A colonoscopy is a procedure that allows a surgeon to examine your large intestine. A colonoscopy can detect ulcers, sources of bleeding and early signs of cancer. It is used to detect colorectal cancer.
In a colonoscopy, a long, flexible, lighted tube called an endoscope is inserted through the rectum into the colon. The tube allows the doctor to examine the colon and to access the colon with surgical instruments if needed.
To prepare for a colonoscopy, you might be asked to fast or to drink a special solution to clean out your colon. During the procedure, you will be given pain medicine to lessen discomfort. After a colonoscopy, you might feel a bit of pain or soreness and you might feel drowsy from the pain medication. To learn more about colonoscopies, please click here.
Our surgeons complete colonoscopy procedures at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center.