Colonoscopy and Endoscopy

Colonoscopy and Endoscopy

Colonoscopy and Endoscopy services offered in Athens, OH

If you experience digestive problems like chronic heartburn, diarrhea, or bloody stools, consider colonoscopy and endoscopy. These minimally invasive procedures can diagnose underlying medical issues and help guide treatment. At Athens Surgery Center, an ambulatory surgery center, the team provides colonoscopy and endoscopy on an outpatient basis. To make an appointment, call the office of your Gastrointerologist  in Athens, Ohio, to book with Athens Surgery Center today.

What are colonoscopy and endoscopy?

Colonoscopy and endoscopy are outpatient procedures that diagnose problems with your large intestine (colon) or digestive tract. They’re often mentioned together, but there are differences:


During a colonoscopy, your Athens Surgery Center provider inserts a colonoscope –– a thin tube with a lighted camera –– into your rectum. The camera provides real-time images that your provider uses to examine the inside of your large intestine. 

If your provider sees anything unusual, like a polyp, they can collect a tissue sample (biopsy) and send it to a lab for testing.


During an endoscopy, your Athens Surgery Center provider inserts an endoscope –– a thin tube with a lighted camera –– through your mouth and into your esophagus. The endoscope provides real-time images that your provider uses to examine your esophagus, stomach, and part of your small intestine.

If necessary, your provider can use the endoscopy to place a stent or collect a tissue sample.

Why would I need a colonoscopy or endoscopy?

The team at Athens Surgery Center performs colonoscopy and endoscopy for various reasons, including:

  • Investigating the cause of abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, or chronic diarrhea
  • Screening for colon cancer
  • Looking for polyps
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Bleeding in the digestive tract

You might also benefit from an endoscopy if you have chronic gas or experience difficulty swallowing. 

How do I prepare for colonoscopy and endoscopy?

The team at Athens Surgery Center recommends you prepare for colonoscopy or endoscopy in the following ways:

Preparing for colonoscopy

The day before a colonoscopy, it’s imperative you eat a special diet. The team recommends sticking to clear liquids, like water, broth, or tea. You also need to take a laxative or perform an at-home enema to empty your colon completely.

Preparing for endoscopy

To prepare for endoscopy, fast for between six and eight hours before the procedure. When you arrive at Athens Surgery Center, your provider administers an anesthetic that puts you to sleep.

How long do colonoscopy and endoscopy take?

Colonoscopy and endoscopy typically take 30 to 60 minutes. Depending on the reason for your visit, your provider might recommend a mild sedative or general anesthesia. After the anesthesia sets in, you fall asleep.

When the procedure finishes, your provider moves you to a recovery room for observation. A friend or family member can drive you home once the anesthetic wears off. 

To learn more about colonoscopy and endoscopy, make an appointment at Athens Surgery Center by calling the office or booking online today.