Colonoscopy at King’s Daughters Clinic.
High Quality Colonoscopy Results located in Temple, TX.
Routine: Recommended at age 50 for adults with no family history of colon or rectal cancer or other known risk factors and every 10 years thereafter.
Diagnostic: Usually done when a symptom (such as rectal bleeding) or any other risk factors are apparent in order to determine or detect colon abnormalities.
Preparation for your Colonoscopy:
Before the procedure is scheduled, be sure to inform your provider if you are taking blood thinners such as aspirin or Coumadin and of all known medical diagnoses such as kidney disease or diabetes.
Stop taking all prescription and over-the-counter medications that contain iron or red dye for 24-48 hours before the exam as instructed by your physician. Example: iron supplements, vitamins and red Jell-O or red drinks.
Follow your provider’s instructions for colon preparation: Your provider may prescribe pill or liquid laxatives and/or enemas to ensure that your colon is free of obstructions that might affect the procedure or test results.
Ingest only clear liquids and/or soft clear foods like Jell-O 24 hours before the procedure as instructed by your provider. Examples: water, tea, clear broth, juices and Jell-O (only those that do not contain red dye). Do not eat or drink anything for 8 hours before your procedure.
Colonoscope-Tiny camera at the end of a long, narrow black tube.
What will I experience during a colonoscopy?
The physician performing the exam may give you a mild sedative and possibly pain medication to ensure that you are relaxed and comfortable during the procedure.
The physician and the staff will assist you onto the exam table and on to your left side.
Once you are comfortable and in position, the physician will insert the camera into your rectum and colon to view the tissue. During the procedure the physician will pump a small amount of air into your colon to allow visualization of the colon lining. This may cause a minimal amount of discomfort or abdominal cramping.
The physician may remove small growths or polyps, take tissue samples or cauterize certain tissues during the procedure.
The removed tissue may be sent to a pathology lab for evaluation to determine the nature of the tissue and if any treatment will be required.
The procedure usually takes 30-60 minutes.
Once complete, you will be assisted to an area to recover from the effects of the sedative and pain medication.
It is normal to feel bloated or to experience gas pain and pressure. You may also experience a minimal amount of bleeding from the rectum. This is normal and only a cause for concern if clots are passed or the bleeding continues.
How will I get the results of the test?
The results of your exam may be provided to you at the time of the exam, by phone, or at a follow-up office visit.
Why should I have a colonoscopy?
Benefits include the possibility of early detection of colon cancer and less invasive treatment for any colon abnormalities found.
How do I schedule a colonoscopy?
Discuss colonoscopies with your primary care physician at King’s Daughters Clinic. They can assist you with making arrangements for this test to be done by a King’s Daughters Clinic surgeon or gastroenterologist.
To schedule an appointment with Family Practice call: 254-298-2480.
To schedule an appointment with Internal Medicine call: 254-298-2560.