Direct access no-gap colonoscopy is available for most insured patients.
Colonoscopy is a procedure used to view the large intestine (colon and rectum) using an instrument called a colonoscope; a thin flexible tube with a small camera and light source attached to its tip.
Colonoscopy is performed under sedation, usually as a day only procedure. You will cleanse your bowel with a preparation drink before the procedure. While you are asleep, the colonoscope is gently advanced for your doctor to view the bowel. Any polyps or growths detected by the colonoscope can be removed and sent for analysis.
Unfortunately, colon cancer is very prevalent in our society. Colorectal cancer can be prevented by regular colonoscopy and removal of polyps, as 99% of colon cancers start in polyps. There is a small risk of bleeding or perforation with colonoscopy, but these complications occur in less than 1% of patients undergoing colonoscopic screening. Hence, colonoscopy is a beneficial and very low risk procedure, to prevent cancer. Family members of patients with colonic polyps or colon cancer are also advised to have regular screening.