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Understanding Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy in Beverly Hills

What is a Colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a procedure that allows the examination of the colon and rectum. It is the best way to view the entire colon and diagnose any problems.
The doctor can take biopsies (tissue samples) or completely remove polyps during colonoscopy. The procedure is performed using a thin, flexible and very sophisticated camera. Your gastroenterologist can pass different instruments through the camera to treat many conditions such as removing polyps or precancerous growths.
Bleeding or abnormalities that overtime cause anemia can also be treated by colonoscopy. Dr. Mehdizadeh is an expert in colonoscopy and has performed thousands of procedures.

Who Should Have a Colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is recommended as a routine screening procedure in anyone starting at the age 50 as part of colon cancer prevention. In African American patients, a screening colonoscopy may be appropriate starting at age 45. Colonoscopy is also performed earlier then age 50 if there is a family history of colon cancer.

A colonoscopy is also performed to diagnose problems with the colon when patients have symptoms such as abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, changes in bowel habits, bleeding, signs of anemia (low blood count), or unintended weight loss.

Contact us to schedule a cancer screening appointment, to discuss your risk factors for colorectal cancer, or to receive treatment if you experience any of the above symptoms.

How to Prepare for Colonoscopy
Dr. Mehdizadeh and his staff at Beverly Hills Digestive Care will explain the preparation process to you in detail. You will also receive written instructions and a prescription for medication that will clean your colon the night before. On the day prior to colonoscopy, you will be on a clear liquid-only diet and will need to fast overnight until your procedure.

What Happens During and After Colonoscopy?
Colonoscopy is generally performed with sedation. You will meet your anesthesiologist prior to the procedure. During the procedure, the colonoscope is introduced through the rectum and advanced through the colon. Air is insufflated during the procedure to improve visibility.

While the colonoscope is withdrawn carefully, the lining of your colon is examined, polyps are removed and any suspicious growths are sampled. The procedure usually takes 20-30 minutes.
After the procedure, you will be observed in the recovery area until the sedation wears off.
You will be able to eat soon after the procedure unless told otherwise by your doctor. Dr. Mehdizadeh will discuss any findings with you but biopsy results will take a few days to return.

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Colonoscopy Saves Lives.
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Who should have a colonoscopy?

  • Colon cancer prevention and screening:
    • Anyone ages 50 years and older
    • Ages 45 and older in African Americans
    • Early screening in those with a family history of colon cancer or endometrial cancer
    • Frequent screening in those with colitis
    • Frequent screening in patients with genetic forms of colon cancer (HNPCC, FAP).
  • Patients with signs / symptoms including:
    • Abdominal pain or bloating
    • Changes in bowel habits
    • Thin stools
    • Persistent diarrhea
    • New onset of constipation
    • Blood in stools
    • Anemia (low blood count)
    • Weight loss that is not intentional

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