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What is a Colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a medical procedure allowing a doctor to examine the inside of the large intestine (colon) for abnormalities. During the procedure, a long, flexible tube with a camera at the end, called a colonoscope, is inserted through the rectum and advanced through the colon. It is an important screening tool for detecting and preventing colorectal cancer and diagnosing various gastrointestinal conditions. Dr. Murrell, a renowned colorectal specialist serving patients in Los Angeles, Los Alamitos, Beverly Hills, and Long Beach, emphasizes the significance of colonoscopies in the early detection and prevention of colorectal diseases.

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Is a Colonoscopy Right for Me?

Determining the appropriate age to start getting a colonoscopy is an important decision that can significantly impact your long-term health. The guidelines for when to begin regular colonoscopies are based on individual risk factors and medical history. Here are some key considerations to help you determine if a colonoscopy in Los Angeles is right for you:

Average Risk Individuals: For individuals with no family history of colorectal cancer or other risk factors, starting regular colonoscopies at age 45 is generally recommended. This initial screening can help detect any early signs of colorectal cancer and establish a baseline for future screenings.

Family History of Colorectal Cancer: If you have a family history of colorectal cancer or other genetic predispositions, it is crucial to discuss your risk factors with your doctor. In many cases, individuals with a family history of colorectal cancer should start getting screened earlier than age 45, as recommended by their doctor. Early detection and proactive management can significantly improve outcomes for individuals with an increased risk of colorectal cancer.

Personalized Risk Assessment: Beyond age and family history, other factors such as personal medical history, lifestyle choices, and underlying health conditions can also influence the recommended age to start getting a colonoscopy. It is essential to have an open and thorough discussion with your healthcare provider to assess your risk profile and develop a personalized screening plan tailored to your needs.

What Should I Expect from the Procedure?

During the colonoscopy procedure, you can expect to be sedated for comfort and relaxation. The doctor will gently insert the colonoscope through the rectum and advance it through the colon while carefully examining the lining for any abnormalities, such as polyps or signs of inflammation. If any polyps are found, they may be removed or biopsied for further evaluation. Rest assured, Dr. Murrell is dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate care, ensuring a comfortable and thorough colonoscopy experience.

What is the Recovery Process Like?

After your colonoscopy in Los Angeles, you may experience mild cramping or bloating due to the air introduced during the procedure, but this typically subsides quickly. You may also feel drowsy from the sedation, so having someone drive you home is essential. Most patients can resume normal activities the next day, and any discomfort should resolve quickly. If polyps were removed during the procedure, your doctor will provide specific instructions for follow-up care and any necessary dietary or activity restrictions.

Why Choose Dr. Murrell?

Dr. Murrell is a world-renowned colorectal surgeon serving West Hollywood, Los Alamitos, Beverly Hills, Long Beach, and beyond. His focus is on restoring the quality of life for patients struggling with colon cancer, Crohn’s disease, hemorrhoids, colitis, and IBS using a minimally invasive surgical approach. Dr. Murrell is board-certified in colorectal surgery and was voted Top Doctor for Colon and Rectal Surgeries in 2015-2020 by his peers in Los Angeles Magazine.

Furthermore, Dr. Murrell takes his time helping patients understand their diagnoses and empowering them with personalized treatment options. As a nationally recognized colorectal surgeon, Dr. Murrell gives back to the community by training colleagues and students at the prestigious Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. So why delay? Contact us today for a consultation and take control of your health and wellness.

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Patient Testimonial

I was referred to Dr. Murrell by my OB/GYN because I turned 50, so it was time for my colonoscopy! His office got me in for a consultation within a couple of days, and his entire staff was warm and friendly. Dr. Murrell himself was engaging, funny, and a very good listener. I think he's just amazing!! I highly recommend him!


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Colonoscopy FAQ

What should I eat before a colonoscopy?

Follow the specific dietary instructions provided by your doctor, usually involving a clear liquid diet and laxatives.

Is the procedure painful?

No, patients are usually sedated, and discomfort is minimal during the procedure.

How long does a colonoscopy take?

The procedure typically takes 30-60 minutes.

Can I drive home after the procedure?

No, you will need someone to drive you home due to the sedation.

Are there any risks associated with a colonoscopy?

Complications are rare but may include bleeding or perforation of the colon.

How often should I have a colonoscopy?

The frequency depends on your risk factors and any findings from previous screenings.

Can I take my regular medications before a colonoscopy?

Certain medications may need to be adjusted, so inform your doctor about all medications you take.

How do I prepare for a colonoscopy?

You will need to follow a special diet and take laxatives to cleanse the colon.

What if polyps are found during the colonoscopy?

Polyps can be removed during the procedure or biopsied for further evaluation.

Can I eat after the colonoscopy?

You will need to abstain from solid foods for a few hours, then gradually reintroduce them as instructed by your doctor.

Can I resume my normal activities after the colonoscopy?

You may feel drowsy from the sedation, so it's best to rest for the remainder of the day.

How effective is a colonoscopy in detecting colorectal cancer?

Colonoscopy is highly effective and can detect and prevent colorectal cancer in its early stages.

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