Lifespan’s colonoscopy units offer diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy as a safe and effective method of examining the lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Colonoscopy is a procedure that allows your physician to examine the entire length of the large intestine, using a colonoscope, a flexible, lighted tube.
During the procedure, the colonoscope is inserted into the rectum and colon, allowing visualization of the interior of the colon. The procedure also enables your physician to access the bowel with surgical instruments. During a colonoscopy, your physician may remove tissue or polyps for further testing and diagnosis.
- Inflamed tissue
- Abnormal growths and polyps
- Possible causes for diarrhea, constipation or abdominal pain
A colonoscopy is also used to screen for colon cancer.
Our multidisciplinary care team includes:
Our physicians teach the next generation of specialists at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. We participate in ongoing research to develop new patient treatments. Proven and emerging methods enable us to treat:
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Gastrointestinal cancer