What is a Colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is able to detect early problems that could lead to colon cancer. Colonoscopy is the preferred test to detect and treat colon cancer, while other screening tests can detect colon cancer with further follow up treatment required.
This procedure is nothing to feel embarrassed about. Before the procedure, your physician may give you a mild sedative to keep you comfortable so that you do not feel any pain. In some cases, a stronger sedative may be used so that you can be asleep during the procedure. Complications are rare with colonoscopy procedures. However, as with any medical procedure, it is important to be aware of potential complications no matter how small the risk. You should call your doctor immediately if you experience severe abdominal pain, a firm, bloated abdomen, vomiting, fever, or bleeding following a colonoscopy.
It is normal to be concerned about what will happen as you prepare for a colonoscopy.
Knowing what to expect beforehand can help you to adequately prepare for a colonoscopy. Proper preparation is important to help ensure that your doctor is able to view all areas of the colon to detect any abnormalities. Talk to your doctor before the test to learn more about how your procedure will be performed.