Murtaza Arif, MD, is an experienced gastroenterologist with a passion for preventing colon cancer. At his practice, Katy Digestive Center in Katy, Texas, Dr. Arif offers colon cancer screenings including colonoscopy. You can schedule a colonoscopy if you have symptoms that indicate trouble in your digestive system or as a screening tool for colon cancer that shows no symptoms. Find out how often you should schedule a colonoscopy by calling the office or booking a consultation online today.
A colonoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that uses a slender scope with an attached camera to view the internal structures of your colon and rectum.
This type of procedure can be effective in identifying abnormalities that may cause changes in your bowel movements, constipation, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, or abdominal pain.
You may need a colonoscopy to identify:
A colonoscopy is a useful procedure to identify and remove precancerous colon polyps, and to prevent colon cancer.
A colonoscopy is also a diagnostic tool for identifying colon cancer in the earliest stages, even if you have no symptoms.
When do I need a colon cancer screening?
Dr. Arif reviews your personal and family medical history to determine your risk factors for colon cancer. He will recommend colon cancer screenings depending on your cancer risk due to your:
You may also need a routine colonoscopy if you have other types of cancer. This diagnostic procedure is often the best way to identify colon polyps or cancer as early as possible, so treatment can be successful.
Before you undergo a colonoscopy, Dr. Arif performs a physical examination and provides you with resources to prepare you for the procedure. Preparation may include dietary changes and the use of laxatives to clean out your digestive tract. These steps ensure Dr. Arif can clearly identify abnormal tissue or polyps that can indicate a precancerous condition or cancer.
Because you undergo anesthesia during a colonoscopy, Dr. Arif may recommend stopping certain medications and supplements to prevent complications.
During the colonoscopy, Dr. Arif inserts a scope, a thin, flexible tube with an attached camera. The camera transmits real-time images of your colon to an external camera. This gives Dr. Arif a closer look at your rectum and colon.
If he identifies polyps in the colon or rectum, Dr. Arif can remove them during the procedure. He may also elect to take a tissue sample, or biopsy, of abnormal areas of tissue for further analysis at a medical lab.
Following your colonoscopy, you need time to recover from anesthesia before you can go home to rest. A loved one or friend will need to drive you home after your procedure for your safety, as anesthesia can affect your decision-making and reflexes.
To schedule a colon cancer screening or colonoscopy today, call Katy Digestive Center or use the online booking tool to set up your appointment.