When you visit Dr. Silver for a colonoscopy, you are tested for abnormalities in your colon. The test is completed using a colonoscope, which is a thin tube that is inserted into your large intestine, also known as your colon, as well as your rectum. This tube has a camera on the end so that Dr. Silver can take a video recording of the colon. To prepare for a colonoscopy you will need to empty your colon prior to the procedure. Dr. Silver’s office will provide you with detailed instructions on how to do this. This will likely entail following a special diet of clear liquids the day before you go for the colonoscopy. You may need to take a laxative or use an enema prior to the test.
The most common reason for getting a colonoscopy is to test for internal concerns. For example, if you are dealing with abdominal pain, intestinal complaints, or rectal bleeding, a colonoscopy can help Dr. Silver locate the source of the problem. If you are a healthy adult, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases recommends getting a colonoscopy when you turn 50. For adults who are at risk for colorectal cancer, you will need to consult with Dr. Silver for more frequent colonoscopies.
A colonoscopy is not a surgical procedure. However, it is completed either as an outpatient procedure or in a hospital depending on your personal health history. When you get a colonoscopy you are given intravenous sedatives, pain medication, or anesthesia to help you relax. The procedure takes anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. Afterward, you will need someone to drive you home due to the effects of the intravenous medication. You’ll be able to receive some results from the procedure immediately, while biopsy results will take a few days.
At Dr. Silver's practice, we are in-network with Medicare, Blue Cross, and Blue Shield. Please contact our office if you have any questions.
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