Endoscopy

Dr. Schultzel offers both upper and lower endoscopy. He has a specialty focus in colonscopy and proctoscopy in a relaxed same day surgery environment to easy the experience.

A colonoscopy is an exam used to detect changes or abnormalities in the large intestine (colon) and rectum.

During a colonoscopy, a long, flexible tube (colonoscope) is inserted into the rectum. A tiny video camera at the tip of the tube allows the doctor to view the inside of the entire colon.

If necessary, polyps or other types of abnormal tissue can be removed through the scope during a colonoscopy. Tissue samples (biopsies) can be taken during a colonoscopy as well.

Why and When?

Your doctor may recommend a colonoscopy to:

Investigate intestinal signs and symptoms. A colonoscopy can help your doctor explore possible causes of abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, chronic constipation, chronic diarrhea and other intestinal problems.

Screen for colon cancer. If you're age 50 or older and at average risk of colon cancer — you have no colon cancer risk factors other than age — your doctor may recommend a colonoscopy every 10 years or sometimes sooner to screen for colon cancer. Colonoscopy is one option for colon cancer screening. Talk with your doctor about your options.

Look for more polyps. If you have had polyps before, your doctor may recommend a follow-up colonoscopy to look for and remove any additional polyps. This is done to reduce your risk of colon cancer.

Risks

A colonoscopy poses few risks. Rarely, complications of a colonoscopy may include:

  • Adverse reaction to the sedative used during the exam
  • Bleeding from the site where a tissue sample (biopsy) was taken or a polyp or other abnormal tissue was removed
  • A tear in the colon or rectum wall (perforation) After discussing the risks of colonoscopy with you, your doctor will ask you to sign a consent form authorizing the procedure.

Colonoscopy services provided

  • Screening colonoscopy for colon cancer and rectal cancer
  • Surveillance colonoscopy for colon cancer and rectal cancer
  • Balloon dilation of stricture
  • Polyp removal
  • LIFT technique polyp removal
  • Evaluation of diverticulosis
  • Evaluation of hemorrhoids

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