The large intestine or the colon helps in the absorption of water and nutrients from the residual food waste before it gets eliminated. From benign polyps, infections, to cancerous growths, many issues can impact the functioning of the colon.
A colonoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that helps the doctor detect the problems that affect the colon and initiate the appropriate treatment. It is a highly valuable tool for detecting colorectal cancers and precancerous growths. At Huntington Colorectal Surgeons, we strongly believe and advocate for a regular colonoscopy to screen for colorectal cancer.
A colonoscopy may also be recommended:
- To evaluate the root cause of dark/bloody stools or rectal bleeding
- To determine the cause of abdominal pain or chronic diarrhea
- To evaluate iron deficiencies and sudden, unexplained weight loss
- To study the colon if abnormal test results are obtained from other imaging tests including MRI, CT, and other X-rays
- To treat and monitor Inflammatory Bowel Disease