Colonoscopy: 15 Things You Should Know (Part 2)

The colonoscopy is one of the simplest procedures in the world, but it saves lives every day by detecting things which may become cancerous in time. Here are more facts about the procedure that everyone should know.

Number Eight: The Inner Lining Has to be Checked First

When doctors perform a colonoscopy, it’s most prudent for them to check the inner lining of the colon first. This is because cancerous cells tend to grow there.

Number Seven: If You Bleed, Get a Colonoscopy

When someone bleeds out of the anus, it may be a sign of colon cancer. Still, it may not be too late to get the procedure and get rid of the cancerous cells. On average, colon cancer takes around 10 years at least to develop.

Number Six: It’s Usually Safe

The colonoscopy is a usually safe procedure, but there still are risks. Sometimes, however, a client’s colon may become perforated, after which they will need to be rushed to the emergency room.

Number Five: In Some Places, You Need to Do a Fecal Test

In some regions of the world, a colonoscopy cannot just be performed. First, the individual has to go through a fecal test. If doctors find symptoms of possible cancers, then they would do a colonoscopy.

Number Four: If You Have Office Visits, It Can Add Up

Doctors may suggest to a client that they should attend office visits to discuss the colonoscopy at hand, which is a good thing, but they’ve been proven to add up, monetarily speaking. Office visits can add a good 40 dollars or more for each colonoscopy procedure.

Number Three: Stay Near The Bathroom

Up to the time when one has their colonoscopy, it’s important to stay near the bathroom as much as possible. This is because, due to the laxatives and liquid diets, there’s a lot of excreting involved.

Number Two: Eat Lightly Beforehand

Most people don’t consider the prep for undergoing a colonoscopy to be a lot of fun, but there are ways to improve the situation. Eating less at first will ensure that less food will need to be purged later during the laxative stage.

Number One: You Don’t Have to Be Sedated

Even though the procedure is usually done when the patient is sedated, it isn’t necessary. This is quite important to know for those who may be allergic to the drugs so that they can request to have the procedure done without the sedative drugs. Thanks for reading!