Colonoscopy is a common procedure that evaluates the lining of your large intestine also known as your colon.
During the procedure, your doctor will use a thin flexible tube with a light and camera on the end called a colonoscope. Colonoscopy can be use both for colon cancer screening and for diagnostic purposes if you are having symptoms including change in bowel habits or rectal bleeding. Colonoscopy is a key tool used to screen and prevent the development of colon cancer. Colon cancer the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women in the United States and it is expected that approximately 150,000 individuals will be diagnosed with colon cancer in the U.S. each year.
Screening colonoscopy is recommended for all individuals ages 50 – 75. However, some people with family history of colon cancer or other conditions may be asked to beginning screening sooner. During colonoscopy, your doctor will screen for abnormal growths such as polyps or cancer. Polyps are often benign (non-cancerous) but some can develop into cancer over time. If seen during your colonoscopy, polyps will be biopsied or removed.
To ensure you are pain-free and comfortable during all procedures we use propofol, a safe and proven anesthesia. We understand that no one looks forward to a colonoscopy, but you may rest assured that your dignity will be preserved. We are sensitive to the intimate nature colonoscopy and maintain strict privacy during your procedure.
How can you reach us?
Procedures are performed at our state-of-the-art endoscopy center, Princeton Endoscopy Center at 731 Alexander Road and also at the Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center.