The colon, or large intestine, is a large organ that is part of the digestive tract or GI system. It is a hollow tube that is about five feet long and is responsible for transporting stool to the rectum. A colonoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed to examine the inside of the colon. It is a safe and effective way to check for conditions, like digestive disease (colitis or Crohn’s disease), abnormal growths (colon polyps), and colon cancer. In addition, this procedure can be used to evaluate other issues, such as blood loss (anemia), active GI bleeding, abnormal pain, and irregular bowel movements. At Houston Colon and Rectal Surgery, our team consists of some of the best colorectal specialists in Houston, TX. If you need to schedule a colonoscopy, we invite you to call our office in North Houston or West Houston, TX today.
""All I had is Medicare" My husband said "And they treated me like a prince." We were having a crisis. My husband was passing large blood clots and bleeding a lot from his rectum. We had been told there was "something" in his colon on the CAT scan and were scared to death. They went above and beyond to do everything they could. He's an old crippled guy, on Medicare. They treated him like a VIP. We had a great experience with the office staff - who took the time to explain everything, and Dr Raphaeli. Dr. R looked at our records and scheduled my husband for a prompt colonoscopy. Since we are non-driving due to disability he took pains to make sure it would happen locally so we wouldn't have transportation difficulties. The procedure was fast, the results good (no cancer!). We have a proper diagnosis and a treatment plan. Houston Colon and Rectal, and Dr R, went above and beyond to serve both of us, and for that they have my undying gratitude."- H.B. / Google / Jul 12, 2016
"A couple months ago I suffered from severe pain in my lower abdomen which caused much difficulty when going to the restroom. My rating on this pain was a 10.After several Doctors failed to determine the source of my pain, I was lucky at last to have my gynecologist confirm it was a colon problem and that I needed to seek out the help of a specialist. My journey to Dr. Azimuddin was not an easy one as I was initially scheduled to have the procedure done in Miami. Due to a tropical storm my appointment was cancelled so I decided to head to Texas where I had family. My sister searched online for Colon specialist and there was Dr. Azimuddin of the Houston Colon & Rectal surgery with great reviews. Honestly my encounter with Dr. Azimuddin can only be described as ‘A Blessing’. In a nutshell, we emailed him in the evening for an urgent appointment given my level of pain. Imagine, Dr. Azimuddin was online and responded immediately confirming that he would fit me in for an appointment the next day. He was able to review all paper work and advise all next steps in order to have the procedure done quickly. A colonoscopy was done to confirm source of pain followed by a colon resection. I vouch that Dr. Azimuddin and his team lived up to their commitment to the patient of:1) Immediate access to care2) Complete Evaluation of GI Tract3) Rapid Relief of Symptoms4) Individualized Treatment for meIn addition, I felt very comfortable knowing that I was being attended to by someone with so much experience and knowledge in his field. The level of professionalism was impeccable and I knew from my first appointment that I would be ok.My surgery was minimally invasive and my recovery has been nothing short of amazing.Thank you Dr. Azimuddin for making me pain free and able to live life to the fullest again."- G. / Google / Jul 12, 2018
"My husband saw Dr. Raphaeli today after seeing 3 other colorectal doctors. He is by far the best! He listened well and reviewed CT Scan and colonoscopy reports. He recommended a treatment plan. We like his demeanor and the way he talked to us in plain language. He was on time for a 3pm appointment which is unusual for a specialist. His staff were friendly and courteous."- G.C. / Google / Sep 04, 2019
"This email communication is directed to Dr. Azimunddin. Thank you for your extended courtesy in reaching out to Dr. Muhamed Othman for the ESD procedure I wanted done to remove the 35mm Large Poylp from my Large Intestine. Rest assured that I will refer anyone I know needing a Colonoscopy or Robotic and/or Laproscopic procedures to have remove any large polyps found in their Colons. Thank you again for the time you have taken to examine all the documented information I brought with me from El Paso Texas regarding the Large 35mm Polyp discovered by Colon Surgeons during a colonoscopy procedure performed on me in El Paso Texas sometime during the month of September 2019."- MF / Office Visit / Jan 23, 2020
Colonoscopy Before the Exam
Prior to your procedure, an initial consultation will be performed to review your general medical history and list of medications you are currently taking. It’s particularly crucial to let us know if you are taking any blood thinners or diabetic medications as there are specific medical instructions to stop these prescription drugs prior to your colonoscopy.
It’s important to know that a colonoscopy is actually a two-day process. The day before your procedure, you will need to complete a series of steps to empty your bowel in preparation for your exam. These instructions will be provided by our office and should be followed accordingly. The goal is to clean out your colon so we can have a clear view of the inner lining.
Colonoscopy During the Exam
A colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure that is generally completed in about 30 – 60 minutes. Since some form of sedation (oral and/or IV) is used, you will need to have a trusted driver to take you home after your procedure. Our team will do all we can to help make you as comfortable as possible. Once the sedative(s) have taken full effect, lubrication will be applied to the rectum and the colonoscope will be gently inserted into the rectum. A colonoscope is a tube-like device that has a tiny camera and light at the end, which enables us to examine the inside of the colon. The high-quality picture is transferred to a TV monitor to allow for better viewing. Once your procedure is complete, you will be taken to a recovery area until most of the effects of the sedative(s) have worn off.
Additional Testing for Colonoscopy
Typically, before you are discharged home, we will share the preliminary findings of your exam with you. If nothing abnormal was found, your results will be negative, but if anything unusual was discovered, your results will be positive. Depending on your results, further tests may be performed, or medication will be prescribed to address any underlying concerns.
Schedule Your Exam
If you are over the age of 50 or have been experiencing abnormal pain or bowel movements, a colonoscopy may be needed to evaluate your colorectal health. Our caring specialists will discuss the procedure in more detail during your initial consultation so you will know what to expect on the day of your exam. We understand that this type of procedure can be embarrassing, but it may help save your life by identifying any concerns as early as possible. Reach out to Houston Colon and Rectal Surgery in North Houston or West Houston, TX today.