Colon Polyps & Cancer
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A colonoscopy is recommended every 10 years for anyone aged 50 and older. However, some individuals may be at a higher risk for colon cancer and will require a colonoscopy screening earlier or more often. You are at a higher risk for colon cancer if you:
My doctor determined that I need a colonoscopy. What’s next?
Once your provider has determined that there is a need for a colonoscopy, you’ll need to contact the Center for Colonoscopy Excellence (CCE) to schedule an appointment. After your appointment is scheduled, the CCE team will help you prepare for your colonoscopy. Many patients feel overwhelmed by colonoscopy prep, but the professionals at CCE use a streamlined process that keeps preparation as simple and as convenient as possible.
What is the preparation process?
CCE’s uses a carefully-chosen, low-volume prep solution that is consumed by the patient in split doses. You drink half of the solution the day before the colonoscopy and the other half several hours before the procedure.
Only clear liquids are allowed the day before the procedure. You won’t be able to consume solid foods until after the colonoscopy is complete.
What is it like after a colonoscopy?
The staff at CCE uses the sedative Propofol during a colonoscopy, so recovery time is usually faster than with a conventional sedative. Patients often report that they do not come out of surgery feeling groggy and are able to easily have a conversation with their physician about 5 to 10 minutes after waking from the procedure. Although you should not drive within 12 hours of the procedure or go to work that day, you are able to resume a normal diet as long as your first meal post-colonoscopy isn’t too heavy.
With board certified doctors, the highest level of care and total patient comfort, patients choose the Center for Colonoscopy Excellence from throughout Northern California’s Bay Area, including Marin County, Oakland, Berkeley, Palo Alto and other local communities.
The Center for Colonoscopy Excellence, a division of San Francisco Gastroenterology, is the first in the Bay Area to comprehensively focus on screening colonoscopy. Our doctors have performed over 20,000 endoscopic procedures, placing them among the most experienced gastroenterologists in Northern California.
Over 90% of colon cancer deaths are preventable and screening is the key!
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