“Colonoscopy” is often associated with discomfort and embarrassment. However, this is not the case at all. Colonoscopies are not only crucial for early diagnosis of colon cancer, they are very comfortable procedures that patients do not have to be nervous about.
A colonoscopy is performed with the patient being unconscious. You will not know what is going on during the procedure and by the time you wake up, it will be over. It is performed using a tool that helps the doctor see inside the colon via the rectum. Any diagnoses and biopsy collections can be done at the time of the colonoscopy. The procedure will only take a few hours of your day (including prep time) and doesn’t require extensive time off work.
The importance of a colonoscopy cannot be overstated. It is a critical test that helps save millions of lives from colon cancer, a disease that often comes with no symptoms until it has progressed significantly and become very difficult to treat effectively.
Prepping for a colonoscopy can help calm your nerves and ensure your procedure goes well. Here are things you can do to prep for your colonoscopy:
Strict Liquid Diet
A few days before your test, your doctor will instruct you to refrain from eating. You will be asked to go on a strict diet that consists of clear liquids such as apple juice, tea, and water. You should completely avoid foods and drinks – especially ones with dyes.
Emptying Your Colon
Prepping for a colonoscopy involves taking a liquid medication or laxatives to purge your bowels of content before the colonoscopy. You may experience diarrhea at this point, which is normal. Ultimately, your colon should to be empty before the procedure. If not, the procedure can take longer and can result in missed polyps or lesions. Your doctor will give you medication with detailed instructions on how to take it. Make sure to follow the instructions and call your doctor’s office if you experience any issues.
Your doctor will instruct you to not eat or drink anything beginning the night before your colonoscopy. Make sure to follow this order. It will help make sure your test is successful and without complications. If you take medications, talk to your doctor beforehand. You may be asked to stop certain medications leading up to your colonoscopy.
High-Quality Colonoscopy Services in Carlisle, Pennsylvania
If you schedule a colonoscopy procedure at Carlisle Digestive Disease Associates, you have nothing to worry about. Our gentle, caring, and compassionate board-certified gastroenterologists will discuss the colonoscopy procedure with you, so you know what to expect from it. We also make sure that you get clear and detailed instructions on prepping for a colonoscopy. Feel free to ask us as many questions as you like prior to your procedure.
Our colonoscopies are carried out in our cutting-edge endoscopy center, where we perform a variety of highly-advanced endoscopic procedures.
To schedule a consultation with us, call Carlisle Digestive Disease Associates at (717) 245-2228 or request an appointment now. We are committed to providing you the highest quality medical care in our facility.