Colonoscopy in Salem and Marion, Kentucky

Routine colonoscopy exams are the best way to spot colon cancer in its earliest stages as well as diagnosing and treating other serious bowel-related problems. Colonoscopy expert William Barnes and his team at Tri-Rivers Healthcare uses the most innovative, accurate imaging techniques to help patients feel confident in their diagnosis and their treatment.

Tri-Rivers Health Care provides comprehensive colonoscopy procedures in Salem and Marion, KY. Learn more and call (270) 988-3298 to schedule your appointment today!

Get Screened for Colon Cancer at Tri-Rivers Healthcare

A colonoscopy is a procedure that enables Dr. Barnes to see the inner lining of your rectum and colon. During the procedure, a long, flexible tube with a camera is inserted into the anus and through the colon.

When Should You Get a Colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy may be done for a variety of reasons for patients throughout Kentucky, including:

  • Routine check for colon tumors
  • Routine check for colon polyps
  • Investigate abdominal pain
  • Investigate blood in the stool
  • Investigate frequent diarrhea
  • Routine check up if you have a family history of colon polyps or colon cancer

It is suggested that all people undergo a routine colonoscopy around age 50 and every ten years thereafter to catch polyps before they turn cancerous.

How to Prepare for a Colonoscopy?

Prior to receiving a colonoscopy, the colon must be completely cleaned. Dr. Barnes will give you the following information to prepare for your procedure:

  • Stop eating solid foods and drink only clear fluids one to two days before the colonoscopy. Some approved foods and liquids include water, tea, coffee, cleared broths and gelatin.
  • The night before the procedure, you will take a prescription laxative tablet or solution. The laxative will be mixed with one gallon of water. Depending on the time of your procedure, you may choose to drink half the solution the night before and half in the morning.
  • To completely clear out the colon, an enema 30 to 60 minutes before the test may be necessary.
  • To avoid dehydration, drink plenty of fluids while preparing for your procedure.
  • Stop drinking clear liquids six to eight hours prior to the procedure.

What is Recovery like from from a Colonoscopy?

Once the procedure is complete, patients will spend a little time in a recovery area before being discharged. When you are fully awake, you will be released. Because of the sedation, you may be be groggy and they’ll need to have someone drive them home after the procedure. Depending on the amount of anesthesia that you were given, you might not be able to operate machinery for up to 12 hours. There may be some bloating from the gas used to expand the colon, but this will dissipate. Patients are allowed to eat normal foods and are required to drink a lot of fluids after testing to replace the water that was lost in the colonoscopy preparation process.