A colonoscopy is the evaluation of the colon and the lower part of the small bowel with a camera that is attached to a flexible tube and passed through the rectum. During the procedure, Dr. Fedi may need to take some photographs for you record and some tissue samples, or biopsies, from the lining of large bowel to analyze.
This is how we screen for colorectal cancer, which is the third-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. For those at average risk, meaning no close relative who had colon cancer, the first colonoscopy should be performed at 50 years old. Besides screening for colorectal cancer, colonoscopies can be done for rectal bleeding, changes in bowel, and to identify Inflammatory Bowel Disease like Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis.
Our patients are important to us here at Beaumont GI Services. Please do not hesitate to contact Beaumont GI Services, whether before or after your procedure, with any questions or concerns.