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A colonoscopy is a simple, diagnostic test that allows your physician to examine the entire colon. Using a flexible instrument called a colonoscope, the physician will be able to guide a small light and camera through your colon and perform a thorough examination. You will be comfortably sedated during the procedure which typically takes about 30 minutes. Most patients report a positive experience and are able to return to regular activities and diet the next day.
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),1 nearly 135,000 people were diagnosed with the disease in 2012, and more than 51,500 died from it.
A colonoscopy can help your doctor become more pro-active and even prevent colon cancer in addition to other diseases or health risks.
Colonoscopy with polypectomy including examination of the terminal ileum for Crohn’s disease
Endoscopic management of internal hemorrhoids
Endoscopic treatment of Gastrointestinal Bleeding including management of ulcers
Endoscopic variceal band ligation
Endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography(ERCP)
Removal of bile duct stones
Palliation of obstructive jaundice by placement of plastic/metallic biliary stents
Endoscopic ultrasound including fine needle biopsy of masses in pancreas, bile ducts, gallbladder etc
Esophageal pH analysis by tubless monitoring(Bravo)
Esophageal/pyloric/colonic dilations and stent placement
Endoscopic drainage of pancreatic pseudocysts
All endoscopic procedures are performed with conscious sedation or MAC(monitored anesthesia care) using intravenous propofol