If your doctor has requested a colon biopsy, first and foremost, it’s important to note that a biopsy does not mean that you have colon cancer. A biopsy is simply a method of gathering tissues, fluid, or cells to test for pre-cancerous or cancerous cells. At the Colonoscopy Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, our world-renowned physicians understand that undergoing even a simple procedure such as a biopsy can be stressful, but we are dedicated to ensuring not only high-quality medical care, but also compassionate, trusted services.
To learn more about what is involved in a colon biopsy procedure, please continue reading and schedule a consultation with our board-certified team.
The Most Common Method for Biopsy of the Colon
In most cases, a colon biopsy will be performed via a colonoscopy. It is possible to schedule a colonoscopy as a preemptive measure to screen for colon cancer, but your doctor may schedule one if you are experiencing the following symptoms:
- Sudden, unexplained weight loss
- Blood in the stool
- Unexpected changes in bowels
- Abdominal pain
Prior to the colonoscopy, our compassionate, expert physicians will take the time to explain the procedure and what to expect. We want our patients to be as comfortable as possible and to ask as many questions as they want to reduce any anxiety or discomfort. Patients must prepare for the procedure by taking liquid laxatives the night before to clean the bowel.
During the procedure, patients are sedated in order to avoid any pain or discomfort. Our board-certified surgeons will then examine the large intestine and small bowel using a small tube with a camera and a light that is no wider than a finger. The surgeon can visually examine the colon for abnormalities, such as tumors, polyps, ulcers, or inflammation. Small samples of potential issues will be taken and sent to a pathologist to analyze.
In all, the total procedure might seem more intimidating than it actually is. Once complete, patients may experience some gas or mild cramping, but nothing serious.
Board-Certified Colonoscopy Specialists
A colonoscopy may seem like an unpleasant experience, but at the Colonoscopy Center of Excellence, we strive to make this essential, potentially life-saving procedure as comfortable as possible. If cancerous or pre-cancerous tissue is found, it is possible to begin treatment as soon as possible, which only increases your chances of a positive outcome. Should a precancerous polyp be found, no treatment will be required.
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