Colonoscopy in Northwest Arkansas

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A colonoscopy is an endoscopic exam carried out using a lengthy, slender, pliable tube (or "scope") that is inserted through the anus and into the large intestine (colon). The pipe has a flashlight and a camera on the end of it, enabling the doctor to examine the lining of the colon. A colonoscopy could be done to identify the cause of intestinal symptoms, such as loose stool, bloody stool, stomach pain, or unusual x-ray findings.

A colonoscopy may additionally be conducted to check the intestine for polyps and signs of colon cancer in people 45 years or older or in younger individuals who have a higher risk of cancer. As chief masters in digestive wellness, the board-certified gastroenterologists at GI Alliance of Arkansas routinely perform colonoscopy exams. Please call us for more information on colonoscopies in Arkansas.

What are the benefits of a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is the most reliable protection against colon cancer, making it vital that you schedule these screenings as suggested by your GI doctor. Preventive colonoscopies provide a number of advantages for your GI health and general wellness. Some of the benefits of this colon cancer screening include:

  • Detects beginning signs of colorectal cancer
  • Identifies and removes suspicious growths
  • Provides the most effective screening option for colorectal cancer
  • Detects IBD, diverticulosis, and other gastrointestinal concerns
  • Can be life-saving

Thanks to the latest technology, colonoscopies are performed more comfortably, quickly, and accurately than in the past.

Your specialist at GI Alliance of Arkansas will provide you with orders to follow regarding the necessary bowel preparations for your test. The majority of patients consume only clear fluids the entire 24 hours before the exam. There are several different choices for laxatives to completely clear out the colon. It is very important to observe the directions given to you by your specialist. There could also be additional instructions respecting your medications. In most instances, your medications will be continued as normal. In certain circumstances, particularly in clients on blood thinners (i.e., Plavix®, Coumadin®, warfarin, aspirin, anti-inflammatories) and in diabetics, unique orders could be specified. Patients will be directed not to consume anything by mouth following midnight excluding prescriptions.

You will be asked to come to the endoscopy location 1 – 1.5 hours prior to your procedure. This is to allow time to fill out documentation and prepare for the procedure. You will be directed to change into a hospital gown. An intravenous (IV) catheter will be inserted into your vein so that sedation can be administered. You will be connected to gear that will enable the specialist and staff to control your heartbeat, arterial tension, electrocardiogram, respiratory rate, and oxygen concentration during and after the colonoscopy.

Once in the private exam space, you will be directed to position yourself on your left side on the bed. The IV sedation will be given. Tiny amounts are given to help ensure your protection and give merely the level you must have individually. When an adequate level of relaxation is accomplished, the physician will do a rectal exam. The colonoscope will then be gently inserted into the rectum. The scope will be delicately moved throughout the colon to where the small intestine and colon come together. A small quantity of air is placed into the intestine using the scope and inside the colon to help the physician get a better visual of the colon's lining. Any water left in the intestine following the preparation can be washed and absorbed through the scope.

Contingent on the findings of the test, various things can be performed at the time of the procedure, like biopsies, the elimination of polyps, and the repression of bleeding. At the end of the colonoscopy, as much of the air and remaining fluid as feasible is suctioned out of the colon through the scope. Based on the findings, the exam takes about 15 – 30 minutes.

Once the exam is complete, you will be ushered to the recuperation room to be monitored while the sedation starts to leave your system. The amount of medication used during the procedure and your individual reaction to the sedation will establish how rapidly you will regain consciousness, though the majority of persons are awake enough for release within 45 – 60 minutes.

You will not be permitted to operate a vehicle for the remainder of the day after your colonoscopy with our Arkansas team. Therefore, you will want to arrange for a ride back to your house. You will also be instructed not to return to working, sign legal papers, or do strenuous actions for the remainder of the afternoon. Many patients are able to eat and drink normally after their release from the endoscopy unit; however, personalized instructions about movement, eating, and medicines will be offered prior to release.

Once your exam is done, the physician and/or nurse will review the results with you. Most people will not recollect what they are informed following the procedure due to the effects of the sedation. It is recommended, if possible, to take someone with you to whom the findings can also be discussed. You will also return home with a typed report. You will be told of any biopsy results commonly within seven days.

Are there alternatives to a colonoscopy?

To some degree, your other options will depend on why the colonoscopy is needed in the first place. In many instances, a colonoscopy is the ideal way to appraise and treat deformities in the colon. Be that as it may, there are different x-rays that can diagnose the colon, including a barium enema or virtual CT scan. These are, however, only diagnostic tests. Addressing abnormalities will necessitate a colonoscopy or surgery.

By and large, a colonoscopy is an extremely safe and dependable exam. All in all, difficulties manifest in less than 1% of individuals. Most of these difficulties are not extremely serious. However, if a problem occurs, it might involve hospitalization and an operation. Before the exam, our support team will go over a consent form with you and address any questions or concerns you might have before starting.

Adverse reactions may happen as a result of the medication used for your IV sedation. These can include, but are not limited to, allergic responses, trouble breathing, issues related to the heart and blood pressure, and irritation of the vein utilized to administer the sedation.

Bleeding can arise with biopsies and the removal of tumors. Once more, significant bleeding, which might require a blood transfusion or hospitalization, is extremely uncommon. Bleeding can happen at the time of the test or up to two weeks after the procedure if a tumor is removed.

Perforation or puncture of the colon can occur. This could be recognized at the time of the procedure, or it may not be apparent before later in the afternoon. In the majority of instances, a puncture will necessitate surgery and a hospital stay. This is an uncommon difficulty, even when tumors are extracted.

It is quite vital that you call your doctor's office immediately if symptoms occur following the test, such as increasing abdominal discomfort, bleeding, or fever.

Just as with any other test, a colonoscopy is not infallible. There is a small, accepted danger that irregularities, including growths and cancers, can be undetected during the exam. It is crucial to proceed to maintain appointments with your doctor at GI Alliance of Arkansas as advised and notify them of any original or persistent symptoms.

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When should you get a colonoscopy?

We recommend that individuals who have an average risk of developing colon cancer begin scheduling colonoscopy exams at age 45. However, if your personal risks for getting colon cancer are more than average or you are showing distressing indications of colon cancer, our team of gastroenterologists may recommend having a colonoscopy prior to that age.

After 45, when is it recommended you schedule a colonoscopy?

Gastroenterologists recommend getting a colonoscopy screening every decade for individuals who are at average risk, who are in good health, and when they have colonoscopy results that are normal. After your colonoscopy, your gastroenterologist will inform you how often you should undergo colon cancer exams moving forward.

Will my colonoscopy be an uncomfortable procedure?

Sedation is given prior to a colonoscopy exam to maximize your comfort level while undergoing the screening. Based on the medication, most individuals experience an intensely relaxed state or even become drowsy, and many have no memory of the procedure. You can talk with your GI specialist about what you should anticipate during your colonoscopy consultation.

What is recovery like following a colorectal exam?

Generally, it takes about a full day to recuperate from a colonoscopy, and many patients can resume their normal routine the following day. If polyps are removed, however, recovery will likely last longer. It is common to have some gastrointestinal symptoms following your colonoscopy exam, such as bloating and cramping. Our GI Alliance of Arkansas team can provide more information on what to expect after your screening.

The colonoscopy is widely regarded as the "gold standard" of testing methods for colorectal cancer. Unlike many screening approaches, a colonoscopy enables the investigation of the full colon. Aside from offering the most thorough inspection, it also enables the discovery of polyps and their withdrawal in just one exam. Many other testing systems do not allow for the possibility of extracting tumors, and if the procedure returns positive for polyps, you will likely require a colonoscopy. You can schedule a colonoscopy in Arkansas by contacting our team. A routine colonoscopy just might secure your well-being. If you would like to understand more concerning how to schedule or prepare for a colonoscopy, call GI Alliance of Arkansas as soon as possible.

This group is absolutely "Top Notch". While I don't know of anyone that enjoys ANY part of a colonoscopy, they are something we do for our health/life sustainability. GI Alliance of AR made the entire procedure totally painless and tolerable. Dr Paschall was great, the entire staff put me at ease. I would highly recommend Dr Paschall and GI Alliance of Arkansas!

M.C. Google

I would recommend Dr O’Keefe for any one fixing to have a colonoscopy. He came and gave a detailed explanation of his procedure and sent home pictures along with written explanation after my procedure. Very professional and informative.

M.C. Google

I’m so glad that Dr. Vinson was available to take good care of me for the 4th time in 20 years. Fortunately, this colonoscopy is my last one and I knew that I would feel comfortable since Dr.Vinson didn’t cancel me. 😂

A.S. Google

I was referred to Dr Ellison by my GP. This was the 2nd time I was having a colonoscopy. His Staff were wonderful. I would refer my family or friends to Dr Ellison's office.

J.G. Google

Dr. Paschall is extremely competent gastroenterologist. He performed my endoscopy and colonoscopy. Crew at the place was extremely pleasant and genuinely cared about patients well being. Dr. Paschall himself came before and after the procedure and explained everything thoroughly. Nurse even called me day after to check in me. Great doctor with great crew.

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