Colonoscopy

Female Colonoscopy
Colonoscopy
By Dr. Tan Wah Siew & Dr. Lee Ser Yee
What is Colonoscopy?

A Colonoscopy is a test that examines the lining of the rectum and colon. It is the most accurate and comprehensive method of screening for and preventing colorectal cancer. Under sedation, the scope is inserted via the anus and advanced into the colon.

Why do you need a Colonoscopy?

You may be advised for a colonoscopy in the following instances:

1
You have symptoms such as blood in the stools, change in bowel habits, abdominal pain or bloating or unexplained loss of weight
2
You have no symptoms but are above 50 years old, when there is a higher risk of colorectal cancer
3
You have no symptoms but have a family history of colorectal cancer or familial adenomatous polyposis coli (FAP)
4
You have a personal history of colorectal polyps or inflammatory bowel disease

What is Colonic Stenting?

Colonic Stenting involves the insertion of a hollow tube (stent) into the colon via a colonoscope to relieve blockage of the colon, usually due to colonic cancer. This serves as an interim measure, before surgery is performed a few weeks later to remove the cancer.

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