At Dr. Leggett & Dr. Lee, we know that providing quality care and delivering the highest quality of service is very important. Along with providing as-needed care, we also specialize in screening and prevention. Simply eating healthy and staying active, or going to the doctor when sick is not enough. Screening and prevention are key components in maintaining a healthy and dynamic lifestyle for patients of all ages.
Why are screenings important?
There are many different types of screenings, such as an annual wellness visit or physical. Annual wellness screenings are important for detecting easy to correct problems, potential flare-ups, or larger issues that may become an issue in the future. These screenings are also important to help us monitor issues that are very relevant to overall health. One of the most important screenings we want to educate our patients about is colonoscopy screenings. We offer this routine procedure here in our office and want to take a moment to help our patients learn more about what to expect and how to prepare for their appointment.
What is a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is typically performed to identify any changes in the colon and rectum such as the presence of polyps or other intestinal abnormalities and/or to screen for colon cancer. Healthy individuals typically need a colonoscopy screening once every 10 years.
How should I prepare for my procedure?
There are a few preparations you should make before your procedure which we will discuss with you when you make your appointment. If you have questions regarding your preparation, be sure to ask them at this time. Be prepared to modify your diet in the days leading up to your procedure, and clear your schedule the night before your appointment. You will also need to arrange for someone to take you to and from the office the day of the procedure.
What can I expect during my procedure?
During the procedure, we will insert a camera attached to a long, flexible tube into the rectum. This gives your doctor a visualization of your colon to best identify any problematic tissue, polyps, or the presence of cancer. If needed, biopsies can be taken during the procedure.
Health screenings of any kind are especially important if you have a family history of related illnesses or if you are predisposed in any way. Talk to your doctor and establish a screening schedule and plan for preventative care as early detection and prevention can save your life. For more information on colonoscopy, other health screenings, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at (281) 580-6797.