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Colonoscopy

Have your colonoscopy at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

To schedule an appointmentIf you’d like to schedule
a screening colonoscopy,
call 314-542 WEST (314-542-9378)
or 1-800-392-0936

People from all over the region depend on Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital for colonoscopy and other G.I. services. If you live in West St. Louis County, you can have your screening colonoscopy right in your neighborhood.

If you are over the age of 50, have a family history of colon cancer or have a personal history of polyps, we recommend you get screened for colon cancer. Colonoscopy is considered the gold standard for colon and rectal cancer screening.

During a colonoscopy screening, pre-cancerous polyps can be removed which reduces the likelihood of developing colorectal cancer. If cancer is detected, early detection and subsequent treatments improve outcomes.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths after lung cancer. However, colon and rectal cancers are among the most preventable, treatable and curable.

If you’re 50 and your primary doctor hasn’t mentioned or recommended a screening colonoscopy, ask. A gastroenterologist (or G.I. specialist) performs colonoscopies. If you'd like to schedule a screening colonoscopy, call 314-542-WEST (314-542-9378) or 1-800-392-0936 to find a gastroenterologist and arrange your exam at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital.

What to Expect When You Have a Screening Colonoscopy at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

Illustration of the anatomy of the digestive system, adult
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When your appointment is made, you’ll receive instructions for diet and bowel cleansing. You’ll be instructed to arrange for a ride home after the procedure. On the day of the colonoscopy, you’ll go to patient registration, at which time one of the GI nurse specialists will be alerted to your arrival. The nurse will meet you in the registration waiting area. Every patient is evaluated by an anesthesiologist.

Once you’re sedated, the gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon will perform the colonoscopy. After the procedure, you’ll spend approximately 30 to 45 minutes in recovery, after which time you will be free to go home.

 
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