For many people, the thought of a colonoscopy inspires dread. They fear the pain. They fear the embarrassment. Some even fear what might be found. The reality is that not only are these fears dangerous to your health, but they’re also unfounded.

In fact at the Colonoscopy Center of Excellence, we’ve discovered that those patients who are most worried about their colonoscopy are usually those who are getting it for the first time. They don’t know how easy it really is! To learn more about your first colonoscopy or to make an appointment with a leading Los Angeles gastroenterologist today, call us at 888.837.0459.

What Is a Colonoscopy?

Widely known as the gold standard of colon cancer prevention, a colonoscopy is a procedure in which a colonoscope is inserted through the rectum to view the large intestine. Less invasive than a traditional colonoscopy, a virtual colonoscopy is a procedure that uses computerized tomography to see inside the large intestine.

Colonoscopy is used primarily for two purposes: to diagnose a problem or two prevent one. Ideally a patient’s first colonoscopy would be a preventative measure. This means that he or she doesn’t have symptoms, but is having the colonoscopy done to ensure there are no polyps present.

During the procedure, patients are first sedated. Then the doctor examines the large intestine and rectum. To do this, the doctor uses a colonoscope to perform a visual inspection. It does no cause pain. During a colonscopy, a doctor may also remove colon tissue. This is called a biopsy. The tissue removed during the procedure (also called polyps) is then examined for pre-cancerous and cancerous cells.

Who Needs a Colonoscopy?

Because colon cancer is often treatable when diagnosed in the early stages, gastroenterologists recommend a preventative approach. This means getting a colonoscopy at designated times, even without symptoms. The current recommendation for this treatment is for everyone to have their first colonoscopy at the age of 50. However, there are exceptions to this rule:

  • African Americans should have their first colonoscopy by the age of 45.
  • Those with a family history of colon cancer should have their first colonoscopy 10 years before the age their relative was diagnosed.

Get Your First Colonoscopy Today!

Are you or a loved one due for a colonoscopy? Don’t put it off any longer. Call the Colonoscopy Center of Excellence today. We’ll help you get the answers to any questions you may have. We can also verify your insurance right over the phone.

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