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A colonoscopy is a screening procedure that allows your gastroenterologist to find and view any abnormalities in the colon. Small pieces of the abnormalities can be removed during colonoscopies for biopsy and further diagnosis. Your provider may recommend a colonoscopy for:

A colonoscopy usually lasts 30 to 60 minutes. You will be given medication to help you relax during the procedure. Your doctor will insert a colonoscope, which is a long flexible wire, into the rectum to view the large intestine.

You will need to do prep work before the colonoscopy. Your doctor will give you specific instructions, which may include limiting your diet and fluid intake. You will also need to take laxatives to clean the intestine and will receive two enemas before your procedure.

You will need someone to drive you home after the procedure. Be sure to follow all discharge instructions and let your doctor know right away if you have:

  • Excessive rectal bleeding

  • Severe abdominal pain

  • Fever

  • Chills

An Accurate Diagnosis from an Experienced Team

When you need a colonoscopy, you want an expert on your side to give you an accurate diagnosis. The gastroenterologists at Temple Health offer unmatched experience when it comes to performing colonoscopies and understanding the results. They make sure you get started on a treatment plan that helps relieve your symptoms.

Our multidisciplinary team of specialists work together to effectively treat and manage a wide range of digestive diseases. Our gastroenterologists are highly trained and offer the latest advances in care, including minimally invasive procedures and proven surgical techniques. At the Digestive Disease Center, our patients receive:

  • Highly experienced care – Our board-certified gastroenterologists see more than 13,000 patients every year. They offer unmatched insight and experience into helping patients manage their unique digestive disorder.

  • Latest advances in care – Temple gastroenterologists are the leaders in minimally invasive surgery and are often some of the first to offer the newest standards of care for a wide range of digestive disorders.

  • State-of-the-art facilities – We offer advanced technology to diagnose, treat and manage complex digestive disorders.

  • Clinical trials – As part of a leading academic center, Temple physicians regularly participate in the latest research and clinical trials for digestive disorders. Our patients have the access and opportunity to take part in select trials that may be a good fit for their condition.

  • Convenient locations – Patients have access to outstanding care at several locations in Greater Philadelphia.

We are proud to be the proven leader in digestive disorders. You can expect innovative care that diagnoses, treats and manages your condition so you can live a full, healthy and active life.

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