When colonoscopy is performed by poorly-trained endoscopists or endoscopists who don't perform the procedure often, precancerous or difficult-to-identify flat lesions can be missed. In some cases, patients are subjected to repeat colonoscopies, unnecessary surgeries, or suffer complications as a result of a poorly performed colonoscopy.
Our board-certified gastroenterologists are expert endoscopists who have undergone years of training, allowing them to provide high-quality endoscopic exams. Board certification ensures the gastroenterologist has met an exacting and rigorous standard of clinical judgment and expertise to provide quality healthcare. Our board-certified gastroenterologists exceed national standards in detecting precancerous (adenomatous) polyps and have a lower complication rate than the national average.
You can request your screening colonoscopy at our facility with full confidence. Make your health a priority and let our team of board-certified gastroenterologists and experienced endoscopy nurses care for you during this important examination.
You will be at our facility about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Check-in time allows for verification and completion of paperwork, nurses to obtain a medical history and perform an assessment, start an intravenous lock for medication administration, and review instructions about the procedure. Some procedures last longer than the allotted time. This may delay your scheduled time.
We make every effort for a family member to be with you during the admission process. Family members are not allowed in the procedure room. Family members are encouraged to wait in our waiting room or if they need to leave for any reason, we will call them after the procedure is over.
If any indications of serious illness are found, you and/or your family will be notified immediately following the procedure by the doctor. An RN will give you a preliminary report. You will have a scheduled follow-up appointment to review your procedure results.
You are responding “awake” immediately following the procedure. You are considered impaired because of the medication you receive to relax you for up to 12 hours, so no driving or operating any mechanical equipment for 12 hours.
Yes, the gastroenterologist needs to visualize the colon. If you have not completed the prep, a residue can be left in the bowel, decreasing visibility. The procedure then has to be discontinued and rescheduled.