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Ramesh Ashwath, MD, FACG -  - Board Certified Gastroenterologist

Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care

Ramesh Ashwath, MD, FACG

Board Certified Gastroenterologist located in Brandon, FL

Each year, more than 19 million Americans undergo a colonoscopy. This quick, outpatient procedure acts as the first line of defense against colon cancer and other serious health problems. At Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care in Brandon, Florida, board-certified gastroenterologist Ramesh Ashwath, MD, FACG and the team provide colonoscopy screenings. To schedule an appointment, book online or call the office today.

Colonoscopy Q & A

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a preventive screening measure used to check for disease or abnormalities in your large intestine.

During a colonoscopy, the team at Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care inserts a thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope into your anus. The colonoscope has a light and camera on the end that provides real-time images to help your provider make a diagnosis.

If necessary, your provider can also take a biopsy and send it to a lab for additional testing.

Why would I need a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy helps the team at Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care pinpoint specific problems with your large intestine and colon, including:

  • Cancer and other diseases
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Abdominal pain and bleeding
  • Unexplained weight loss, diarrhea, and constipation

Nearly 90% of polyps and cancerous tumors can be detected through colonoscopy screenings.

How often do I need a colonoscopy?

It’s recommended that people between the ages of 50-75 undergo a colonoscopy once every 10 years. If you have a family history of colon cancer or you’re at an increased risk due to an underlying health problem, more frequent screenings may be necessary. 

How do I prepare for a colonoscopy?

To prepare for a colonoscopy, you consume a clear liquid diet for 24-72 hours before your procedure. A typical bowel prep diet includes broth, Jello-O, pulp-free juice, and plain coffee or tea. During prep, avoid drinking any beverages with colored dyes as they can discolor your colon and complicate the procedure. 

The team at Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care gives you a prescription laxative to take as well. You might also need an enema to flush your colon before the procedure.

How does colonoscopy work?

A colonoscopy typically takes between 15 minutes and one hour. Before treatment, you receive a sedative and pain medication through an IV. This ensures your comfort throughout the screening.

You lie on your side on an exam table and pull your knees close to your chest. Your provider gently guides the colonoscope into your anus, through your rectum, and into your colon. Once positioned, your provider inflates your colon with air or carbon dioxide. This allows for more detailed observation.

Following your appointment, a friend or family member should drive you home because the anesthesia takes a few hours to wear off. A few days later, your provider gives you a call to explain the results of your test.

If your primary care physician recommends a colonoscopy, schedule an appointment at Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care. Book a consultation online or call the office today. 

Why a Colonoscopy: 

It is done to view the rectum and colon, using a colonoscope, which is a long, flexible tube with a camera on the end. Colonoscopy is done to check for colon cancer and other problems in the large intestine, as well as to treat and remove polyps. A biopsy can be done during a colonoscopy to look for microscopic evidence of disease.

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