Reasons to Have a Colonoscopy

The procedure is a visual examination of the colon (also known as the large intestine) using a lighted, flexible video endoscope that navigates the bends and turns in the colon. The colon is 5 to 6 feet in length. 

Reasons to perform a colonoscopy are:
  • Bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Anemia
  • Colitis
  • Abnormal CAT scans
  • Patient history of polyps
It is recommended that one should have his or her first screening at age 50 – sooner if there’s a family history of colon cancer. 

Colonoscopy Preparation

In order for the doctor to see your colon clearly, you need to do a bowel prep and follow a clear liquid diet only on the day before the procedure. We will prescribe a specific bowel prep and laxative as well as give you instructions that need to be followed. You’ll get the prescription and associated instructions when your procedure is scheduled. If you misplace the instructions, contact our office for another copy.

To prepare for the colonoscopy, here are some helpful tips:
  • Leave all jewelry and valuables at home
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing
  • Iron supplements should not be taken for 7 days prior to the colonoscopy procedure 
  • While Tylenol and aspirin usage are ok, inform the staff for additional instructions if you take anti-inflammatory or anticoagulant / antiplatelet medications
  • Mobic, Celebrex, and arthritis medications should not be taken for 7 days prior to the procedure
  • Coumadin (warfarin), Xarelto (rivaroxaban), and Eliquis (apixaban) should not be taken for 3 days prior to your procedure 
  • If you are taking Plavix or any other anticoagulant / antiplatelet medication, be sure to discuss the use of these medications with the doctor or office staff prior to your procedure 
  • If you are a diabetic who takes insulin, follow the instructions provided by our office and test your blood sugar before coming to the center 
  • A responsible adult must be present throughout your appointment and drive you home after the procedure
Our professional staff will attempt to call you at least 2 or 3 business days before the procedure. This should take no more than 10 to 15 minutes. 

With this in mind, have the following information available for the call:
  • Medical information detailing your health history, including surgeries
  • Complete list of medications and dosages you currently take, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and natural or organic supplements
  • List of allergies
It’s very important that we have this information prior to the day of your procedure. If you don’t hear from us, call 662-284-9902

If you are unable to keep your colonoscopy appointment, notify the office at least 48 hours in advance to reschedule so that other patients may use this opening. If we can’t reach you to confirm the appointment, we will give your time slot to another patient.
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Dr. Corder is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology.

Visit Us at:
Magnolia Gastroenterology Clinic, LLC & Magnolia Endoscopy Center, LLC
3050 Corder Drive
Corinth, MS 38834

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