If you have chronic stomach or digestive issues, a colonoscopy can help to diagnose the problem. Colonoscopies are also recommended about every ten years if you're over the age of 50. At Downtown Gastro Medical Group, Dr. Daniel Brelian offers this standard procedure and other gastroenterology services for patients in Los Angeles and the surrounding communities. To book an appointment, call today or use the convenient online scheduler.
A colonoscopy is a procedure that allows Dr. Brelian to see the inside of your rectum and colon using a colonoscope, which is a long and flexible tube that is attached to a tiny camera.
A virtual colonoscopy is comparable to a traditional colonoscopy, except it is non-invasive and uses an X-ray test. A virtual colonoscopy does not allow Dr. Brelian to see the entire length of your colon, and may not reveal as much information about the health of your gastrointestinal tract as a traditional colonoscopy.
The American Cancer Society recommends that anyone over the age of 50 should have a colonoscopy about every ten years, to check for colon and rectal cancer. However, a colonoscopy is also helpful if you're suffering from gastrointestinal symptoms that can't be diagnosed with other methods.
Dr. Brelian might recommend a colonoscopy if you have:
Before a colonoscopy, Dr. Brelian might give you medication or sedate you to help you relax or to prevent any pain or discomfort. You lie on your side, and he inserts the colonoscope through your rectum, moving it down the length of your colon so he can best view all areas of the organ. The colonoscope also blows air through your colon, which helps it to expand and provide a more comprehensive view.
If Dr. Brelian sees anything abnormal in your colon, he can remove small amounts of tissue for a biopsy. He can also remove polyps or growths that may be causing intestinal problems.
Some patients who undergo a colonoscopy without sedation may feel mild cramping during the procedure, but it is generally not painful. The procedure usually takes less than an hour.
After Dr. Brelian completes the procedure, you’re taken to a recovery room to rest for about 30 minutes. You might notice some light cramping or gas, but you can expect to resume your normal activities and diet the same day. Dr. Brelian gives you aftercare instructions and follows up with you about the results of your procedure.
A colonoscopy, while it may sound uncomfortable, is a useful diagnostic tool that might help you avoid complicated surgery or further intestinal distress.
To book an appointment at Downtown Gastro Medical Group, call or schedule online today.