Posts for tag: colonoscopy

By Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders
June 09, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: colonoscopy  

Wondering when you should start having colonoscopies? Dr. Jonathan Jensen, your Longmont gastroenterologist at Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders, shares information about this potentially life-saving screening test and explains when you should receive your first colonoscopy.Colonoscopies

When should I have my first colonoscopy?

Colonoscopies are recommended beginning at age 50, although your Longmont gastroenterologist may recommend the test earlier if you have gastrointestinal issues. If your first colonoscopy is normal, you can expect to repeat the test in another 10 years.

Why are colonoscopies important?

The earliest stages of colon cancer are often symptomless. By the time you develop symptoms, the cancer is often at an advanced stage that's difficult to treat. Colonoscopies not only identify potentially cancerous spots in your colon but also detect polyps. Polyps are small growths that form in the lining of your colon. Some of them are cancerous, while others may become cancerous if they're not removed. During your colonoscopy, your doctor will remove any polyps he spots and send them to a laboratory for analysis.

I've heard bad things about colonoscopy prep. Is it really necessary?

During the colonoscopy prep process, you'll use laxatives or a cleansing solution to clear out your colon. This step is a crucial part of the colonoscopy process. If your colon isn't completely clear, your gastroenterologist can't get a good view of your colon and could easily miss a polyp or suspicious area.

Why are colonoscopies recommended?

In addition to cancer screening, your doctor may suggest a colonoscopy to determine if a gastrointestinal condition or disease is responsible for your chronic diarrhea, rectal bleeding, anemia, unexplained weight loss, abdominal pain, constipation or change in bowel movements.

What happens during a colonoscopy?

You'll receive a sedative or general anesthesia before the colonoscopy begins. During the procedure, your gastroenterologist will gently guide a thin scope that contains a miniature camera along your large intestine. He'll watch the images transmitted by the camera as the scope advances and retreats and search for polyps, tumors, lesions or other problems. You'll spend an hour or two recovering before being released. Because you've received anesthesia, you'll need to ask a friend or family member to drive you home.

Safeguard your health with a colonoscopy. Call Dr. Jensen, your Longmont gastroenterologist at Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders, at (303) 776-6115 to schedule an appointment.

By Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders
April 13, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: colonoscopy  

Regular screenings are key to preventing colon cancer.

Colorectal cancer is a cancer that starts in the colon or rectum and is the third most common form of cancer in the US. From the office Colonoscopyof your Longmont, CO gastroenterologist, Dr. Jonathan Jensen, find out if you should be getting regular colon cancer screenings.

What is the purpose of these screenings?

Just as with any disorder or disease, getting regular screenings could prevent health problems from affecting you. These screenings are able to detect and remove cancerous and precancerous polyps early on so they can be removed before the cancer spreads. Since early colorectal cancer doesn’t often cause symptoms, it’s important your Longmont GI doctor screens you.

What does a colorectal cancer screening involve?

A colonoscopy is really the best procedure for detecting colorectal cancer. A colonoscopy uses a small, flexible tube to examine the lining of your colon. The tube (also known as a colonoscope) is inserted into the rectum and carefully guided into the colon. The colonoscope contains a video camera to help us check the health of your colon and to look for issues such as polyps that may need to be removed.

How often should I be screened?

Starting at age 50, both men and women should start getting regular colorectal cancer screenings. If you are at an increased risk, you may need to start getting screened earlier. Depending on the results of your screening, we will determine how often you will need to get screened. Typically those with healthy results won’t need to get another colonoscopy for 10 years.

What are the risk factors for colorectal cancer?

There are several risk factors that could predispose you to colorectal cancer including:

  • Family history of colorectal cancer
  • Race (African Americans are at a higher risk)
  • Age (people over the age of 50)
  • Being overweight
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Diet high in red and processed meats
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Smoking
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

Whether you are at risk or not, if you are over the age of 50 it’s time you scheduled your first colonoscopy. Turn to Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders in Longmont, CO for the individualized and compassionate care you deserve.

By Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders
December 24, 2015
Category: Health
Tags: colonoscopy  

A colonoscopy is a test that is used to prevent colorectal cancer and other serious digestive disorders. Patients of Front Range Gastroenterology in Longmont, CO, often want to know if and when they need a colonoscopy. If this question has been on your mind, colonoscopytake a moment to gain a fuller understanding of the purpose of a colonoscopy test and when it becomes a necessity.

The Purpose of a Colonoscopy
A colonoscopy is a way for your doctor to take a close look at your digestive system, including your rectum and colon (the large intestine). It is the best way to identify and diagnose potential issues, including abnormal growths, ulcers, inflammation and pre-cancer. The doctor inserts a tube attached to a tiny camera that takes images of the inside of the large intestine. If a concern is identified, urgent action can be taken to resolve the problem.

When Do You Need a Colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a procedure that you must have performed by a Longmont, CO, gastroenterologist. It’s a test that is usually recommended only when there are symptoms or a family history of colon-related problems. Here are a few reasons why you might need a colonoscopy:

  • Severe pain or discomfort in the abdomen or blood in the stool when eliminating.
  • A family or personal history of colorectal cancer or polyps.
  • You have reached age 50, which is the recommended age for your first colonoscopy screening.

What to Expect at Your Appointment
If you’re due for a colonoscopy, your doctor will give you a set of instructions for how to prepare for this appointment. You’ll normally have to fast from eating solid foods for 24 hours before the appointment and clear your colon. The doctor will provide you with a cleansing solution to drink at certain intervals before your exam. You’ll likely be sedated to ensure a comfortable experience during the test.

Schedule Your Test Today
Getting a colonoscopy can give you peace of mind and allows your doctor to catch potential concerns before they can develop into more serious issues. Call (303) 776-6115 today to schedule your test with a gastroenterologist at Front Range Gastroenterology in Longmont, CO.