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Colonoscopy Specialist

Digestive Disorders Associates and MDTEC

Gastroenterology & Hepatology located in Annapolis, MD, Gambrills, MD & Chester, MD

At Digestive Disorders Associates in Annapolis, Chester, and Gambrills/Waugh Chapel, Maryland, the skilled physicians provide a variety of services to protect your colon health, including on-site colonoscopies. A colonoscopy is an essential part of colon cancer prevention and an effective tool for diagnosing a number of digestive issues. For your convenience, the medical team also offers an open access colonoscopy program that eliminates the need for colonoscopy consultation to determine your eligibility for testing. Learn more about the benefits of a colonoscopy and the open access colonoscopy program by calling the office directly or booking an appointment online today.

Colonoscopy Q & A

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that can detect abnormalities in your large intestine or colon.

Your Digestive Disorders Associates provider may recommend a colonoscopy as a screening tool for colon cancer. You may also need a colonoscopy to diagnose issues like:

  • Diarrhea
  • Blood in your stool
  • Persistent abdominal pain
  • Change in bowel habits

You may qualify for a routine colonoscopy screening using the open access colonoscopy program. This program allows a Digestive Disorders Associates nurse to review your medical records and determine your eligibility for a colon screening. This eliminates the need for a consultation with one of our providers.

What can I expect during a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy uses a four-foot long, thin, flexible tube that has an attached camera and a light source. Your provider inserts the tip of the colonoscope into the opening of your anus and slowly guides it into the rectum and colon.

The attached camera transmits real-time visual images of the inside of your colon and your provider can view these images, looking for abnormalities along the path of the camera.

How do I prepare for a colonoscopy?

In order to ensure accurate results, you must have a clean colon. Your Digestive Disorders Associates doctor provides complete instructions for preparing your colon for the test, which may include following a clear, liquid diet for several days before the exam, using laxatives, or other special cleansing solutions. 

You may also need to avoid certain foods in the days leading up to the exam, such as foods with seeds.

Any stool remaining in the colon can affect the results of your test, so following the special preparation instructions is important.

Is a colonoscopy painful?

To keep you comfortable during the procedure, your physician administers intravenous medications to relax you and prevent pain. Throughout the procedure, the medical team monitors your blood pressure and heart rhythm for your safety.

What is recovery like after a colonoscopy?

Following your procedure, it takes some time for the sedative to wear off before you can go home. A friend or family member will need to drive you home and should stay with you for the rest of the day.

It’s normal to feel some abdominal pressure, bloating, and cramping in the hours after the procedure. Your Digestive Disorders Associates physician may provide you with additional medications to keep you comfortable while recovering at home.

Learn more about the benefits of a colonoscopy by calling the office or scheduling a visit using the online booking feature today.