If you have had polyps picked up in the past or have first degree family with colon cancer, a colonoscopy is recommended.
Colon cancer starts as polyps which can be removed through the scope. This prevents cancer from developing. This practice has been scientifically proven to decrease the incidence and mortality from large bowel cancer.
Many other diseases can be picked up through colonoscopy including inflammatory bowel disease, microscopic colitis, diverticular disease, haemorrhoids etc.
The effectiveness, comfort and time taken to do colonoscopy is operator dependant. Usually takes about 20-30min. The procedure is very low risk and any complication is very low in experienced hands.
President Scholar (1975), MBBS (NUS), FRCS (Edinburgh), FRCS (Glasgow), Higher Surgical Training (Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital), Founding Governor IFSES (1993), Founder & President ELSA, Assoc. Prof NUH NUS till 2000, Prof. Monash University, Prof. Cologne University, Chief of Surgery Yosemite Hospital and Yosemite Clinic.
Dr. Goh started is MOH-accredited and experience in general, laparoscopic and bariatric surgery. Current medical director of Advance Surgical Group.
He has 40 years of experience and carried out 30,000+ successful procedures to this day. Dr. Goh believes in permanently reversing diseases if possible rather than life long control.
Endoscopy is one of best ways for us to find out what is wrong with your gastrointestinal tract.
Without an accurate diagnosis it is difficult to recommend the appropriate treatment. We may also discover some unexpected problems which are treatable. This avoids the need for unnecessary surgery.
The usual symptoms include:
The procedure is also conducted for patients who want to do cancer surveillance
Normally, Gastroscopy takes 5 to 10 minutes.
Colonoscopy takes 15 minutes to half an hour for a full checkup.
Time may vary depending on possible biopsies that are extracted for analysis. Sedation will be given to you with your consent prior to the procedure to ensure comfort and peace of mind.
Instructions will be given by the doctor or nurse beforehand to prepare you for the procedure.
Please inform the consulting doctor of any medications, medical condition or drug allergies, or if you have had any exposure to an infectious disease in the past 2 weeks.
The consulting doctor will discuss with you your medical history, your family history and any prior surgical procedures.
Please do not eat or drink anything 8 hours before the procedure. For colonoscopy procedures, bowel preparation medication will be advised by the consulting doctor
1. Book a consultation with ASG clinic for the doctor to examine you
2. If endoscopic screening is necessary, necessary preparations and instructions will be given before the procedure
3. After the procedure, a report will be furnished detailing the results. The next step is a follow up consult to determine the next course of action