What is a Colonoscopy?
Typically, a colonoscopy is recommended as a screening test for colorectal cancer, which is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Approximately 150,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed in the United States and 50,000 people die from the disease.
Colonoscopy may also be recommended by your doctor to evaluate for symptoms such as bleeding and chronic diarrhea.
What do I have to do to prepare for my colonoscopy?
To prepare for your colonoscopy, your gastroenterologist will inform you of what dietary restrictions are needed and what cleansing routine will be used.
In general, the preparation consists of limiting your diet to clear liquids and a special cleansing solution prior to the procedure.
Colonoscopy is well-tolerated and rarely causes much pain. You might feel pressure, bloating or cramping during the procedure. Typically, your doctor will give you a sedative or painkiller to help you relax and better tolerate any discomfort.
If you have been recommended for a colonoscopy or are in need of a colon cancer screening, you can trust the physicians at Gastrointestinal Specialists. We have three locations in the Philadelphia area that are local to you! Call today with any questions you may have or to schedule a consultation.
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