A colonoscopy is an exam conducted to detect changes or abnormalities in the large intestine (colon) and the rectum. A colonoscopy is done by using a long, flexible video colonoscope, which is a tube-like shape and is inserted in the rectum. The colonoscope is used to direct and move around the many curvatures of the colon. The colonoscope has a tiny video camera at the tip of the tube that allows the doctor to get a clear view of the colon and displays the image on a large video screen. Additionally, there is an open channel in the scope that allows other equipment to pass through in order to perform biopsies, remove polyps, or inject solutions.
Reasons For a Colonoscopy
There are many issues that can arise in the colon, which is why it is important to have a colonoscopy performed. When diagnosing a problem in the colon, a colonoscopy is performed, which allows doctors to get a visual exam of the colon. Here are some of the issues that can be detected in a colonoscopy:
- Colon cancer
- Inflammatory bowel disease, such as colitis or Crohn’s disease
- Diverticulosis or diverticulitis
- Bleeding lesions
- Abdominal issues, such as abdominal pain or discomfort
- Abnormal barium
- Chronic diarrhea
- Change in bowel movements
Contact Us For a Colonoscopy in Thousand Oaks
At The Office of Dr. Sharam Daneshgar, MD, our doctor and team are highly experienced in performing colonoscopies. Colonoscopies are usually performed under sedation, which is administered by an anesthesiologist. Patients typically don’t remember the examination, as they are usually sleeping throughout the procedure due to sedation. However, it’s important to know that sedation isn’t always necessary. But keep in mind, if you choose not to be sedated, the procedure can be moderately uncomfortable, resulting in bloating, pressure, and cramping.
If you would like to schedule a colonoscopy with our experienced gastroenterologist in Thousand Oaks, feel free to contact us today. We will provide you with the best care.