Cape Cod Surgical Associates

General Surgery & Vascular Surgery located in Hyannis, MA

Colorectal cancer, the third most common type of cancer (excluding skin cancers), affects about one in 23 men and one in 25 women. Because early detection and intervention are important for a full recovery, Stephen Brooks, MD, FACS, RPVI, provides comprehensive colonoscopy screenings at Cape Cod Surgical Associates in Hyannis, Massachusetts. You can schedule your colonoscopy evaluation through the website, or you can call to book your appointment.

Colonoscopy Q & A

Why do I need a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a safe, routine screening that uses a thin scope — colonoscope — to evaluate your rectum and colon. Your doctor might recommend a colonoscopy if you have:

  • Anal bleeding
  • Unplanned weight loss
  • Chronic abdominal pain
  • Unusual bowel changes, including chronic diarrhea

Typically you need to start having regular colonoscopies beginning at age 50 if you’re otherwise healthy. However, your doctor could recommend having a colonoscopy sooner if you have risk factors, including a personal or family history of colorectal cancer.

What happens during a colonoscopy?

Cape Cod Surgical Associates uses the latest tools and technology to perform colonoscopy procedures. To ensure you’re comfortable during your colonoscopy — no anesthesia is necessary — your surgeon can administer a mild sedative or intravenous pain medication.

During your colonoscopy, you need to lie on a table on your side. Typically it’s necessary to rest with your knees up toward your chest.

Your surgeon then places the thin colonoscope into your rectum. As your surgeon moves the colonoscope further into your rectum and into your colon, they view real-time images of the inner lining of your lower intestinal tract. If abnormal tissues are present, your surgeon can use the colonoscope to gather a biopsy. 

Although a colonoscopy shouldn’t cause pain, it can lead to some minor cramping and a sensation that you need to have a bowel movement. These minor side effects occur as your surgeon introduces air to gently expand your colon for enhanced viewing. 

How do I prepare for a colonoscopy?

To prepare for your upcoming colonoscopy at Cape Cod Surgical Associates, your surgeon counsels you about specific dietary restrictions. Beginning one or two days before your procedure, you need to transition to consuming only clear liquids, including broth, black tea or coffee, or frozen pops. Take medications as recommended. 

This type of preparation, known as a bowel prep, rids your colon of waste and debris that may hinder your surgeon’s view during a colonoscopy. It’s important to avoid anything that’s red in color or that contains red food coloring. During your colonoscopy, red residue may be mistaken for blood.

If you need a colonoscopy, look no further than Cape Cod Surgical Associates. Click on the online scheduler, or call to book your colonoscopy by phone today.