Screening Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy to screen for colorectal cancer is recommended for all adults age 50 or older.  In certain cases, such as family history of colorectal cancer, exams are recommended at an earlier age. The purpose of a screening colonoscopy is to detect and remove potentially premalignant growths in the colon called polyps.  Polyps often can develop over time into colorectal cancer.
 
Complications from colonoscopy are uncommon.  Sedation with Propofol or other anesthetics is provided.
 
A brief 10 – 15 minute office visit is required to set up a screening colonoscopy.  Insurance plans generally cover a screening exam.  If polyps are found, they are removed during the colonoscopy are sent to a pathology lab for expert analysis.