What to Expect When Getting a Colonoscopy

With colorectal cancer as the fourth most common cancer in the U.S., prevention and early detection are essential. The best way to get screened for colorectal cancer is through a colonoscopy. At Wyoming Surgical Associates, we understand colorectal conditions can feel taboo to talk about, however our surgeons strive to keep our patients comfortable and confident in their care during all procedures.

Wondering what can you expect for your colonoscopy appointment?


We’ve laid out common questions from patients receiving colorectal cancer care with Wyoming Surgical Associates.

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a common procedure to prevent colorectal cancer by detecting polyps (small bumps) in your colon. A colonoscopy involves the endoscopic examination of the large bowel and the distal portion of the small bowel. The procedure is performed using either a CCD camera or a fiber optic camera, which is mounted on a flexible tube and passed through the colon.

When should I start screening for colorectal cancer?

Regular screenings should begin at 45 years old. If you have a higher risk, a previous colonoscopy that resulted in polyp removal, a prior family history of colorectal cancer, or other certain colon conditions, it may require a colonoscopy earlier than age 45.

How should I prepare for my colonoscopy?

Preparation the day prior to a colonoscopy is often seen as the most uncomfortable or challenging part of the colonoscopy process, but our team is here to walk you through every step of the preparation. The day prior to your procedure will require a full day of no solid foods, a clear, liquid diet, and a bowel prep (liquid or medication) that cleans the stool out of your colon. These options are discussed in depth with a WSA nurse practitioner at your pre-op appointment to determine the best option for you.

Where will I have my procedure?

Our surgeons perform colonoscopies at several locations including Casper Surgical Center, Wyoming Medical Center Banner Health, and Summit Medical Center.

What does the day of the procedure look like?

You’ll arrive 1-2 hours early at your chosen location for the procedure. From there, you will get started on an IV, meet with the anesthesiologist, and go over any final questions with your doctor. After these steps, you’ll be sedated for the doctor to perform the colonoscopy. Post-operation includes waking up in the recovery room, possibly eating a little food, followed by leaving with your driver who brought you to your procedure and waited to take you home.

What is the recovery time for a colonoscopy?

Colonoscopies are same-day procedures with a quick recovery time. You may immediately resume your normal diet, though you must wait 24 hours to drive because you received anesthesia. Most patients are back to normal activities the day after the procedure.

Knowing what to expect when you step through our doors for your colonoscopy appointment will help create a more comfortable experience. Our colorectal surgeons ensure patients always receive the exceptional care they deserve in a safe and compassionate environment.

Have questions about your individual risk for colorectal cancer or if a colonoscopy is appropriate for you? Call our office at (307) 577-4220. Wyoming Surgical Associates is your Casper Colonoscopy