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Colonoscopy Procedure in New Lenox, IL

If you are in need of a colonoscopy, then come to the best gastroenterologist in the New Lenox, IL area. Dr Zahid Afzal MD and staff are conveniently located near you at 678 Cedar Crossings Drive New Lenox, IL 60451. Our office is open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Call today

Colonoscopy Procedure New Lenox, IL

Have you been experiencing pain in your abdomen, rectal bleeding, chronic diarrhea or chronic constipation and other intestinal problems? If so, you may need a colonoscopy. Our doctor, Dr Zahid Afzal, MD and our knowledgeable, and kind staff are here to help you with all your gastrointestinal needs in the New Lenox, IL area. A colonoscopy is an essential procedure for the symptoms listed previously because this procedure can detect and find issues within your colon such as colon cancer and other possible problems. This screening will help our doctor explore the reasons behind the symptoms you are experiencing.

So, what is a Colonoscopy? A colonoscopy is a procedure in which the doctor will use a flexible, thin, camera or scope to explore your colon and lower intestine to check for disease and irregularities. During your colonoscopy, our doctor may also remove tissue and cells within your body for a biopsy, to examine the extent of possible disease. Polyps may also be removed during the process of a colonoscopy, which is abnormal tissue growth.

Even if you have not necessarily experienced any of the symptoms previously mentioned, individuals over the age of 50 are at higher risk for developing colon cancer and should receive a colonoscopy at least once every ten years. Individuals who are over 50 and experience symptoms of colon cancer should have a colonoscopy more frequently. Having a colonoscopy is a preventative procedure to colon cancer, as it allows you and your doctor to see how your colon and intestines are functioning and prepare for any necessary steps in treating the symptoms.

There are few risks in having a colonoscopy procedure. This procedure is somewhat routine, and any lasting effects from the test are minimal and usually resolve within one to two days. However, there are some complications to note that are rather rare. One of those rare complications to be aware of are a reaction to the sedative medication that is given for the procedure. Please make sure always to inform your doctors of drug allergies or adverse side affects you have experienced. Other complications include a tear in the colon or rectal wall and bleeding from the biopsy site. Make sure always to inform your doctor if you feel the effects of the colonoscopy have gone on longer than a doctor suggests they will.

Preparing for a colonoscopy is important. You will have to prepare your bowel and adjust your diet accordingly, so there are no obstructions or complications with the colonoscopy procedure. It is necessary for you to prepare with a clear liquid diet for 24 to 72 hours before your procedure. A clear liquid diet includes such items as gelatin, chicken or vegetable broth, plain coffee or tea, sports drinks such as Powerade or Gatorade and pulp-free juices. It is essential the liquids do not contain a dye or extra coloring ingredients, as some colors such as red or purple can discolor your colon, making it difficult for the doctor to get an accurate view of your colon. A laxative or enema may be used before your procedure to flush out your colon leading up to the procedure as well.

It is always important to remember to keep your doctor in the loop about all medications, even over the counter ones. Some medicines can affect the procedure, and your doctor may ask you to stop taking them in preparation for your visit.

Some things to expect following your colonoscopy; a sedative will be given for the procedure, so having someone provide transportation for you will be helpful as not driving for 24 hours is advised. You’ll experience some bloating and gas which is normal. Inform your doctor if these symptoms increase or last longer than a day. Small amounts of blood in your stool is also common following a colonoscopy. If a fever has developed, or you pass blood clots, call your doctor right away.

If you have any further questions or concerns about the colonoscopy procedure, please do not hesitate to give us a call. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

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