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What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a screening test used to detect colon cancer or polyps (precancerous growths). During this procedure, your surgeon examines the entire large intestine (colon and rectum), with a colonoscope, a long, thin, flexible tube equipped with a small light and camera on its tip. In addition to screening for potential cancer, a colonoscopy aids in diagnosing and treating diseases that cause rectal bleeding, change in bowel habits, Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.

When should I have a colonoscopy?

We recommend you get your first colonoscopy at age 50, because colon cancer usually develops in people older than this. However, if you have a close relative who has had colon cancer or if you are African American, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with us for a consultation. You may be more susceptible to this disease than the average person. We are committed to providing you with all the information you need to help you make informed decisions about your health. Call us at Chicago Office Phone Number 312-929-3140, and let’s start the conversation!

For more information, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lotsu, call our office in Chicago, IL at Chicago Office Phone Number 312-929-3140, or request an appointment online.

What can I expect during my colonoscopy?

Your comfort is very important to us, so we have anesthesia staff that provide safe and comfortable sedation for our patients. You will be asleep, so this procedure is pain-free. After your 30-45 minute colonoscopy, you will be in recovery for 30 minutes.

Colonoscopies are usually repeated every 10 years. Additional questions regarding colonoscopy preparation, instructions, expectations, risks, and benefits are addressed here.

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