Colonoscopy in Utah

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A colonoscopy is a routine endoscopic exam involving a long, slim, pliable pipe (or scope) that is inserted through the rectum to investigate issues in the colon (large intestine). The pipe has a lantern and a camera on the tip of it, which allows the doctor to study the interior of the colon. A colonoscopy may be done to discover the cause of intestinal symptoms, such as loose stool, bowl in the stool, stomach pain, or unusual x-ray findings.

A colonoscopy might also be performed on a patient with no symptoms at age 45 or younger (contingent on the client's history) to test for colorectal cancer and polyps. As leading masters in intestinal health, the board-certified gastroenterologists at Utah Gastroenterology frequently do colonoscopy tests. Please talk to us for more information on colonoscopies in Utah.

What are the benefits of a colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy exams are the best protection against developing colon cancer, making it very important to undergo a colonoscopy as advised by your GI specialist. Routine colonoscopies provide several benefits for your GI health and overall wellness. Some of the benefits of colonoscopy exams include:

  • Detects beginning signs of colorectal cancer
  • Acts as the predominant testing option for colon and rectal cancer
  • Identifies and removes abnormal polyps
  • Diagnoses diverticulosis, IBD, and other GI conditions
  • Could be an exam that saves your life

Thanks to advancing technology, colonoscopy exams are performed more conveniently, comfortably, and precisely than in previous years.

You will be provided with instructions from your Utah Gastroenterology provider regarding how to prepare your bowels for your procedure. Most patients are on a diet of only clear liquids for an entire 24 hours prior to the test. There are various distinct alternatives for laxatives to entirely empty out the colon. It is really vital to obey the instructions given to you by your physician. There will also be extra orders about your prescriptions. In the majority of cases, your drugs will be continued as routine. However, in particular instances, particularly in clients on blood thinners (i.e., Plavix®, Coumadin®, warfarin, aspirin, anti-inflammatories) and in diabetics, unique orders may be provided. Persons will be instructed not to consume anything after midnight except for prescriptions.

You will be directed to appear at the endoscopy center 1 – 1.5 hours before your procedure. This is to allow time to fill out paperwork and prepare for the colonoscopy. You will be asked to wear a medical gown. An intravenous (IV) catheter will be started in your vein so that medication can be given. You will be hooked up to equipment that will enable the physician and support team to watch your heart rate, arterial pressure, electrocardiogram, breath, and oxygen level during and following the colonoscopy.

When you reach the procedure room, you will be directed to lie on your left side on the bed. The IV medication will be administered. Minuscule quantities are started to help ensure your safety and deliver merely the amount you require personally. Once an acceptable amount of calm is achieved, the specialist will perform a rectal exam. The colonoscope will then be delicately inserted into the rectum. The scope will be cautiously advanced across the colon to where the small bowel and colon join. A little quantity of air is fed into the colon by way of the scope to help the doctor to view the lining of the colon. Any liquid remaining in the bowel after the preparation can be cleaned and suctioned out through the scope.

Depending on the results of the colonoscopy, a few things may be done at the time of the procedure — for instance, biopsies, the removal of polyps, and the management of bleeding. At the end of the colonoscopy, as much of the air and remaining water as possible is suctioned out of the colon by way of the scope. Based on the findings, the test takes about 15 – 30 minutes.

Once the colonoscopy is finished, you will be taken to the aftercare room to be monitored while the sedation begins to dissipate. The quantity of medication applied during the exam and your individual reaction to the sedation will dictate how swiftly you will awaken, though the majority of patients are conscious enough for discharge within 45 – 60 minutes.

You should not attempt to drive for the remainder of the afternoon after your colonoscopy with our Utah staff. as a result, you will need to obtain a ride back to your house. You will also be ordered not to work, sign legal documents, or undergo strenuous activities for the remainder of the afternoon. Many patients are able to eat and drink as usual following their release from the endoscopy unit, although personalized instructions with regard to movement, eating, and medications will be given prior to dismissal.

Once the exam is finished, the nurse or physician will speak with you to review the findings of the procedure. The majority of patients will not remember what they are informed after the procedure due to the consequences of the medication. It is recommended, if possible, to bring someone with you to whom the outcome can also be discussed. You will also go home with a typed account. You could be notified of any biopsy conclusions generally during one week.


While there are other tests that may be used in place of a colonoscopy, your options will depend on why the procedure was requested to begin with. In most situations, a colonoscopy is the superior means to evaluate and handle irregularities in the colon. There are also various x-rays that can diagnose the colon, like a barium enema or virtual CT scan. Please note that these are merely diagnostic exams. Handling irregularities will require a colonoscopy or an operation.

Generally speaking, a colonoscopy has little chance of causing harm, with issues arising in fewer than 1% of patients. Most problems are not too serious. If a complication occurs, it might involve hospitalization and surgery. Before the procedure, a permission document will be gone over with the patient by the nursing personnel. If any inquiries or problems appear, these can be reviewed with your doctor before commencing the test.

Medicine responses connected with the IV medication can arise. These can involve, but are not confined to, allergic reactions, trouble breathing, effects on the circulatory system and blood pressure, and irritation of the vein utilized to give the IV drug.

Bleeding can arise with biopsies and the extraction of polyps. Again, considerable bleeding, which may necessitate a blood donation or hospitalization, is usually uncommon. Be that as it may, bleeding can happen during the test or up to two weeks after the test if a growth is extracted.

Penetration or puncture of the colon can happen. This might be identified at the time of the test, or it could not be obvious before later in the evening. In many cases, a penetration will require an operation and hospitalization. This is an unusual complication, even when polyps are withdrawn.

It is critical that you contact your doctor’s facility immediately if symptoms emerge after the test, such as heightening intestinal pain, bleeding, or elevated temperature.

Just as with most other tests, a colonoscopy is not perfect. There is a tiny, accepted danger that irregularities, like growths and cancers, can be unidentified during the test. It is crucial to proceed to follow up with your doctor at Utah Gastroenterology as advised and tell them of any recent or constant symptoms.

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By what age is it suggested to have your first colonoscopy exam?

We recommend individuals at regular risk of getting colon cancer begin scheduling their colon cancer screening when they turn 45. However, if your chances of colon cancer are higher or if you are showing indicators of colon cancer, your GI specialist might suggest getting a colonoscopy even before that age.

How many years apart is it suggested you have colonoscopies?

Gastroenterologists advise getting a colonoscopy screening every decade for those of general risk, who are of good health, and who have normal colonoscopy results. Following your exam, your GI doctor will inform you how many years apart you should request colonoscopy screenings from here on out.

Is a colonoscopy a painful process?

Sedation is given to you ahead of your colonoscopy exam to ensure you remain comfortable during your exam. Depending on the type of sedation given, many patients experience an extremely relaxed state or become tired, and many experience little-to-no memory of what happened. Don’t hesitate to talk with your colonoscopy doctor about what to anticipate at your consultation.

What is recovery for a colonoscopy exam?

On average, patients need around 24 hours to recuperate following a colonoscopy screening, and a number of patients are well enough to resume their regular activities the subsequent day. If polyps are identified and removed, recovery may take about a week. It is not uncommon for you to have some gastric symptoms after your colonoscopy exam, like bloating and cramping. Our Salt Lake City, UT area gastroenterologists will go over further details on what you can expect during your recovery.

Among the various screening approaches for colon cancer, the colonoscopy is held up by many as the "gold standard." Unlike other testing approaches, a colonoscopy provides for the study of the entire colon. As well as providing the most comprehensive examination, it also allows for the detection of tumors and their extraction during one test. Many other screening methods lack the ability to remove the growths they find, and if the procedure returns positive for tumors, you will likely need a colonoscopy. You can book a colonoscopy in Utah by contacting our office. A standard colonoscopy just may safeguard your life. If you would like to know more concerning how to obtain a colonoscopy, talk to Utah Gastroenterology without delay.

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“Incredible gastroenterologist” isn’t good enough words. On the one hand I hope he’s not accepting new patients so it’s easier for me to see him on my timing and needs. On the other hand gut issues are horrible and you want someone like him… Bedside manner 10/10. Thorough visits 10/10. Recall 10/10. Colonoscopy 10/10. Humane 10/10 you get the point

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Dr. Pedersen is an very capable physician I’m very please with his skill and abilities to perform in my exam on the colonoscopy. He has many years of experience in this field, I’m highly recommended him to anyone.

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I would highly recommend Dr. James W. Bown and his staff to perform your Colonoscopy. During my procedure, Dr. Bown was extremely patient, thorough and caring. He is excellent. I am so glad he attended to my medical needs. His staff was very helpful and supportive. Dr. Bown and his entire team made the procedure and the preparation tasks less stressful. Thank you for assisting me with my medical needs. I really appreciate your help. Dr. Ed Hubbard

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(Translated by Google) Excellent attention. My husband recovered very quickly after the Colonoscopy. Very good health team with Dr Maxwell. Grateful for the attention. 100% recommended (Original) Excelente atención. Mi esposo se recuperó muy rápido después de la Colonoscopia. Muy buen equipo de salud junto al Dr Maxwell. Agradecidos por las atenciones. 100% recomendados

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