Colonoscopy at Methodist Health System

What is colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy is the traditional test for finding growths in the colon. It allows a doctor to inspect the length of the colon directly using an endoscope, a long, flexible tube with a tiny light and camera built into it. A doctor can also remove small growths during colonoscopy or collect a tissue sample that can be examined for signs of cancer.

Who needs colonoscopy?

All women and men age 50 and older should be screened in some way for colon cancer. People at higher risk for colorectal cancer may need to start screening sooner. Risk factors include a personal history of colon growths, chronic inflammatory bowel disease, a family history of colon cancer, or a positive test result for blood in the stool.

Where is this test performed?

Colonoscopy is done by the order of a physician. For more information about colonoscopy at Methodist Health System, call the numbers below:

Find a physician on the Methodist Health System medical staff in the online physician directory.

Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System, or any of its affiliated hospitals.