Colonoscopy Specialist

Joseph Saracino, MD, FACG, FACP -  - Gastroenterology and Endoscopy

Joseph Saracino, MD, FACG, FACP

Gastroenterology and Endoscopy located in Kinston, NC

To identify colon polyps, cancerous tumors, or ulcers in the earliest stages, on-site colonoscopy services are available at the office of Joseph Saracino, MD, in Kinston, North Carolina. As an experienced gastroenterologist, Dr. Saracino uses advanced colonoscopy technology to evaluate the health of your lower gastrointestinal tract and screen for colon cancer. He can also perform a biopsy during your colonoscopy procedure. To find out if you need a colonoscopy, call the office of Joseph Saracino, MD, or request a consultation through the online booking feature today.

Colonoscopy Q & A

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a minimally invasive, endoscopic procedure that helps Dr. Saracino view the inner lining of your large intestine (colon) to detect abnormalities like:

  • Polyps
  • Tumors
  • Ulcers
  • Bleeding
  • Inflammation

While a colonoscopy is an effective diagnostic test to uncover the root cause of gastrointestinal symptoms, Dr. Saracino also uses the technology as a colorectal cancer screening tool.

What happens during a colonoscopy procedure?

A colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure that Dr. Saracino performs in his state-of-the-art endoscopy facility. He provides a sedative to keep you calm and relaxed before starting your procedure.

During your colonoscopy, Dr. Saracino inserts a colonoscope, which is a thin, flexible tube that has an attached light and camera. This camera sends high quality images of your intestinal lining to an external monitor that he watches throughout your procedure in real time.

As the camera moves through your large intestine, Dr. Saracino checks for inflammation, polyps, and other abnormalities. If he sees a suspicious area, he performs a biopsy by inserting specialized surgical tools in through the tube to remove a sample of tissue. He sends this tissue to a medical lab for further evaluation.

How long does it take to recover from a colonoscopy?

Following your colonoscopy, you can expect to spend a brief time in recovery before you go home to rest. The procedure typically takes 30-60 minutes to complete.

You may experience some mild bloating or cramping in the hours after your colonoscopy but should be able to return to your usual activities without limitations the next day.

To learn more about the diagnostic benefits of a colonoscopy, call the office of Joseph Saracino, MD, or request an appointment through the online booking system today.