Colonoscopy is a crucial procedure for evaluating the health of the colon and rectum. At Apollo Clinic Barrackpore, our dedicated team of gastroenterologists and medical professionals is committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate colonoscopy services, contributing to the early detection and management of colorectal conditions.
What is Colonoscopy?
Colonoscopy is a medical procedure that involves the examination of the inner lining of the large intestine (colon) and rectum using a long, flexible tube called a colonoscope. This diagnostic tool allows healthcare professionals to detect and diagnose various gastrointestinal conditions, including colorectal cancer, polyps, inflammation, and other abnormalities. Colonoscopy is an essential preventive and diagnostic measure, particularly for individuals aged 45 and above or those with a family history of colorectal issues.
During the procedure, the colonoscope is carefully guided through the colon, transmitting real-time images to a monitor. If any abnormalities or polyps are detected, they can be removed or biopsied for further evaluation. Colonoscopy is not only a diagnostic tool but also a preventive measure, as it enables the removal of precancerous polyps, reducing the risk of colorectal cancer.
How is Colonoscopy Conducted?
Colonoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure conducted to examine the interior lining of the colon and rectum. Prior to the procedure, patients undergo bowel preparation to ensure optimal visibility. During the colonoscopy, a thin and flexible tube called a colonoscope is gently inserted through the rectum and advanced along the colon. This tube is equipped with a light and camera, transmitting real-time images to a monitor. Most colonoscopies are performed under sedation for patient comfort. If abnormalities or polyps are detected, they can be biopsied or removed during the procedure. The entire process is relatively quick, and patients are monitored until the sedation wears off. Colonoscopy serves both diagnostic and preventive purposes, allowing for the early detection of colorectal issues and the removal of precancerous polyps. At Apollo Clinic Barrackpore, our experienced gastroenterologists ensure a safe and thorough colonoscopy experience for each patient.