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Procedure Info

Understanding your procedures:

A colonoscopy is an examination of the entire colon, or large intestine. The procedure is performed using a colonoscope, a specialized flexible video transmitting tube which is inserted into the rectum and can be moved through the length of the entire colon. The colonoscope is about 1.5 meters in length and about the width of a large finger. High definition images from the examination are transmitted to a video monitor and carefully inspected by the doctor. Any abnormalities detected can be captured photographically, and the doctor may decide to take samples (biopsies) and send them for microscopic examination by a pathologist (a doctor specializing in examining tissue for abnormalities).
To have the procedure, you will need to prepare by cleaning out the bowel. Detailed instructions for the preparation process will be provided to you at the booking of your procedure, and they can also be viewed online here. In general, a colonoscopy is a very safe procedure, but, as with any invasive medical procedure, there are some inherent risks. The most serious risk associated with the procedure is a complication known as a perforation, or a hole in the bowel, which may require surgical intervention to repair. The rate of this complication is between 1:2000 and 1:3000.

Colonic Polyps
Polyps are small growths that can form on the inner surface of the colon; they may be flat or raised, dome shaped structures. If not removed, certain types of polyps may continue to grow and eventually develop into colon cancer. If a polyp is discovered during your procedure, the doctor may remove it with a biopsy forceps or a snare, a thin wire that cuts off the polyp. The polyp is collected and sent to the pathologist for examination. You will need to follow up with your doctor to discuss the results of the polyp examination. 


An EGD is a visual examination of the upper gastrointestinal tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (the upper part of the small intestine). Equipment used during this procedure is similar to that which is used for a colonoscopy, but the scope is shorter and thinner. This procedure may be necessary due to your symptoms suggesting abnormalities of the upper gastrointestinal tract. Depending on your symptoms, and the doctor’s findings during the examination, biopsies, or tissue samples, may be taken from your esophagus, stomach, and/or duodenum. These tissue samples will be sent for examination by a pathologist, and you will need to follow up with your doctor to discuss the results. An EGD is generally a very safe procedure, with a very small chance of bleeding due to the biopsies taken.



I just wanted to thank the team for a very efficient colonoscopy process this morning. From the positive greeting when I arrived, to Becky who interviewed me, to Patricia who was the nurse in the recovery room, to the team in the OR (Dr. Flamand, Robin, and Dr. Easo), the process was professional, caring and highly efficient. Your team is very good about putting people at ease. I (almost!) look forward to seeing the clinic again in 5... Read More

I came in nervous and was put to ease and made to feel comfortable by all the staff. A caring environment that was appreciated.  Read More

Thank you very much for for the excellent care I received during my recent appointment for a colonoscopy/endoscopy. Following the procedure I was able to walk out unassisted and didn't feel nauseated.... I really appreciate your care, concern, expertise, and attention to detail! Thank you! Read More

Thank you for making my first experience with colonoscopy as comfortable as possible! Your whole team is warm, caring and professional and they very effectively alleviated my anxiety and embarrassment. I highly recommend your clinic because of the clean and welcoming atmosphere and the wonderful care that I received. Read More

I was very impressed with the ambiance of the clinic – certainly not cold and foreboding like I thought, but warm and receptive, just like your staff members. Everyone was pleasant and obviously considerate of what I was about to endure.
Your clinic is a very important addition to our outreach health care system. Keep up the great work you do!
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Having a colonoscopy done by your clinic was very well organized and efficient. I am recommending to my friends and family that coming to your clinic is a positive experience all around. Read More

Just a short note of thanks for making an unpleasant and scary medical procedure comforting and seemingly pleasant under the circumstances. Read More

I just wanted to thank Dr. Flamand and all the staff who assisted in my recent colonoscopy. They made my visit so pleasant and comforting. Read More

Thank you so much for your professionalism and care that you gave me at my appointment last week! Read More

This brief note is to thank you and your staff for the very thorough and professional treatment offered to me during the entire colonoscopy process. You and your team do good work! Read More

I found that your clinic was very well managed. The whole procedure was efficient and uncomplicated. Thank you so much for the professional and gentle treatment. Read More

Top notch professional staff. I was walked thru everything right up to the point of falling asleep. I woke up wondering if I had even had the scope done, I didn't remember a thing after being sent off for a nap. I can't forget to mention the nice nurse that was in the room and the receptionist. I not once encountered anyone less then nice and I am so glad. Really eases my fears for any future procedures. I appreciated that the doctor came in... Read More

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