Information on Colonoscopy
A colonoscopy allows a healthcare provider to gain information on the state of the colon, also known as the large intestine. It can detect things like:
- Inflamed tissue
- Abnormal growths
If anything abnormal is found, it can be removed with special instruments and sent to a lab for additional testing. The procedure takes anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes; however, because you are sedated during it, you will need to remain at the facility for one to two hours while the sedation wears off.
(Click Colonoscopy for more information, including how this procedure is carried out, what to expect during and after, and possible risks.)