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Lower GI Endoscopy - Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy Prep - Dr. Richard Desi - Mercy

Mercy gastroenterologist Dr. Richard Desi discusses easier prep for colonoscopy. Learn more at mdmercy.com.

Putting Off Colonoscopies Could Pose Danger - Dr. Jeffery Nelson - Mercy

Dr. Jeffery Nelson discusses why putting off colonoscopy screenings could be dangerous to your health. Learn more at mdmercy.com.

Colon Cancer Screenings Saves Lives - Dr. Patrick Hyatt - Mercy

Mercy Medical Center's Dr. Patrick Hyatt discusses the importance of colon cancer screenings. Colon cancer over the past decade decreased by 30 percent for people over the age of 50, mainly because more people are getting colonoscopies, according to the American Cancer Society. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that millions still aren't getting the screenings. Learn more at mdmercy.com.

Colonoscopy to Diagnose Colorectal Disease

The doctors of The Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy specialize in diseases of the colon. To help diagnose colon diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, collagenous colitis, and lymphocytic colitis, as well as colon polyps and hemorrhoids, our doctors may perform a colonoscopy. Colonoscopies are performed in our state-of-the-art, dedicated endoscopy suite.

What is a Colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure during which the colon and rectum are examined from the inside. A colonoscopy helps to find ulcers and tumors so they can be removed. In addition, a colorectal cancer screening can be conducted using a colonoscopy.

How does a Colonoscopy work?

A colonoscopy is performed with a thin tube, called a colonoscope, which has a light and camera at its tip. The colonoscope is inserted into the anus and guided through the colon. As the colonoscopy takes place, the camera transmits images of the inside of the colon to a monitor. During the colonoscopy, tissue samples can be collected for a biopsy and abnormal tissue growth, such as colon polyps, can be removed.

When is a Colonoscopy recommended?

The American Cancer Society now recommends most people begin regular colon cancer screenings at age 45. Please check with your insurance company on coverage for initial screening age.

A colonoscopy is one of several tools to assist with colon cancer screening.

Your doctor may recommend screening at an earlier age if:

A colonoscopy, which takes approximately 30–60 minutes, generally is tolerated with minimal discomfort and can be a life-saving diagnostic tool.

How do I schedule a Colonoscopy?

Mercy offers direct access colonoscopies. You can quickly and easily schedule a colonoscopy at Mercy's Downtown campus, in our state-of-the-art endoscopic suite.

Most patients do not need to schedule an office visit prior to a colonoscopy.

You will need to schedule an office visit prior to your colonoscopy if any of the following apply to you:

  • You are oxygen dependent
  • You are under the care of a cardiologist and your condition is not considered stable
  • You are currently on dialysis
  • You currently take blood thinner medications including Plavix, Coumadin or aspirin

A colonoscopy may not be recommended for certain patients. Please call your doctor to determine the best screening options if you have:

  • Severe or acute diverticulitis
  • An active GI disorder or symptoms
  • A condition requiring advanced endoscopic procedures
  • An unstable condition or acute bleeding condition
The Melissa L. Posner Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy provides diagnosis and treatment for a range of gastroenterology issues including heartburn, liver disease, bowel conditions, motility disorders and pancreatic disease.