A commitment to your health - our providers

Under the personalized care of Dr. Gary T. Sweet, Dr. Jennine L. Larson, Dr. William Wilfley, and Dr. Jeremy Olson, you can expect your comfort to be a primary concern. We are committed to providing top-tier colonoscopy screenings in Wausau. We understand the anxiety that can accompany such procedures and strive to ensure a comfortable, respectful, and informative experience for all our patients.

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Colorectal cancer Early detection matters

Colorectal cancer is the third most common malignancy and the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Early detection through colonoscopy screening is a powerful tool in reducing the risk of developing this cancer. Colon cancer often begins as a benign growth known as a polyp. Identifying and removing these polyps when identified is crucial, as certain types can evolve into cancer if left untreated.

Who is a candidate for a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a highly effective method for cancer screening. This procedure involves the examination of the entire colon using a flexible, camera-equipped instrument. It allows for the detection and removal of polyps and the investigation of abnormalities. The procedure is known for being thorough and relatively painless, making it the gold standard for colorectal cancer screening.

Your primary care physician may recommend a colonoscopy if you:

  • Have a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or polyps.
  • Suffer from inflammatory bowel disease, such as colitis.
  • Have genetic syndromes like hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer (Lynch syndrome), familial polyposis, or Gardner’s syndrome.
  • Experience symptoms such as rectal bleeding, unexplained weight loss, changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain, constipation, or diarrhea.
  • Are between the ages of 45 and 75, as recommended by health guidelines.
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What to expect?

During a colonoscopy, patients are typically sedated for comfort. The procedure involves inserting a colonoscope into the rectum to examine the colon. If polyps are found, they can often be removed during the same procedure. The entire process usually takes about 30 to 60 minutes.

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Preparing for your colonoscopy

Preparation for a colonoscopy involves a special diet and the use of laxatives to clear the bowel. Detailed instructions are provided ahead of time to ensure the colon is adequately prepared for the examination.

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After the procedure

Post-colonoscopy, you could have some mild discomfort from bloating or gas, but these symptoms typically resolve quickly. Most people can resume their regular diet and activities the following day. If polyps are removed, they are sent to a lab for analysis to determine if further treatment or surveillance is necessary.

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Why choose Surgical Associates for colonoscopy screening?

Choosing Surgical Associates for your colonoscopy in Wausau means you will be under the care of a compassionate doctor who recognizes the importance of early detection and prevention. Our state-of-the-art facilities and our skilled surgeons’ expertise ensure you will have the highest standard of care. We are dedicated to guiding you through the screening process with compassion and professionalism, from your initial consultation to post-procedure care. Colonoscopy screening is a critical step in maintaining your colorectal health. At Surgical Associates, we’re here to support you in taking this proactive measure in cancer prevention. To schedule a screening or to learn more about our services, contact us today.

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