Get Your Colonoscopy
Getting a colonoscopy might seem scary. We understand why you may be a little nervous. But that doesn't mean you should put them off — these screenings can potentially save your life. That’s why we have answers to some of the most common questions to ease your concerns about getting one.
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If you prefer to make an appointment over the phone, call our Endoscopy Center at 515.875.9145.
What is a colonoscopy?
Colonoscopy is the gold standard for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of common colon conditions — but especially colorectal cancer. The procedure takes less than an hour to look for signs of GI issues and remove potentially problematic polyps that could cause cancer down the road.
Who needs to get a colonoscopy?
Screening colonoscopy exams are recommended for men and women starting at age 45.
What should I expect?
A colonoscopy is similar to other colon cancer screenings. There may be some gas-like discomfort from the endoscopy, which is used to inflate your colon with air during the screening. Before the procedure, you need to prepare your bowels to help your doctor clearly identify any polyps or areas of concern.
Calm your nerves about getting a colonoscopy.
The idea of getting a colonoscopy causes some discomfort. That’s okay. But a little discomfort is a small price to pay for years of good health and cancer prevention.
Our gastroenterologists answer questions about colon cancer screenings and explain why you need them.
Whether it’s your first colonoscopy or it’s been a decade since your last, it’s normal to have questions.
Learn everything you need to know about the procedure and how to prepare for it.