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When To See Your Gastroenterologist For A Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy from your gastroenterologists in Orlando, Ocoee, Oviedo, Sanford, or Kissimmee, FL, can protect your health.

People don’t talk much about a colonoscopy, but it’s an important procedure that can save your life. In fact, colorectal cancer can be life-threatening.

The gastroenterologists at Digestive and Liver Center of Florida offer a wide range of GI services, including colonoscopies, to protect your health. They have convenient office locations in Orlando, Ocoee, Oviedo, Sanford, or Kissimmee, FL, for your colonoscopy.

So, when should you see your gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is recommended when you reach 50 years old. The procedure is also recommended if you experience:

  • Bleeding from your rectum
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Frequent constipation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Tarry, black stools, which could mean you have blood in your stool

You will be sedated for your colonoscopy where a thin, flexible tube is inserted into your rectum. The tube is guided up through your colon. The tube has a camera at one end which allows your doctor to see the inside of your colon.

Sometimes colon growths known as polyps may be found. Your doctor can remove them during the colonoscopy procedure. These growths can be submitted for a biopsy, later on, to determine whether the tissue is benign, precancerous, or cancerous.

A colonoscopy procedure takes about 45 minutes, but you will be in the office for 2 to 3 hours due to sedation. You need to make arrangements for someone to drive you home afterward.

You deserve to live a long, healthy life, and a colonoscopy can help protect you against colorectal cancer. To learn more about how a colonoscopy can protect your health, call the gastroenterologists at Digestive and Liver Center of Florida. You can reach them in Orlando, Ocoee, Oviedo, Sanford, or Kissimmee, FL, by calling (407) 384-7388!

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