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What is a colonoscopy?
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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology
6 doctors agree
In brief: Look inside colon
You are sedated (very sleepy, but still breathing on your own).
The endoscopist places an instrument through your anus and then passes it into the colon to carefully exam the colon for polyps, cancer, etc. If any abnormalities are found a biopsy may be done. Typically, it is painless - the only bother is cleaning out your bowels beforehand and even that's not so bad.

In brief: Look inside colon
You are sedated (very sleepy, but still breathing on your own).
The endoscopist places an instrument through your anus and then passes it into the colon to carefully exam the colon for polyps, cancer, etc. If any abnormalities are found a biopsy may be done. Typically, it is painless - the only bother is cleaning out your bowels beforehand and even that's not so bad.
Dr. Richard Orr
Dr. Richard Orr
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In brief: Look in the colon
A flexible camera is placed in the rectum gently, while you are sedated, and the entire colon is examined.
You won't remember a thing! everyone should have a endoscopy at 50 (sooner if you have a family history). The chance to take out tumors (like the one in the picture) can save your life!

In brief: Look in the colon
A flexible camera is placed in the rectum gently, while you are sedated, and the entire colon is examined.
You won't remember a thing! everyone should have a endoscopy at 50 (sooner if you have a family history). The chance to take out tumors (like the one in the picture) can save your life!
Dr. Scott Welker
Dr. Scott Welker
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Dr. Enrique Molina
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
In brief: Camera
It is a fiberoptic camera that is inserted through your rectum / anus in order to examine the colon.

In brief: Camera
It is a fiberoptic camera that is inserted through your rectum / anus in order to examine the colon.
Dr. Enrique Molina
Dr. Enrique Molina
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