A colonoscopy isn’t anyone’s favorite procedure, but when you need one, you want to make sure you see a specialist. Maninder Guram, MD, specializes in gastroenterology, making him particularly qualified to perform and translate colonoscopies. Trust your care to the extensive expertise offered at Texas Gastroenterology Associates in Tomball, Texas. If you need to schedule a colonoscopy, reach out to Dr. Guram online or by phone to schedule the procedure.
A colonoscopy is an imaging test that allows Dr. Guram to see inside your entire large intestine, from the rectum to the colon, using a colonoscope.
Dr. Guram can bend and twist the colonoscope to follow the contours of your body. It has a long, flexible, lighted tube that transmits an image onto a computer screen.
A colonoscopy helps identify inflamed tissue, abnormal growths, ulcers, and muscle spasms and screen for colon cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend colorectal screenings every 10 years for anyone age 50-75. However, Dr. Guram may suggest a colonoscopy for patients with suspicious gastrointestinal symptoms that haven’t been identified.
Dr. Guram provides preparation instructions beforehand.
You may have to follow a liquid diet for a few days leading up to the exam. To further empty your colon, you may have to use laxatives or an enema. Plan to spend the evening before your colonoscopy close to the bathroom with diaper cream and gentle wipes to prevent discomfort.
You should also arrange for a ride home after the procedure and clear your schedule for the day of the exam. Although a colonoscopy can be an inconvenience, remind yourself that it’s only temporary and its potential to identify disease is more important than the temporary discomfort.
During the procedure, you lie on your left side on the exam table. Dr. Guram provides a pain reliever and mild sedative to prepare you for the exam. Once the medication kicks in, Dr. Guram inserts the colonoscope into your rectum and slowly feeds it into your colon.
From there, Dr. Guram performs his examination, looking for abnormalities along the entire length of the colon. During the exam, the colonoscope shoots air into your colon to inflate it and help him see better. He may also change your position to make adjustments with the colonoscope.
If Dr. Guram notices any polyps or suspicious tissue, he may extract a sample for biopsy. The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour.
If you need to schedule your colonoscopy, get in touch with Dr. Guram by phone or online.