Colonoscopy Specialist

Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg

Gastroenterology located in Fredericksburg, VA & Stafford, VA

Colonoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure allowing your gastroenterologist to evaluate the lining of your large intestine. At Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg in Fredericksburg and Stafford, Virginia, the team of board-certified physicians uses the most advanced scopes and technology for their colonoscopies. They perform these procedures at the Fredericksburg Endoscopy Center, which opened in December 2020. To find out more about colonoscopy testing, call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today.

Colonoscopy Q&A

What is a colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy is a test for the large intestine, the last section of your gastrointestinal tract. During a colonoscopy, your gastroenterologist inserts a colonoscope into your anus and slowly advances it through the entire length of your large intestine.

The colonoscope is a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera that allows your physician to carefully examine the lining of your large intestine to look for abnormalities. 

Why would I need a colonoscopy?

There are many reasons you might need a colonoscopy. Your Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg provider may recommend the test to find the underlying cause of your abdominal pain or gastrointestinal bleeding. 

The colonoscopy can help your gastroenterologist diagnose conditions such as:

  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Diverticulosis
  • Polyps
  • Colon cancer

The colonoscopy is the gold-standard test for colon cancer screening. 

Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg has an Open Access Colonoscopy program that allows people without any gastrointestinal conditions to have their colon cancer screenings without the need for additional office visits.

What are the preparations for a colonoscopy?

Your provider at Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg reviews in detail the steps you need to take to prepare for your colonoscopy. 

For bowel prep, you need to change your diet and take a laxative to clean out all the stool and debris from your large intestine. Cleaning out your bowel ensures your gastroenterologist gets a clear view of your large intestine.

What can I expect during a colonoscopy?

You can expect a comfortable and professional colonoscopy at Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg.

The team uses the most advanced scopes and technology to get the most accurate results. They perform colonoscopies at the Fredericksburg Endoscopy Center. 

During the procedure, you lie on your side on the exam table. First, your provider gives you a mild sedative to help you relax. Then, they insert the colonoscope and assess your colon.

They remove polyps and take a biopsy of any abnormal tissue. 

After your test, they send you to the recovery area and discuss the findings. You must arrange to have someone drive you home after your colonoscopy and take it easy the rest of the day.

To find out more about the colonoscopy at Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg, call the office nearest you or schedule a consultation online today.