Colon cancer is usually preventable with the help of a screening called a colonoscopy. In its early stages, colon cancer isn't easily identified through physical symptoms — in fact, it's often symptom-free. At Las Vegas Gastroenterology, which has two locations in Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada, board-certified gastroenterologist Noel Fajardo, MD, and the team offer colonoscopy screenings to look for signs of colon cancer. To schedule your screening, call the office or book an appointment online today.
A colonoscopy is a test that looks for signs of colon cancer. This test can detect colon cancer in its earliest stages when it's still just a precancerous growth. A colonoscopy is currently the most effective tool available for colon cancer detection and prevention.
The Las Vegas Gastroenterology team recommends that most patients have their first colonoscopy at age 50. If you have a family history of colon cancer or if you've suffered from inflammatory bowel disease in the past, you may need to begin regular screenings at age 40, or even earlier, depending on your circumstances.
Your provider can recommend a personalized screening schedule that's right for you.
Your physician provides you with written pre-colonoscopy guidelines. You'll typically have to empty your bowels the day before your colonoscopy. That includes eating a clear liquid diet and avoiding any beverages with red or purple dyes.
You can have the following liquids:
You'll use a laxative the night before your colonoscopy. This cleans the bowel out so your provider can see your gastrointestinal tract clearly during the screening.
Be sure to give your physician a full list of all your medications before the screening. You may have to discontinue some of them for at least a few days.
During a colonoscopy, you'll lie on your left side while under light anesthesia. You won't be in pain, and your provider closely monitors you during the entire procedure.
He inserts a colonoscope into your anus, moving it gently into the colon. The miniature camera inside the scope sends images to a nearby screen. The procedure takes only around half an hour.
Arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home following the colonoscopy. You won’t be able to drive after the procedure due to the sedation.
Is it time for your first colonoscopy or a follow-up screening? The Las Vegas Gastroenterology team is here to help. Book your appointment by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.