Harbor Beach Community Hospital – Now Offering Colonoscopies with Less Discomfort

Colonoscopies are lifesaving screenings used to detect colorectal cancer. As the third most common type of cancer, colorectal cancer should not be taken lightly. Unfortunately, many people put off colonoscopies due to the anticipated discomfort.

With support from the Huron County Community Foundation, Harbor Beach Community Hospital purchased a Carbon Dioxide Insufflator to enhance patient’s colonoscopy experience. Traditionally, room air is utilized during colonoscopies to distend the intestines and allow the surgeon adequate visualization and safe advancement of the scope. Latest research indicates that by utilizing carbon dioxide instead of air, patients experience significantly less post-procedural discomfort and complications. Carbon dioxide is absorbed by the body faster than room air and considered a safer and better alternative. Thanks to the Carbon Dioxide Insufflator, Harbor Beach Community Hospital patients will experience less gas, bloating, and cramping after their colonoscopy.

At this time, Harbor Beach Community Hospital is the only provider in Huron County to offer this procedural advancement. If you are 50 years old or older, or have risk factors for colorectal cancer, make an appointment with your primary care provider to discuss scheduling a colonoscopy. Dr. Forrest Robart, General Surgeon, performs colonoscopies and various other procedures at Harbor Beach Community Hospital on a regular basis.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Robart please contact the Harbor Beach Hospital Specialty Clinic at (989)479-5024.