In order for a colonoscopy to succeed, you must first do a little preparation. Colonoscopy prep requires a cleansing of the colon. The point is to remove anything that might block the doctor’s view of your intestine or that might confuse the results of the test (the presence of red liquid, for example, might be confused with blood).
Usually, your doctor will ask you to follow a strict colonoscopy diet—no solid foods and only clear liquids for one to two days before the procedure. She may also ask you to avoid all food and drink starting at midnight on the night before the exam. In addition to the diet, you may have to take a laxative or perform an enema in order to clear the large intestine of any obstructions.
Before the test, your medical team may give you a mild sedative and/or a painkiller. They will then ask you to put on a medical gown. You’ll lie on your side and pull your knees up to your stomach so they can begin the procedure.
After inserting the tube, he will inflate the intestine with air so he can get a better picture of the inside. At this point, most people feel some degree of cramping in their abdomen.
You may feel as if you need to make a bowel movement. Breathing deeply through your mouth can sometimes ease the discomfort by relaxing your muscles.
Anyone over the age of 50 should schedule a colonoscopy. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, or if you’ve ever had adenomas, you might want to go in for an exam earlier. People with inflammatory bowel disease might also want to ask their doctor about a colonoscopy. Typically, patients schedule a test every 10 years if everything looks normal. If the results are abnormal, ask your doctor when and how often to schedule the next procedure.
Undergoing a colonoscopy can be stressful. Between the preparation, the test, and the wait for the results, many patients experience both mental and physical discomfort. At Surgery Group LA, we know how trying a colonoscopy can be. Combining state-of-the-art medical facilities with compassionate, patient-centered care, we work hard to make every procedure as stress-free and painless as possible. Call us today to schedule a colonoscopy in Los Angeles.
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