Colonoscopy in an Adult with Recently Altered Bowel Habit – Agrawal Gastrocare Center Indore

Having an altered bowel habit can be a concerning experience for anyone, especially when it persists for a significant period.

 It’s essential to address such changes promptly and seek medical advice to rule out any serious underlying conditions.

One of the diagnostic procedures that doctors may recommend in such cases is a colonoscopy. In this blog, we’ll explore what a colonoscopy is, why it’s essential, and what to expect during the procedure.

What is a Colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a medical procedure used to examine the large intestine (colon) and the rectum. It involves inserting a flexible, thin tube with a small camera called a colonoscope into the rectum to visualize the colon’s inner lining. The procedure helps doctors detect abnormalities, such as inflammation, polyps, or cancer.

Colonoscopy in an Adult with Recently Altered Bowel Habit - Agrawal Gastrocare Center Indore

Why is a Colonoscopy Recommended?

If you’re an adult experiencing recent changes in your bowel habits, such as persistent diarrhea, constipation, or unexplained blood in your stool, your doctor may recommend a colonoscopy to:

  • Rule Out Colorectal Cancer: Colonoscopy is an effective tool for the early detection and prevention of colorectal cancer, which is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths.
  • Diagnose Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD): It can help identify conditions like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis that cause inflammation in the colon.
  • Detect and Remove Polyps: Polyps are small growths that can sometimes develop into cancer. Colonoscopy allows doctors to remove these polyps before they become problematic.

How to Prepare for a Colonoscopy?

Preparing for a colonoscopy is a crucial step to ensure the procedure’s success and accuracy. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Your doctor will provide you with specific instructions for bowel preparation, which usually involves a liquid diet and laxatives to clean your colon thoroughly.
  • It’s essential to follow these instructions carefully to avoid any residue that could obstruct the view during the colonoscopy.

What Happens During the Colonoscopy?

The colonoscopy procedure typically takes around 30 to 60 minutes and follows these steps:

  • You will be given a sedative or anesthesia to make you feel relaxed and comfortable during the procedure.
  • The colonoscope is gently inserted into your rectum and gradually advanced through your colon. The camera at the tip of the colonoscope transmits images to a monitor, allowing the doctor to examine the colon’s lining carefully.
  • If any polyps are found, the doctor may remove them during the procedure using specialized tools.
  • Once the examination is complete, the colonoscope is slowly withdrawn, and the procedure is finished.

Dr. Amit Agarwal
Director & Gastroenterologist Consultant
Agarwal Gastrocare Center Indore

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