Central Ohio General Surgeons perform outpatient procedure. Which your large bowel (colon and rectum) is examined.
The procedure to diagnose and treat, when possible, certain diseases of the lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which includes the rectum and colon.
A colonoscopy may be used to screen for colon cancer and evaluate many problems, including:
• Abdominal pain • Anemia (low red blood cells) • Blood in the stool • Change in bowel habits • Unexplained weight loss
Colonoscopy is often used to treat certain conditions:
• Bleeding from diverticula or other lesions can be treated by injecting medicine around them or by applying heat to cauterize -- or seal -- them. • Polyps, some of which may be cancerous, can be removed using a lasso-like device through the colonoscope. • Narrowed areas or strictures can often be dilated using a balloon.