Gastroenterology Specialists of Orlando
Robert T Baker, MD
Gastroenterology located in Downtown Orlando, Orlando, FL
Board-certified gastroenterologist Robert Baker, MD, offers colonoscopy services both as a preventive approach to colon cancer and as a diagnostic tool for confirming gastrointestinal disorders at Gastroenterology Specialists of Orlando, Dr. Baker offers the latest colonoscopy techniques and equipment to ensure your comfort and provide the highest accuracy in your diagnosis. To learn more about the benefits of colonoscopy, book an appointment at the Orlando, Florida-based practice online or by calling the office today.
Colonoscopy Q & A
What is a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a safe and effective procedure for diagnosing conditions of the large intestine and other areas of the digestive tract.
The test involves inserting a colonoscopy device into your anus that Dr. Baker guides through the colon. Attached to the device is a small camera, which transmits real-time images of your internal structures to an external monitor. Dr. Baker watches the monitor, checking for signs of abnormalities.
When do I need a colonoscopy?
Dr. Baker may recommend a colonoscopy if you have:
- Rectal bleeding
- A change in bowel habits
- Unexplained abdominal pain
- Persistent diarrhea or constipation
- A family history of colon cancer
Dr. Baker may also use a colonoscopy to explore your large intestine further if abnormalities show up on a CT scan or X-ray.
How do I prepare for a colonoscopy?
It’s necessary for your colon to be thoroughly cleaned before a colonoscopy procedure to ensure accurate results.
During your consultation, Dr. Baker provides instructions you need to follow leading up to your colonoscopy. You may need to increase your fiber intake during the week of your appointment but will need to avoid eating any solid food for at least 24 hours before your procedure.
Dr. Baker may also prescribe a strong laxative to help you empty your bowels.
Is a colonoscopy painful?
Colonoscopy is safe and usually well-tolerated. Prior to your colonoscopy, Dr. Baker administers two injections. One acts as a painkiller and the other helps you relax. Once the medication kicks in, you’ll feel drowsy.
Getting a colonoscopy takes about 15 minutes. Following your appointment, it’s normal to experience some mild bloating. You may also feel groggy for the remainder of the day while the anesthesia wears off.
What is recovery like following a colonoscopy?
If you had a sedative as part of your colonoscopy, you need to let the medication wear off before you can go home. You’ll need someone to drive you home after your appointment for your safety.
You may continue to feel some cramping or have gas but can return to your usual diet without limitation immediately. Within a few hours of the procedure, you should feel like your usual self. It’s best to plan a day of rest after your procedure for your comfort.
If you have severe abdominal pain or develop a fever, you should contact Dr. Baker’s office as soon as possible for further evaluation.
To learn more about the benefits of a colonoscopy, schedule an appointment at Gastroenterology Specialists of Orlando. Call the office or book a consultation online today.