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If you need a colonoscopy in the Houston, TX area, you should consult the Houston Digestive Diseases Consultants team. A colonoscopy is a routine procedure that allows your healthcare provider to check your colon using a colonoscope inserted in your rectum.

Before the colonoscopy

As with most medical procedures, you will discuss with your doctor why you need the procedure and complete the relevant information providing your consent for the procedure to take place. You will be asked to refrain from eating and drinking for at least eight hours before your procedure. And, you will be given medication to cleanse or empty your colon that day before, usually a laxative. Finally, you need to notify your healthcare provider of any medicine you take regularly.

During the colonoscopy

A colonoscopy for Houston, TX residents, can be an out- or inpatient procedure. You will be asked to remove any jewelry and your clothing and wear a hospital gown. Next, you will receive pain or sedative medication to minimize discomfort through an IV line placed in your arm. Your vitals will be monitored constantly, including your heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels. You may receive oxygen.

When the procedure commences, you will be asked to lie on your left side and bring your knees up to your chest. A lubricated tube with a camera and light will be inserted through your anus, and it will move through the colon. You may experience mild pain and discomfort. If you are awake, you will be asked to take slow deep breaths and change positions to assist the movement of the tube through your body.

A colonoscopy can take place under general anesthesia if necessary. In which case, medical personnel will assist if your body needs to be adjusted.

During a colonoscopy, your doctor may use air, water, and suction to assist with the procedure. These three things will help with visuals, cleaning, and removing liquid stool. Your colon will be thoroughly checked, and your doctor may take photos of the inside of your colon or remove polyps.

After the colonoscopy

When the procedure is complete, the tube will be removed, and you will be taken to recovery to recuperate until you are stable. If it is an outpatient procedure, you will be released to return home. You can expect some extra flatulence for 24 hours, and you will likely need to drink extra fluids.

If you need a colonoscopy in the Houston, TX area, then contact the Houston Digestive Diseases Consultants team on 713-777-2555, 713-880-8707, or 713-796-8627 to make an appointment.

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