Many people are not aware of the importance of or even what a colonoscopy is. A colonoscopy examines the inside lining and walls of your intestine, also known as the large bowel. Colon cancer can be found in this area, and a colonoscopy can help find it before it becomes advanced enough to be detectable by other methods. The gastroenterologists at Digestive and Liver Center of Florida in Orlando, FL, Kissimmee, FL, Sanford, FL, Oviedo, FL, and Ocoee, FL, specialize in this screening.
Why Colonoscopies are Important
The colon contains millions of bacteria that have been shown to cause disease if they have access to oxygen from air swallowed during eating or drinking. The bacteria release toxins, which may lead to health issues in cells lining your intestines. Typically, a healthy lifestyle, including a nutritious diet, can resolve many health issues such as excess inflammation or even excess gas.
In cases where a person hasn't monitored their health regularly or adhered to a healthier diet or lifestyle, a person has an increased risk of complications developing malformities from harmful bacteria in the gut. Colonoscopies allow doctors to examine for abnormal growths on the cells that come into contact with these bad bacteria so they can remove them before they become cancerous.
The Colonoscopy Procedure
The colonoscopy procedure is very common and rarely has any adverse side effects. When you come to the Digestive and Liver Center of Florida offices in Orlando, FL, Kissimmee, FL, Sanford, FL, Oviedo, FL, or Ocoee, FL, you're prepped in a waiting area where you are given anesthesia. Shortly, you begin to feel very safe and comfortable.
During the procedure, a gastroenterologist will insert a colonoscope into the anus. It's a long, flexible tube with an attached camera that projects what it sees on a video screen. The doctor can then move the camera around to examine your bowel for any abnormalities or malformities closely. Patients do not remember the procedure.
Characteristics of a Normal Colonoscopy
A normal colonoscopy shows a very smooth and uniform texture throughout the intestine. No lesions or other abnormalities can be seen on the surface of the cells lining your intestinal tract. When completed, the doctors will discuss their findings with you and provide you with recommendations.