Colonoscopy is a diagnostic and therapeutic examination that uses a thin flexible tube with a light and camera at the end to examine the entire large intestine (bowel), including the anus, rectum, sigmoid, descending, transverse, ascending colon, cecum and sometimes terminal ileum (last part of small intestine). Colonoscopy is commonly used to diagnose polyps, inflammatory bowel syndrome (including Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis), colon cancer, and diverticular disease. Baseline screening colonoscopy is recommended for everyone at age 50, unless other circumstances warrant earlier surveillance, such as family history of colon cancer, personal history of certain cancers or inflammatory disorders (colitis, diverticulitis), or change in bowel habits or bleeding. For the colonoscopy, you will be asked to lay on your left side with your legs bent up towards your chest. You will then be sedated by an anesthesiologist who will monitor your vital signs [blood pressure, heart function, (breathing) respiratory] and level of comfort throughout your procedure. During colonoscopy, your doctor can obtain biopsies to help confirm a diagnosis or perform a therapeutic maneuver to remove polyps. Neither of these procedures will be uncomfortable. During colonoscopy, air is used to "inflate" your bowel to enable your doctor to fully examine the lining of your large intestine/bowel. For this reason, you may experience some gas cramping after the procedure and will be encouraged to expel the gas in the recovery area. The colonoscopy usually lasts 20-40 minutes followed by a 30 minute recovery period.
Want to learn more about this procedure?  Click the link below to visit the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy to learn more...


Contact Information / Office Hours

Center for GI Health Sellersville (8:30-4:30 M thru F)
Phone: 215-257-5071
Fax: 215-257-1801
817 Lawn Avenue
Sellersville, PA 18960
Center for GI Health Lansdale
Phone: 215-257-5071
815 Sumneytown Pike
Suite 210
Lansdale, PA 19446
Center for GI Health Springhouse
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909 Sumneytown Pike, Suite 106
Springhouse, PA 19477
The Endoscopy Center (7-3 M thru F)
Phone: 215-453-3050
817 Lawn Avenue
Sellersville, PA 18960
About Us

The Center for GI Health, formerly known as Upper Bucks Medical Associates, has been serving the community since 1973. Our practice has expanded over the years from one to four physicians. CGI is dedicated to provide the highest level of care combining experience and education with compassion and understanding. We have most recently added a female physician to our practice in 2006. This has added a level of comfort for those patients who seek a female to deliver their GI care. CGI has full staff privileges at Grand View Hospital located just across the street from our office and Endoscopy Center.
Hospital Affiliations

The Center for GI Health and The Endoscopy Center are affiliated with Grand View Hospital in Sellersville PA and Abington Hospital in Lansdale PA.

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