Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is a medical procedure used to examine the inner lining of the colon (large intestine) and rectum. It is typically performed as a preventive or diagnostic measure to detect and prevent colorectal conditions such as polyps, tumors, inflammation, and other abnormalities

  • 90 minutes

    Testing + Recovery Time

Recommended for:

  • Patients over their 40

Examine colon for cancer, ulcers, polyps, etc.
An intravenous injection is placed in the arm, and the patient undergoes endoscopy in a sleep-like state. Driving a car or other vehicles is strictly prohibited on the day of the procedure. After the examination, you will be asked to lie down and rest for approximately 1 hour.

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What are the Benefits of Colonoscopy?

  • Effective in detecting early signs of colorectal cancer, allowing for timely treatment and improved outcomes.
  • The removal of polyps during colonoscopy can prevent the development of colorectal cancer by eliminating potential precursors.
  • Direct visualization of the colon’s interior, enabling accurate diagnosis of various gastrointestinal conditions.
  • Examines the entire colon, making it a thorough screening method for abnormalities and cancer.
  • Colonoscopy typically involves shorter recovery times and fewer complications.
  • Regular colonoscopy can monitor individuals with a history of polyps or other conditions, ensuring early detection of changes.
  • Early detection and intervention through colonoscopy contribute to higher survival rates for colorectal cancer.
  • Serves both diagnostic and screening purposes, aiding in identifying various gastrointestinal issues.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is a medical procedure that involves the examination of the large intestine (colon) and the rectum using a flexible, lighted tube called a colonoscope. It’s used to detect abnormalities, such as polyps or tumors, and can help diagnose various gastrointestinal conditions.

A colonoscopy is performed for various reasons, including colorectal cancer screening, diagnosing unexplained abdominal pain, changes in bowel habits, rectal bleeding, and monitoring or removal of polyps.

During a colonoscopy, a patient is given sedation or anesthesia to ensure comfort. The colonoscope is inserted through the rectum, and it allows the doctor to visually examine the lining of the colon and rectum for abnormalities.

Yes, preparation is crucial. A clear colon is essential for accurate examination. This involves a special diet and consuming a bowel-cleansing solution to empty the colon of stool.

Patients below 34 years old with comorbidities and patients who are 35 years old and above are required to submit a CP Clearance 1 day prior their surgery.

Most patients do not feel pain during the procedure due to the sedation or anesthesia used. Shinagawa has certified anesthesiologist who can perform the sedation safely. Some might experience mild discomfort or cramping as the scope is advanced, but it’s generally well-tolerated.

After the colonoscopy, you might experience some bloating or gas due to air introduced during the procedure. You’ll be observed until the sedation wears off, and you can usually resume your normal activities the next day.

Guidelines vary, but generally, individuals at average risk for colorectal cancer should start getting screened at age 50. People with certain risk factors might need to start earlier or have more frequent screenings.

The frequency of colonoscopies depends on factors such as age, family history, and any previous findings. Your doctor will recommend an appropriate screening schedule based on your individual circumstances.

While the procedure itself is not painful, some patients may experience mild discomfort, cramping, or pressure as the colonoscope is inserted and advanced through the colon.

The examiantion typically lasts for about 60 minutes.

Patients aged 50 and above, seeking to screen for digestive health, and need detailed gastric examination

Pediatric patients are not recommended to undergo the executive package. For patients 40 years old and below, a Doctor’s request will be required, depending on the patient’s health condition.

Patients should secure CP Clearance and bowel preparation from the doctor, follow 6-8 hours of fasting, and avoid consuming meat, vegetables, and oatmeal.

Note that all patients aged 35 and above should undergo CP Clearance.

The results will be released on the same day.

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