Lakeview Health System

A colonoscopy (koh-luh-NAH-skuh-pee) allows a doctor to look inside the entire large intestine. The procedure enables the physician to see things such as inflamed tissue, abnormal growths, and ulcers. It is most often used to look for early signs of cancer in the colon and rectum. It is also used to look for causes of unexplained changes in bowel habits and to evaluate symptoms like abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, and weight loss.

Do I need this procedure? 

Indications for a colonoscopy include:
  • As a screening exam for anyone over the age of 50
  • Blood in the stool or rectal bleeding
  • Changes in bowel habits such as chronic long-lasting diarrhea
  • Iron deficiency anemia (a decrease in blood count)
  • Family history of colon cancer
  • History of previous colon polyps or colon cancer
  • Chronic, unexplained abdominal pain
  • Significant, unexplained weight loss with symptoms of diarrhea, abdominal pain and nausea.

Learn more about a Colonoscopy.

Scheduling a colonoscopy

A referral is needed before your colonoscopy can be scheduled.

  • If you are a Stillwater Medical Group patient, please contact your provider at Stillwater Medical Group at 651-439-1234 for a referral. 
  • If you are not a Stillwater Medical Group patient, please contact your physician's office for a referral.
  • Colonoscopies are scheduled at Lakeview Hospital as an outpatient procedure. The Lakeview Hospital Endoscopy Department  staff will contact you to schedule your procedure when the referral is received.
  • Canceling or rescheduling a colonoscopy - If you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment please call the Lakeview Hospital Endoscopy Department at (651) 430-8701 as soon as possible.

Preparing for a Colonoscopy