Colonoscopy is a diagnostic tool to help diagnose and treat digestive conditions that involve the large intestine. At Texas Digestive Disease Consultants in The Woodlands, Magnolia, and Willis, Texas, board-certified gastroenterologist Ilyas Memon, MD, specializes in colonoscopy procedures. Call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.
A colonoscopy is a medical procedure Dr. Memon performs to evaluate the large intestine, including the rectum and colon. He uses a colonoscope for the procedure.
A colonoscope is a thin flexible tube with a light and camera. Dr. Memon inserts the colonoscope into your anus and slowly advances it through the entire length of your large intestine.
The colonoscope transmits images of your large intestine onto a computer monitor, giving Dr. Memon the ability to look for signs of disease.
Dr. Memon explains in detail why you need a colonoscopy. He may recommend the diagnostic procedure to confirm or rule out the underlying cause of your abdominal pain, diarrhea, or constipation.
The colonoscopy can help him diagnose digestive conditions such as:
You may also need a colonoscopy for your colon cancer screening. The colonoscopy is the gold standard screening tool. During the screening, Dr. Memon looks for colon polyps, which are benign growths that may turn cancerous when left untreated.
Dr. Memon gives you specific instructions on how to prepare for your colonoscopy. It’s important to follow these guidelines precisely, otherwise you may need to reschedule your test.
Bowel prep for a colonoscopy usually includes following a clear-liquid diet the day before the test and taking medication that cleans out stool and debris from the colon.
You can expect professional care during your colonoscopy at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants. Dr. Memon inserts an intravenous (IV) line in your arm to administer a sedative that helps you relax.
He then gently inserts the colonoscope to perform the procedure. He removes any polyps and takes samples of any abnormal tissue. A colonoscopy typically takes about 30 minutes.
After the test, you go to a recovery room for monitoring. Dr. Memon reviews the results of your exam with you and then sends you home. You must have someone drive you home after your colonoscopy and plan on taking it easy the rest of the day.
To schedule a colonoscopy at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants, call or book online today.