Digestive System Home > About Colonoscopy

If a person has a sudden, unexplained change in bowel habits or possible signs of colon or rectal cancer, a colonoscopy may be recommended. During this procedure, a healthcare provider inserts a small, flexible tube with a camera on it into the rectum. If anything abnormal is detected -- for example, a polyp -- it can be removed with tiny instruments and sent to a laboratory for further examination.
 
(Click Colonoscopy to read a detailed article on this procedure, including what to expect, how long it will take, and possible risks.)
 
Written by/reviewed by:
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last updated/reviewed:
List of references (click here):
Other Articles in This eMedTV Presentation
Advertisement


Topics

Medications

Quicklinks

Related Channels

eMedTV Links
Copyright © 2006-2018 Clinaero, Inc.

eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.

This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.