Colonoscopy: 15 Things You Should Know (Part 1)

When people turn 50, it’s normal and advised to go to the doctor’s and get a colonoscopy. It’s a relatively minor procedure that everyone should do. Here are some facts about it that most people should know. Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

Number Fifteen: African-Americans Need to Do it Sooner

Colonoscopy is the procedure which doctors use to test of a patient may have colon cancer, and since African Americans are more likely to get said disease, it’s important for them to have the procedure done sooner. The recommended age for African Americans to have a colonoscopy is 45.

Number Fourteen: It Saves Lives

A colonoscopy can truly be a lifesaver since it can detect any abnormalities way before they can become life threatening. Colon cancer becomes amazingly easy to prevent, especially with the aid of colonoscopy.

Number Thirteen: They’re Not Always Performed by Gastroenterologists

For the most part, colonoscopies are performed by gastroenterologists, but sometimes, they’re done by rectal and/or colon surgeons. Statistics have suggested that these people do these things when there might be more severe colon cases.

Number Twelve: You Can Request a Certain Laxative for Prep

A colonoscopy requires a person to prep their bodies for the surgery, which often includes having a clear liquid for two days and drinking laxatives. When the doctor gives the laxatives, they’ll usually prescribe one kind, but clients can ask for another kind as well if it better suits their preferences, which is something that many people don’t know.

Number Eleven: It Doesn’t Take a Long Time

Going in to have a medical procedure can always sound like it’s a big deal, but a colonoscopy isn’t one at all. In fact, the whole thing takes less than an hour to complete, which, considering the fact that the doctors are looking inside one’s colon, is amazing.

Number Ten: You Can Get a Colonoscopy Via X-Ray

Although most procedures are done through a camera and flexible probe, people can also get a colonoscopy via an X-Ray as well. You have to inquire about it, however, because not everyone can be a candidate for it.

Number Nine: Polyps Can Be Removed Without Making Any Incisions

Polyps are sometimes found during the procedure and can be easily removed. Since many things can only be removed while under the knife, it’s pretty fascinating to learn that one doesn’t need to for this  type of removal. There’s so much more to learn about colonoscopies. Stay tuned for the next part of the article, which is coming soon!