Tillman Medical Group

Gastroenterologist & Internal Medicine located in Vidalia, LA

At Tillman Medical Group in Vidalia, Louisiana, experienced gastroenterologists C. R. Tillman, MD, stay proactive about early colon cancer detection. The gastroenterology team can assess your risk factors for the disease and use the latest diagnostic technology to screen for colon cancer. They also provide counseling services to protect the health of your colon. If you have a family history of colon cancer, schedule your colonoscopy online or by calling Tillman Medical Group today.

Colonoscopy Q & A

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a diagnostic test that screens for early signs of cancer in your large intestine (colon) and rectum, and prevents colon cancer by removing colon polyps. The procedure is also useful in identifying unexplained digestive symptoms.

During your procedure, you will be asleep and will not experience any discomfort. Your Tillman Medical Group physician inserts a long, flexible tube through your rectum and examines the entire colon. The tube has an attached light and camera that sends live images of the inside of your lower digestive tract to a monitor.

Your provider watches the monitor throughout the exam to find polyps and other abnormalities that could indicate cancer or a precancerous condition.

If you have colon polyps, your physician will remove them during your colonoscopy for further evaluation by a medical lab. Sometimes, biopsies (small tissue samples) are taken as part of the evaluation for diarrhea or inflammatory bowel disease.

The team at Tillman Medical Group offers on-site colonoscopies on an outpatient basis and the test typically takes an hour or less.

Why would I need a colonoscopy?

Everyone needs a colonoscopy as a routine screening and prevention test for colon cancer at the age of 45 to 50.  If you have certain risk factors listed below, you may need your exam earlier or on a more frequent basis The gastroenterology team at Tillman Medical Group will recommend a colonoscopy if you have:

  • Polyps
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • Family history of colon cancer or advanced colon polyps

The Tillman Medical Group physicians can determine if you need a colonoscopy after a review of your personal and family medical history and a physical exam.

What happens after a colonoscopy?

During your colonoscopy, your Tillman Medical Group provider provides you with a sedative to keep you asleep and comfortable during your test, so you can expect to spend some time in recovery before going home to rest. For your safety, you’ll need someone to drive you.

It’s normal to feel some mild cramping and bloating after a colonoscopy. You might have a small amount of rectal bleeding with your first bowel movement. These symptoms should go away on their own within a few hours. Your provider will often suggest that you limit certain foods to prevent additional discomfort.

If your Tillman Medical Group provider removes polyps during your colonoscopy, it will take one to two days to receive test results from the medical lab. Your provider discusses what to expect moving forward if the test reveals any problems and can customize a treatment plan for existing digestive issues or cancer.

To learn more about the diagnostic benefits of a colonoscopy, call Tillman Medical Group or request a consultation online today.