Biopsies are surgical procedures used to remove tissue or cells from a part of the body for further analysis. Remember, just because your doctor has ordered a colon biopsy does NOT mean you have colon cancer. A biopsy is just a way of checking for cancerous or pre-cancerous cells in the colon. Once our board-certified colon doctors have performed the biopsy and removed the cells, a pathologist can determine if the biopsied tissue has abnormalities.
At the Colonoscopy Center of Excellence, our world-renowned team of physicians use the most advanced biopsy techniques to provide our patients with unparalleled care. Alongside his colleagues, Dr. Eiman Firoozmand, the Chief of the Division of Colorectal Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, offer comprehensive diagnostic tools and treatment plans for pre-cancerous or cancerous cells in the colon. If you are 50 years or older, call us today and schedule your colon cancer screening.
While there are many ways to obtain a biopsy of the colon, the most common method is to perform a colonoscopy. If you would like to learn more about biopsies, please visit WebMD’s Biopsy for Colorectal Cancer page.
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Scheduling a Colon Cancer Screening
A colonoscopy is the most effective form of colon cancer screening and the best method of obtaining a colon biopsy. Typically, the procedure is performed for one of the following reasons:
- Blood in the stool
- Abdominal pain
- Changes in bowel habits
- Unexplained weight loss
The physicians at La Peer Health Systems’ Colonoscopy Center of Excellence also recommend that healthy individuals with normal risk factors for colon cancer have their first colonoscopy at age 50. They should have follow-up colon cancer screenings every 10 years. People of African descent should have screenings beginning at age 45. Those with a family history of colon cancer should have more regular screenings and those with a family history of the disease should begin having screenings 10 years before their family member was diagnosed.
To schedule your colonoscopy screening, call the board-certified surgeons at the Colonoscopy Center of Excellence today at (888) 837-0459.
Colon Biopsy Preparations
A colon biopsy is typically performed as part of a colonoscopy. Many people experience anxiety over an upcoming colonoscopy procedure. However, our expert physicians will do everything in their power to make sure you know what to expect from your colonoscopy, and that you experience minimal discomfort.
Some preparation is required before a patient undergoes a colonoscopy. Typically, your doctor will instruct you to take a combination of liquid laxatives and suppositories before your colonoscopy. You may also be told to use an enema to cleanse the inside of the colon. Our Beverly Hills-based colorectal surgeons will go over all the instructions you need to follow before your colonoscopy procedure.
During your colonoscopy procedure, our board-certified surgeons will examine the large intestine and the small bowel using a colonoscope. This is a four-foot flexible tube about the width of a finger. The colonoscope has a camera and light, which allow the surgeon to perform a visual inspection and locate any ulcers, colon polyps, tumors or areas of inflammation. A colonoscopy is also the method by which a surgeon removes suspicious colon tissue for biopsy.
Patients are sedated during the colonoscopy procedure and experience no pain or discomfort. After the procedure, there may be a feeling of some mild cramping and gas, though this will be short-lived.
Colon Biopsy Results
After your colonoscopy, the biopsied sample will be sent to a pathologist to interpret the results and examine the tissues for any abnormalities. Your surgeon will then review the results of the biopsy and let you know if further treatment is needed.
If you think you may need a colonoscopy, don’t hesitate to call the board-certified surgeons at the Colonoscopy Center of Excellence today!
Biopsy Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How is a colon biopsy performed?
A: Our experienced surgeons will perform your colon biopsy during your colonoscopy. Using a colonoscope, your surgeon will utilize special tools to take a small sample of the tissue to be analyzed. As you will be sedated during this process, you should not experience any discomfort.
Q: How will your doctor use your biopsy results to make a diagnosis?
A: Your biopsied tissue will be sent to a pathologist for interpretation. The pathologist will examine the tissue and look for cancer cells or other abnormalities.
Q: What methods of treatment are available if my doctor finds something?
A: Just because your surgeon has ordered a biopsy does NOT mean you have colon cancer. The biopsy may reveal benign polyps or a number of other non-cancerous results. If the surgeon does detect cancer or pre-cancerous cells, there are a number of treatment options available.
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