Colonoscopy is a non-surgical procedure in which the colon lining is examined through an instrument called a Colonoscope.
Doctors usually recommend a colonoscopy for one of three reasons:
- You are 50 years or older and should have a routine screening for the prevention of colorectal cancer.
- You have experienced symptoms of a digestive tract problem.
- It is time for your follow-up screening based on a previous colonoscopy.
Arranging for the examination
Your doctor has referred you to Montrose Surgical Associates because we are specialists who perform these examinations.
- First, you’ll meet with your MSA doctor so that you will know who is performing the procedure and all of your questions about it can be answered. At that meeting, you will also receive detailed instructions to prepare yourself for the examination.
- If not previously done so, you will schedule your colonoscopy procedure and discuss the arrangements to be made for someone to drive you home after you have the procedure. (In view of medications administered for a Colonoscopy, it will not be safe for you to drive yourself.)
Preparing for the examination
Your doctor will give you specific instructions to prepare for the procedure on the day before—such as fasting for a certain time, limiting the types of fluids you should drink and taking a prescribed oral laxative.
Watch this video of our doctors explaining how to prepare for your Colonoscopy:
The day of the examination
At the hospital or surgery center, you will be given medication to sedate you and you will likely not remember the procedure at all.
The examination itself generally takes less than 30 minutes, and you will be monitored for 45-60 minutes afterward—until you are ready to be taken home by your prearranged driver.
Receiving the results of your colonoscopy
Your doctor will tell you the results of the examination within a few days after the procedure, or in some cases, even before you leave the surgery center.
The risks associated with the procedure
- Unusual drug reactions
- Perforation of the colon
Please note that these problems occur in 0.3% or less of patients.
Colorado law now requires coverage for this screening procedure. However, you should contact your insurance company to ensure that you are following their requirements for coverage.