The best in class proctologists of the Proctology Institute (Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Newport Beach & Huntington Beach) offer comprehensive colonoscopy services (routine diagnostic & cancer screening). A colonoscopy is a safe outpatient procedure performed by our proctologists to examine a person’s rectum and intestine for polyps and the possible presence of colon cancer and other diseases. A typical colonoscopy takes about 30 minutes and is accompanied by medication to allow a person to be comfortable during testing. We offer different types of preparations for your colonoscopy to make you as comfortable as possible.
Once the colonoscopy has begun, if the proctologist finds a polyp, it can easily be removed. Our proctologists can also biopsy suspicious-looking tissue through the colonoscope for additional testing.
Colon cancer is one of the most preventative cancers of today, yet it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Many people avoid preventive screenings and visits to their proctologist due to perceived discomfort and embarrassment. Advanced symptoms, however, make treatment options more difficult or nearly impossible. Regular colonoscopy screenings save lives.
The proctologists of the Proctology Institute (Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Newport Beach, and Huntington Beach) offer a minimally invasive, nearly pain-free approach to a colonoscopy. During the procedure, a flexible video endoscope is advanced through the colon to find and remove precancerous polyps (this procedure is also known as Flexible Sigmoidoscopy). Systematic removal of polyps can reduce the risk of developing colon cancer by 90%.
Who should get a colonoscopy?
- Everyone age 50 years or older
- Anyone age 40 years or older with a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps, or 10 years prior to the age of the youngest first degree relative at diagnosis
- Anyone with a change in bowel habits, rectal bleeding, a history of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Ulcerative Colitis, hemorrhoids, Chron’s Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) complaints
What exactly is a colonoscopy?
A Colonoscopy is a safe and common screening procedure performed by our proctologists to detect abnormalities such as colon cancer and polyps. (Some polyps are precancerous, and may develop into cancer with time.) A flexible fiber-optic instrument known as a colonoscope, which includes a miniature light and camera, is gently inserted into the colon and rectum. The colonoscope is then guided through the full length of the colon after the air has been pumped into the colon to keep it patent.
The advantage of a colonoscopy is that polyps may be removed at the time of the colonoscopy, decreasing the risk for colon and rectal cancer.
When is a colonoscopy performed?
Currently, a colonoscopy is recommended every five years for all adults over 50. People with a family history of colon cancer may require a screening colonoscopy as early as ten years before their relative was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. African-Americans should have their colonoscopy performed at age 45.
Colonoscopy may also be recommended for the following symptoms:
- Change in bowel habits
- Bloody stool
- Colitis, or inflammation of the bowel
- Abdominal pain
- Suspicious growth or for biopsy
Maintaining A Relationship With Your Proctologist
Should you elect to move forward with one of our best in class proctologists in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Newport Beach, or Huntington Beach, any and all questions regarding your treatment will certainly be answered in advance by your proctologist. Please remember that the relationship with your proctologist does not end when you leave your visit from our medical practice. If you have questions or concerns during your treatment and recovery or need additional information at a later time, you should always feel free to contact us. Our proctologists take pride in putting the patient first and offering the best and fastest treatment outcome.
Our best in class proctologists pride themselves on providing you highly personalized and comprehensive care before, after, and during your proctology treatment. The Proctology Institute of Beverly Hills, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, and Los Angeles’ philosophy of direct proctologist to patient care at every visit has made us one of the most trusted and respected medical practices in California. For more information or to schedule a consultation please feel free to contact us:
Proctology Institute Beverly Hills
300 South Beverly Drive, Suite 105
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Proctology Institute Newport Beach
500 Superior Ave, Suite 320
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Proctology Institute Los Angeles
11601 Wilshire Blvd, 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Proctology Institute Huntington Beach
17011 Beach Blvd, Suite 900
Huntington Beach, CA 92647