At Downtown Baltimore Surgery Center, we will manage your colonoscopy in Baltimore, MD as well as take into consideration your complete medical history. In most cases, we are able to schedule a colonoscopy for a same day appointment.
A colonoscopy is a test that allows your doctor to make a large intestine examination and then to look at the inner lining. This helps find abnormal areas in the colon and is used for colon cancer screening. During a colonoscopy, we may collect these abnormal tissues and take out abnormal growths, called polyps.
The instrument we use is the colonoscope, a thin, flexible tube with a small video camera attached so that your doctor can take pictures or a video of the large intestine. It can be used to look at the whole colon and the lower part of the small intestine. A test called a sigmoidoscopy shows only the rectum and the lower part of the colon.
Before the test, you need to cleanse your colon. This can take several days, depending on what your doctor orders. Some preps can be taken the evening before the test. For many, the prep is worse than the test. It may be uncomfortable, so plan to stay home during this time since you will need to use the bathroom often. The colon prep causes loose stools and diarrhea so that your intestine will be empty for the test. Make sure you have clear juices or soda to drink after the prep because it may have an unpleasant taste.
There are several other screening tests for colon cancer. Come to our facility to discuss with the doctors and staff which procedure is right for you. We take into consideration your history, preferences, and your risk factors.