Everything you Never Wanted to Know About Getting a Colonoscopy
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and although most people dread the thought of getting a colonoscopy, it’s an excellent time to talk about it.
At Community Clinic, we want to make sure that our patients are as comfortable as possible leading up to their procedures. That’s why we’re sharing everything you need to know about getting a colonoscopy – from the prep work to the actual procedure itself. We hope that by providing this information, we can help ease any anxiety or stress you may be feeling about the procedure.
When to get a colonoscopy
Until recently, the recommended age at which a person should undergo a colonoscopy was accepted to be 50. However, the age has recently been modified to 45 to catch any potential problem in its earliest phase. As with most illnesses, the earlier colon cancer is detected, the more treatable it is.
Prepping for the procedure
You may have heard some horror stories about the process of preparing for a colonoscopy, but we can set the record straight for you.
The day before your colonoscopy is an important one because it prepares your body for the actual procedure the next day. For the colonoscopy to be performed, your body must be cleansed of all material that has been digested.
This means you will need to consume a purgative (liquid laxative), as recommended by your doctor. And, yes, this may result in you making numerous trips to the bathroom. It is possible the day prior to your colonoscopy may be uncomfortable, but rest assured it is necessary to clean out your body so your doctor can interpret results accurately.
What to expect during the procedure
On the day of the procedure, you will need to have someone escort you to the procedure who can drive you home afterward, since you may be a little groggy.
You’ll be wheeled into the procedure room, and a nursing assistant will connect you to an IV. Someone may start talking to you – but in just a few seconds, you’ll be completely asleep. The next thing you know, the procedure will be over.
It’s true – you literally will not be aware of anything that happens during the colonoscopy itself. Your doctor will tell you what was found, and that will usually be the end of the procedure.
You may be a little groggy, but that’s why you were required to bring someone with you to the procedure. That person will drive you home, and you can start feeling good about the fact that you are being proactive in taking care of your health.
Your Community Care Guide
This is just a small taste of what Community Clinic can offer you in terms of health information and services. If you’re looking for more information on colon cancer, or any other health concern, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We have experts on staff who are more than happy to help you, whether it’s through providing resources or setting up an appointment for a colonoscopy.
March may be Colon Cancer Awareness Month, but our commitment to your health doesn’t end there. Thanks for reading!
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