At Northwest Family we take your colon health very seriously. 

We have four experienced physicians who have performed more than 6,000 colonoscopies since 2010. We are proud to offer colonoscopies at each of our 3 clinics.

Dr. Chris Stuart

Rogers Clinic
Crystal Clinic

Dr. Greg Frane

Rogers Clinic

Dr. Jonathan Tallman

Crystal Clinic

Dr. Joel Sagedahl

Plymouth Clinic

Why get a Colonoscopy?

Colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the United States. It's expected to cause about 52,580 deaths during 2022. According to the American Cancer Society, the overall lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 23 (4.3%) for men and 1 in 25 (4.0%) for women. 

Many factors affect your risk for developing colorectal cancer such as family history, smoking, being overweight, poor diet, lack of exercise, IBD, and age. The death rate from colorectal cancer has been dropping in both men and women for several decades. One reason is that colorectal polyps are now being found and removed more often by screening colonoscopies. Cancers are also being found earlier when they are easier to treat, thanks to screening colonoscopies.  Screening typically starts at age 45 but may be earlier based on your family history.

The Colonoscopy procedure is an extremely effective tool in the prevention and early detection of colon cancer. Many lives are saved if precancerous growths (polyps) are discovered before they become cancerous. If colon cancer is detected, earlier is better. Early detection of colon cancer greatly increases the chances for successful treatment.  

If you are 45 years of age or older or have a family history of colon cancer, talk with your provider about scheduling this important screening procedure. We offer screening colonoscopies at each of our three clinics.

Ask your physician today if you are due for your next colonoscopy.

Prepping for your Colonoscopy

You will need to do a bowel preparation to clean out and empty your colon before your procedure. This is done by taking a combination of laxative and stool softening medications that are in a solution that you drink and in pill form. These medications cause you to have several bowel movements to clear your colon. It's very important that your colon is empty before your colonoscopy. If there's stool (poop) inside your colon, your doctor may not be able to see polyps or other problems inside your colon, and you may have poor results or need to repeat the procedure.

Download our Colonoscopy preparation form

Your Colonoscopy: What to expect on Procedure Day

During your colonoscopy procedure, we gently insert a flexible camera scope in your rectum to examine the entire colon. The camera projects to a TV monitor that we watch throughout the procedure. We look for cancer, pre-cancerous polyps, and any other abnormalities. We can remove the polyps during the procedure and send them to a laboratory for examination. Based on the pathology results, we determine the next best step and when your next colonoscopy should be.  You will need someone to drive you to and from your colonoscopy appointment because you will be given medications that make you sleepy and comfortable during the procedure.

Patient Testimonials


“I had an appointment for a colonoscopy. It went very well. Dr. Sagedahl and his assistant Ally conducted the procedure. There was no waiting and no discomfort. I was out in less than an hour. The prep instructions were also very understandable and helped make the procedure go so smoothly. I have really appreciated my association with NW Family Clinics in Plymouth over the years.”
Thomas M.
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“I had a minor [colonoscopy] procedure done by Dr. Sagedahl assisted by Ally and they were both very reassuring and warm in explaining everything and made me feel "cared for". Their "bed side manner" was very much appreciated!”
Eli M.
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“I had a colonoscopy at Northwest Family Clinics. I would highly recommend the nurse, Pam, and the Doctor, Christ Stuart. Pam was wonderful and took very good care of me. she talked and calmed me down and explained everything she did. Dr. Stuart was personable too. I've had several colonoscopies and this one was the least painful. Considering it was a colonoscopy, it was a great experience.”
Sally N.
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“The RN Pam made me very comfortable before the procedure. She explained what was going to happen during the procedure. Dr. Stuart was very professional, and I felt very relaxed with him doing the procedure. I would recommend Northwest Family Clinics to anyone looking for a family practice, for all their medical needs.”
Brian S.
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“I have been going to Northwest Family Clinics for over 10 years with Dr Joel Sagedahl as my primary care physician. He is a true medical professional with a great bed-side manner and a commonsense approach. I highly recommend him and if you at the age for Colonoscopies, well, he and his staff make them very tolerable!”
Jim P.
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“I was very happy with Dr. Frane and nurse Pam. My [colonoscopy] procedure was very stressful for me, and they couldn’t have been more helpful or professional. They explained everything until I understood it, and I would highly recommend them to anyone that needs any medical procedures or advice. Thank you so much.”
Jeff O.
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“(I'm posting for my father Jeff) He said his colonoscopy today went exceptionally well thanks to the assisting Nurse Pam and Dr. Frane. Pam kept me calm and comfortable during the entire procedure. I highly recommend both of them and NW Family physician clinics. They both did a great job!”
Austin S.
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