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Procedure Info


Understanding your procedures:


Colonoscopy
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. 

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy/EGD/Gastroscopy

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.

 


Testimonials


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

I wanted to say thank you for the excellent care when I was at the clinic for my colonoscopy. Everyone was thoughtful, professional and attentive. It made for an extremely pleasant experience after what is usually an uncomfortable prep! Read More

What a friendly, caring crew during what could have been an uncomfortable and embarrassing time.  Read More

Extending my thanks to the entire staff at Tri-City Colonoscopy Clinic. Patient comfort and care are clearly their main focus. A true group of people who have patient’s best interests at heart. Thank you so much! Read More

I just had my first visit to your clinic and wanted to express how impressed I was with the care that I received. It was prompt, friendly, informative, and everyone knew their roles. Awesome to see great service in this day and age – nicely done! Read More

I would like to quickly express my appreciation for the courtesy and professionalism of everyone in your office yesterday when I attended for my colonoscopy. Very impressive communication, reception, nursing and medical services. Thanks sincerely to all of you! Read More

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