Procedure Explained

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So a colonoscopy is a procedure where we take a camera. The camera is about the width of my finger. We go in through the rectum and we go through the entire colon and into the last portion of the small intestine. And there’s many different reasons why we do a colonoscopy. If someone has symptoms, which means if they have any bleeding, diarrhea, change in bowel habits, weight loss, we do a colonoscopy in order to evaluate the reason and the etiology behind those symptoms and we’ll be able to treat them or put them on medications or take biopsies. But one other very important thing about a colonoscopy is screening colonoscopies, which people do in order to find any polyps or lesions that can then become cancerous in the future. And we’re able to remove them during that procedure in order to reduce the risk of cancer progression.

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