Did you know that colorectal cancer is a highly treatable cancer when it’s caught early? Colonoscopy is the screening method of choice for discovering cancer at a treatable stage – or even preventing cancer by detecting pre-cancerous polyps and removing them.
If you’re over 50, be proactive about protecting your health and consider scheduling a colonoscopy.
The American Cancer Society recommends a colonoscopy at age 50 for every woman and man with no unusual risk factors (such as a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease or a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps). After that, a colonoscopy every seven to 10 years is recommended. People at higher risk, because of a family history of colon cancer or other diseases, should start being screened at age 40 (or 10 years before youngest family member was diagnosed) and then screened at least every five years or sooner depending on the test results. One call is all you need to schedule this potentially lifesaving procedure. Call (260) 266-9085 or (877) 870-0301 today to schedule a colonoscopy at one of our many facilities throughout the region.
What is a colonoscopy?
Your colon is the part of your lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract where waste from the food you’ve eaten accumulates. When polyps – areas of abnormal cell growth – develop in the colon or rectum, they can become cancerous over time. A colonoscopy:
- Is a painless procedure used to look inside the colon for signs of cancer or polyps
- Enables your physician to view the inside of your GI tract using a flexible endoscope and take tissue samples or remove polyps as necessary
- Requires you to take bowel prep the day before your procedure so that the physician can see the colon
- Typically takes about 30 minutes
- Is performed on an outpatient basis under light sedation (you will need someone to drive you home after the procedure)
To learn more about colon cancer, visit www.cancer.org/cancer/colonandrectumcancer/index.
How do I prep for a colonoscopy?
Before a colonoscopy, you must clean your bowel using a bowel prep mixture the night before your procedure. This mixture causes you to have bowel movements, which clean your bowels, allows your physician to get a clear picture of your bowel and provides better screening results. People whose bowels are not clean enough will often have to have their procedures rescheduled. The best way to plan for a successful procedure is to be prepared.
Bowel Prep Tips
- Eat lightly a couple of days before your colonoscopy. Reduce the amount of meat and dairy products to make it easier to clean your bowel.
- Start a clear liquid diet the day before your procedure. Do not drink any liquids that have red or purple dyes. You can drink coffee, tea, root beer and soup that is not cream-based and has all the solids removed (noodles, chicken, beef or vegetables). This may taste better than broth.
- Keep your prep mixture very cold. Before you drink it, mix it and keep it in the refrigerator.
- Drink your prep mixture through a straw. This will help you drink your prep quicker and bypass some of your taste buds.
- Make sure that you have flushable (alcohol-free) wipes on hand to decrease the soreness of your bottom. Also if you have hemorrhoids, be sure to keep hemorrhoid cream on hand. If your bottom becomes sore, considering using an over-the-counter cream.
- If you start feeling sick while taking your prep, stop for no longer than 30 minutes and resume taking the prep. This will give your stomach time to empty.
- Prepare your bathroom! If you know that having a dirty bathroom is going to drive you crazy make sure you clean it beforehand. Make sure to have plenty of toilet paper and flushable wipes.
- Keep yourself comfortable near the bathroom when you start your prep. Make sure your TV, books, magazines, bowel prep, pillows and blankets are close to your bathroom.
How do I schedule a colonoscopy?
Call the Parkview Colon Screening Clinic at (260) 266-9085 or (877) 870-0301 to schedule a colonoscopy.
Your physician may refer you, or you can contact the Colon Screening Clinic yourself and speak directly with a colon-screening specialist who can:
- Give you easy-to-understand information on the procedure
- Schedule your colonoscopy
- Connect you with an experienced physician if you don’t currently have one
- Answer your billing, insurance and pre-certification questions
- Help you understand your screening results
Where can I get a colonoscopy?
Parkview Colon Screening Clinic can schedule a colonoscopy for you at one of the Parkview hospitals and specialty facilities listed below. Parkview Physicians Group specialty physicians and general surgeons at these facilities perform the procedures:
Parkview Regional Medical Center campus
Medical Park 11, Suite 220
11104 Parkview Circle
Fort Wayne, IN 46845
Inverness Surgery Center
8004 Carnegie Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
Parkview Hospital Randallia
2200 Randallia Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Parkview Regional Medical Center
11109 Parkview Plaza Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46845
Parkview Huntington Hospital
2001 Stults Road
Huntington, IN 46750
Parkview LaGrange Hospital
207 North Townline Road
LaGrange, IN 46761
Parkview Noble Hospital Endoscopy Center
401 Sawyer Road
Kendallville, IN 46755
Parkview Whitley Hospital
1260 E. State Road 205
Columbia City, IN 46725