Colonoscopy


COLONOSCOPY

Why Have A Colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is the best screening method to prevent colon cancer. Colon Cancer is the # 2 cancer killer in the United States and often has no symptoms.

What Is A Colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a procedure where the doctor inserts a thin flexible tube (colonoscope) into your rectum and through the colon (large intestine) to examine the lining of the colon. The images picked up by the scope are put on a TV screen for the doctor to look for any problems. Sometimes colon tissue samples and/or polyps are removed to check for further concerns and to prevent colon cancer.

 

Is It Going To Hurt?

Most people have no discomfort. We offer two types of sedation: Conscious and Heavy Sedation. Both sedations work very quickly through an IV (intravenous) in your arm and both wear off very quickly.

Conscious/moderate sedation means that a medication is given through the catheter (tube) inserted into your vein. This medication may help you feel relaxed, sleepy and will lessen your discomfort. You may be able to respond to the staff and follow directions. You may not remember the procedure.

Heavy sedation means medication is given through a catheter (tube) inserted into your vein. An anesthesiologist will administer the medications. This medication will make you calm, ease your pain, and put you to sleep. You will not remember the procedure.

 

How Do I Feel After My Colonoscopy?

  • Most people have no discomfort.
  • Many people do not remember the procedure.
  • Some may have a little fullness in their abdomen for a short while.
  • Generally, you can eat and drink after your procedure.
  • You will learn the findings of your colonoscopy before you leave.
  • Feel free to ask questions at any time.

 

Planning For Your Procedure

Make sure that you have a ride and a driver to stay during your visit. An adult will have to drive you home — you should not drive for at least 12 hours after you receive sedation.

You should also have all the bowel preparations ready. Click here for more information about the bowel preparation prescribed by your doctor. Be sure to review the correct bowel preparation prescribed specifically for you.

 

Three Days Before Your Procedure

STOP all iron, NSAIDs- Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (Ibuprofen, Motrin, etc), and blood thinners (Coumadin, Plavix, Aggrenox, etc.). Tylenol is ok.

 

The Day Before Your Procedure

The day before the procedure varies depending on the bowel preparation you are using. Click here for more information about the bowel preparation prescribed by your doctor. Be sure to review the correct bowel preparation prescribed specifically for you.

 

Taking Your Bowel Prep

Click here for more instructions about the bowel preparation prescribed by your doctor. Be sure to review the correct bowel preparation prescribed specifically for you.

 

The Day Of Your Procedure

DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING UNTIL AFTER YOUR VISIT.

Please take only blood pressure, breathing, seizure, & thyroid medications this morning, and only with small sips of water.

Bring your Inhalers (puffers) with you to the procedure.

DIABETICS: DO NOT take your diabetic pills this morning, but please DO test your blood sugar.

Please arrive 5112 West Taft Rd., Suite E. Check with your doctor for the time you should arrive

  • Parking for patients is located on the North Medical Center side of our building.
  • Drivers need to stay in the waiting area until you are ready to go home.
  • You will need to bring photo ID, insurance cards, and list of your medications.
  • Please leave all valuables at home.

 

Please feel free to call us a (315) 452-3235 with any question or concerns.

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