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Colonoscopy at Drexel Gastroenterology

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths and often has no symptoms. Regular colorectal cancer screening can reduce a person's risk of death by 90% by providing early detection. Drexel Medicine's Center for Digestive Health has been recognized for quality and safety by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). We offer routine outpatient colonoscopy and endoscopy procedures at the Drexel Medicine Center City located at 219 N. Broad Street.

What Is a Colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is performed by a specially trained physician using the most current technology to diagnose and treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Using a flexible, thin tube called an endoscope, the doctor is able to access the digestive tract and observe the condition and any problems of the colon, or large intestine.

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Schedule a Colonoscopy

To schedule a colonoscopy, please call 866.494.0046.

Preparing for a Colonoscopy

The colon needs to be cleansed prior to a colonoscopy. Methods for cleansing the bowel include:

  • Enemas
  • Laxatives
  • Not consuming solid food
  • Drinking clear fluids including fat-free broth, water, plain coffee and tea, strained fruit juice, sports drinks, and gelatin

Patients should discuss any medications they are taking with their physician prior to preparing for a colonoscopy.

The Colonoscopy Procedure

Patients will be given a sedative and pain medication prior to their colonoscopy and be asked to lie on their left side. Following a rectal examination that will dilate, or widen, the rectum and check for blockages, a colonoscope will be inserted and gently guided through the large intestine. Air may be inserted into the colon through the colonoscope to provide the physician with a better view.

During the colonoscopy, the physician will inspect the large intestine for polyps and any abnormal looking tissue. Polyps may develop into cancer so removing them during a colonoscopy can greatly reduce the risk factors. A biopsy done during a colonoscopy is usually painless.

After a colonoscopy, which typically takes between 30 to 60 minutes to perform, patients will need an additional one to two hours recovery time to allow the sedatives to wear off. Patients may feel abdominal cramping and experience excess gas. Patients must be escorted home.

The process for cleaning the colon prior to a colonoscopy, such as laxatives, can be dehydrating, so it is recommended that patients consume ample fluids after the procedure.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

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