near Me in The Woodlands, TX

Table of Contents:

What is a colonoscopy?
Why do I need a colonoscopy?
When should I get a colonoscopy?
Are there risks in getting a colonoscopy?
How can I schedule a colonoscopy?

What is a colonoscopy?


A colonoscopy is a procedure which is used to detect any changes or abnormalities in the colon and rectum. During which a special camera (colonoscope) is used to visualize the colon and rectum. It is are to screen for colon diseases, aid with diagnosis or used to treat certain conditions.

During the colonoscopy, the doctor may remove any abnormal tissue or polyps through a scope as well as take tissue samples to review after the colonoscopy. Colonoscopies often are used to screen for colon disease and aid in the diagnosis or to treat certain conditions.

Why do I need a colonoscopy?


The indications for colonoscopy include screening for colorectal cancer, rectal bleeding, altered bowel function, significant family of colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and occasionally unexplained abdominal pain.

When should I get a colonoscopy?


A screening colonoscopy is a procedure performed to evaluate the colon and rectum for polyps and cancers in people without symptoms. It allows the endoscopist identify polyps early and remove them before they turn to cancer. This leads to both a reduced risk of colorectal cancer and reduction in deaths from colorectal cancer.
In general, everyone of average risk should get a screening colonoscopy starting at age 45.

Individuals who should have colonoscopy much earlier include:

• Patients with a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps
• Patients with a hereditary colorectal cancer syndrome

Are there risks in getting a colonoscopy?


A colonoscopy is a very safe procedure and generally performed in an outpatient setting. The chances of something wrong occurring during a colonoscopy are very small with fewer than 1% of patients having complications. Potential risks include bleeding, perforation of the colon, sedation medication side effects, and, inability to visualize the entire colon or lesions. Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you and recommend ways to reduce the risks such as holding “blood thinning” medications.

How can I schedule a colonoscopy?


At The Woodlands Colon and Rectal Associates, our specialists are extensively trained in endoscopy of the lower gastrointestinal tract and perform colonoscopies, proctosigmoidoscopies and anoscopies. We also use advanced endoscopic techniques to treat complex colonic polyps.

If you are in need of a colonoscopy, simply call us and schedule a consultation with our board-certified colon and rectal surgeon. We will be pleased to be of help.

Our specialists at The Woodlands Colon and Rectal Associates have extensive training and knowledge in endoscopy and colonoscopies. We use advanced endoscopic techniques to treat any complex colonic polyps we may find. If you are in need of a colonoscopy, you can book an appointment by calling us or simply booking an appointment online. We serve patients from The Woodlands TX, Shenandoah TX, Conroe TX, Tomball TX, Magnolia TX, Cypress TX, Montgomery TX, Cleveland TX, Houston TX, Kingwood TX, and Humble TX, and beyond.