Colonoscopy in Tulsa, OK
Ready to Consult a GI Physician?Find a Provider
What is a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a life-saving diagnostic procedure intended to diagnose, treat, and prevent colon cancer, as well as other diseases of the large intestine. A colonoscopy allows your Tulsa, OK provider to examine the entire large intestine, also known as the colon. This procedure is best performed by a board-certified gastroenterologist at an Adult Gastroenterology Associates location in your community. To inquire about a colonoscopy, request a consultation today.
Who needs a colonoscopy?
Beginning at the age of 50, everyone will need a colonoscopy. However, few people may require a colonoscopy earlier in life. You may need a colonoscopy earlier than age 50 if:
- You are experiencing symptoms, such as rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea, or chronic constipation
- You are African American and aged 45 or older
- You have a family history of polyps or colon cancer, you will need a colonoscopy when you are 10 years younger than the family member when he/she was diagnosed
- You are aged 50 or older, regardless of medical history
- You are a patient who has been diagnosed with a gastrointestinal disease or condition that requires a colonoscopy as part of routine check-ups
If you are concerned that you may need a colonoscopy earlier than age 50, request a consultation at one of our Tulsa, OK locations today.
What is colonoscopy prep?
Colonoscopy prep, also commonly referred to as bowel or colon prep, is the colon cleansing regimen that must be completed before your colonoscopy. There are a variety of colonoscopy prep options. Your prep will be determined by your Adult Gastroenterology Associated GI provider based on factors specific to your case and medical condition.
Review the colonoscopy prep instructions issued by your provider 72 hours or more before your procedure. Most preps begin as early as 36 hours before your scheduled procedure. You should plan to prepare for your colonoscopy at home, where you have nearby access to a working bathroom and plenty of privacy. Your diet will need to be modified in addition to taking the prescribed prep.
Follow prep instructions exactly as detailed by your GI provider. Failure to follow the prep instructions exactly as outlined may require you to reschedule your procedure. If you have any questions about your colonoscopy prep, please contact your provider immediately to make sure your prep is completed as instructed.
Managing your GI health
If your provider has prescribed a colonoscopy or you are eligible for a screening colonoscopy, contact one of our Tulsa, OK locations to request a consultation. Colonoscopies are an important part of taking care of your gastrointestinal health. For patients who need to see a gastroenterologist prior to scheduling their colonoscopy, connect with our team at an Adult Gastroenterology Associates location in your community today.
When should you undergo a colonoscopy screening?
We suggest patients with an average chance of getting colon cancer begin having colonoscopy exams at age 45. If your risk of colon cancer is higher or you present signs of colon cancer, a GI specialist may advise colonoscopies earlier in life.
How often should you have colon cancer screenings?
GI doctors advise getting a colonoscopy every ten years for patients with average risk, who are in favorable health, and when they have colonoscopy test results that reveal no concerns. After your exam, your provider will discuss how frequently you should schedule colonoscopy screenings in the future.
Is a colonoscopy an uncomfortable procedure?
Sedation will be administered ahead of your colonoscopy to ensure your comfort and relaxation while undergoing the exam. Depending on the type of sedation given, you may reach a very tranquil state or possibly feel drowsy. You may even have little-to-no recollection of the procedure once it is complete. During your consultation, your colonoscopy doctor can provide details on what to anticipate throughout the screening process.
What is recovery like following a colonoscopy?
On average, patients need around 24 hours to recuperate following a colonoscopy screening, and a number of patients are able to resume their normal routine the following day. When polyps are identified and removed, the recovery time may take longer. It is common to have some abdominal discomfort following a colonoscopy, such as cramping and/or bloating. Our Adult Gastroenterology Associates team will provide more information on what to expect while you recover.
Dr. Conkling is very personable and answers any & all questions without rushing through your consultation or making you feel uneasy about your upcoming colonoscopy. I highly recommend him & his entire office staff.
I was so impressed with their whole team. This was by far the BEST experience I have ever had in a Dr office/Procedure, by far! They had it together from start to end! Highly Highly recommend this practice! It can be nerve racking getting procedures done, they all were so friendly, caring, they checked on my several times, they are literally the Best! They even texted afterwards to make sure I was doing good not having any issues! They run a tight ship! Thank you so much for making my first colonoscopy an amazing experience. I am recommending EVERYONE to your office. What an amazing team you have, from checking in to being wheeled out! So friendly and kind I cannot say enough, highly impressed! Thank you so much ❤️
This is Joyce McCoy I have been a patient of Dr Nightingale for over 18 years.. he is the BEST ! I have PBC and he takes care of me 100% I do all my endoscopy and colonoscopy there at his office on Kelly Dr. In Tulsa
My visit to OSH was fantastic outside of the fact that I was there for a colonoscopy. That drink is disgusting and made me really nauseous. But all of the staff were amazing and really sweet. The only person who didn't even say hello or anything was one of the people in the or. He had lots of tattoos and facial piercings. I really wanted to see them too! But he wouldn't even look my way. It was kind of disappointing. But I know everyone has a bad day every now and then. So I don't think he deserves to get in trouble. He was never rude or anything. Just maybe a suggestion to smile and be friendly.
I was notified by email that I needed to schedule my colonoscopy. I called for an appointment with Dr. Stanton and received all the information I needed when we met. My colonoscopy is scheduled later this month. As always, I felt well informed and totally at ease.