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At Costamed Medical Group, we understand the importance of your digestive health. Colonoscopy is a crucial tool for detecting and preventing issues in the colon. In this guide, we will provide you with comprehensive and accurate information about colonoscopy, from its description to why it is essential for your well-being. Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions about your health


Brief Description

Colonoscopy is a medical procedure that allows for the direct evaluation of the colon or large intestine. It involves the insertion of a thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope through the rectum to visualize the inner lining of the colon. This thorough examination allows for the early detection of polyps, inflammation, tumors, or other gastrointestinal problems. Below, we will explain in detail what this procedure entails, why it is performed, and its benefits.


What It Involves?

During a colonoscopy, you will lie on your side as the doctor gently inserts the colonoscope (through the rectum). The tube is equipped with a small camera at the end, which transmits real-time images to a monitor. This allows the doctor to examine the lining of the colon for abnormalities. If polyps or other concerning areas are found, samples can be taken or removals can be performed during the procedure for further analysis.


Why the Procedure Is Performed?

Colonoscopy is performed for various reasons:

  • Early Detection of Colon Cancer. It allows for the identification of precancerous polyps or cancer in its early stages, when treatment can be curative. That's why it is recommended to be performed starting at the age of 45 or earlier in case of close family history or alarming symptoms.


  • Evaluation of Gastrointestinal Symptoms. It helps diagnose and treat issues such as rectal bleeding, chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain, or changes in bowel habits.


  • Monitoring Chronic Diseases. For patients with inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, colonoscopy is essential to assess progress and treatment response.


  • Follow-up of Previously Detected Polyps. If polyps have been found in previous colonoscopies, this procedure allows for their monitoring and, if necessary, removal.


Benefits of Colonoscopy

The benefits of colonoscopy are significant:

  • Early Detection.  Allows for the early detection of colon cancer and other diseases, increasing the chances of cure.


  • Prevention. The removal of polyps during colonoscopy can prevent the development of cancer.


  • Precise Diagnosis. Helps doctors diagnose and treat gastrointestinal problems accurately and promptly.


  • Continuous Assessment. Is essential for the follow-up of chronic diseases and ensures that treatment is effective.


At Costamed Medical Group, we are committed to your health. We invite you to schedule a colonoscopy with our specialists to ensure you maintain a healthy colon and prevent serious problems. Request more information via WhatsApp with our advisors, fill out the following form and click to start the chat.