Colonoscopy in Boca Raton is very common and is an important way to check for colon cancer and to treat colon polyps. Polyps are abnormal growths on the inside lining of the intestine; they vary in size and shape and while most polyps are not cancerous, some may turn into cancer. However, it is not possible to tell just by looking at a polyp if it is malignant or potentially malignant. This is why colonoscopy is often used to remove polyps, a technique called a polypectomy.
Colonoscopy in Boca Raton is also a safe and effective way to evaluate problems such as: blood loss; abdominal or rectal pain; changes in bowel habits, such as chronic diarrhea; active bleeding from the large bowel, and abnormalities that have first been detected by other studies, such as an inflamed colon noted on a CT scan of the abdomen.
Another advantage of the procedure is that, when needed, other instruments can be passed through the colonoscope. Colonoscopy in Boca Raton may be used, for example, to painlessly remove a suspicious-looking growth or to biopsy, which consists in taking a small piece of tissue for further analysis. This way, colonoscopy can help to avoid surgery or to better define what type of surgery may need to be done.
A shorter version of the colonoscope is called a sigmoidoscope. This instrument is used to screen for problems in the lower part of the large bowel (colon) only. The colonoscope, however, is long enough to inspect all of the large bowel and even the lower part of the small intestine.