About Colonoscopy

Conditions and Services

Colonoscopy allows your doctor to look at the inner lining of your large intestine (rectum and colon) to help find ulcers, tumors and areas of inflammation or bleeding. Also, and most importantly, colonoscopy enables physicians to identify and remove small growths called polyps that if not removed can lead to colon cancer – the second most deadly and third most common – type of the disease. Although colorectal cancer can have symptoms, such as blood in the stools, change in bowel habits, belly pain, weight loss and fatigue, often there are no symptoms at all.

Regular screening for these polyps decreases your risk of cancer and increases the effectiveness of treatment should it be found. The American College of Gastroenterology recommends colonoscopy as the preferred test because and polyps found can be removed immediately.

Our team of fellowship trained gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons have expertise in evaluating your needs and offering the most appropriate test for colorectal cancer screening – which also includes X-ray scans and stool tests.

If colorectal or another digestive cancer is found our team of surgeons and cancer specialists will help to determine the best course of action, such as surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapy and new medications only available through clinical trials. We also offer genetic counseling.

St. Luke’s offers colonoscopy services at its seven hospitals and the West End Endoscopy Center: