George M Halow, MD, PA -  - Gastroenterologist

George M Halow, MD, PA

Gastroenterologist & Nutrition Specialist located in El Paso, TX

If you’re over the age of 50 or experience colorectal problems, it’s time to schedule a colonoscopy. George Halow, MD, PA, is an experienced gastroenterologist in El Paso, Texas, providing skillful colonoscopies for adults who experience colorectal bleeding, changes in bowel habits, or need to be screened for colorectal cancer. Learn more about the procedure by calling Dr. Halow’s office or scheduling a consultation online today.

Colonoscopy Q & A

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a medical procedure that uses a thin, flexible tube about the size of your finger to assess the tissues of your anus, rectum, and colon for abnormalities. During the procedure, Dr. Halow carefully inserts the tube through your anus then gently presses it further into your rectum and colon. The tube contains a camera and light source, which relays video images to a monitor for inspection.

Why are colonoscopies performed?

Colonoscopies are recommended as a screening procedure to detect colorectal cancer and for diagnosis purposes for other colorectal problems. Dr. Halow may recommend a colonoscopy if you experience:

  • Bleeding from your anus
  • Changes in your bowel activity, such as constipation or diarrhea
  • Pain in your abdomen
  • Unexplained weight loss

Colonoscopies have a high success rate of detecting abnormalities in the colon and rectum and are considered the gold standard in diagnostic testing for colorectal diseases.

When do I need a colonoscopy?

Colonoscopies are used for the detection of colon and rectal cancers and should be performed starting at age 50 or earlier if you have certain risk factors. These risk factors include:

  • You’re male
  • You’re African American
  • Someone in your family has or had polyps or colon cancer
  • You have a history of inflammatory bowel disease, like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
  • You have Lynch syndrome or another genetic condition that increases your risk of colorectal cancer

Other factors can also increase your risk of developing colorectal cancer, including being overweight or obese or smoking cigarettes. If colorectal cancer is a concern for you, discuss testing and treatment options with Dr. Halow.

How do I prepare for a colonoscopy?

While a colonoscopy can be an intimidating procedure, Dr. Halow takes great care to ensure you’re prepared and comfortable before your procedure. When you schedule your procedure, Dr. Halow discusses all prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements you’re taking because they could alter the results of your test.

If appropriate, Dr. Halow may recommend you stop taking certain medications for two days before your colonoscopy.

Dr. Halow also provides instructions about how to clean out your bowel before the procedure using laxatives, stool softeners, and nutritional recommendations. After your procedure, you should have someone available to drive you home. Dr. Halow thoroughly explains what to expect and talks with you throughout the procedure to keep you relaxed.

To schedule a colonoscopy, call Dr. Halow or set up an appointment online.

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