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Who needs Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy an exam which is performed to detect changes or abnormalities in the large intestine (colon) and rectum. During a colonoscopy, a long, flexible tube called a colonoscope is inserted into the rectum and advanced to the other end of the large intestine. The colonoscope has a camera and a source of light at its tip which allows the doctor to view the inside of the entire colon. Your doctor may recommend a colonoscopy to:

  • Investigate intestinal signs and symptoms
  • Screen for colon cancer.
  • Look for more polyps

Colonoscopy has relatively few risks, delivers detailed images and is the best method available to detect, diagnose, and treat abnormalities within the colon. It is not painful and ha a very short recovery time.

Colonoscopy Benefits

Colonoscopy is extremely useful can in diagnosing digestive disorders and conditions. It may be done for a variety of reasons:

  • Colonoscopies help in detecting colon cancer. It is the most effective means of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for colon cancer. No other colon cancer screening is as thorough and comprehensive as colonoscopy.

  • During a colonoscopy, polyps can be removed. Mostly, colon cancer develops from polyps, fleshy tumors that begin as benign but have the potential to become cancerous if allowed to grow. In colonoscopy, your doctor can remove suspicious polyps so that they can never become cancer.

  • Colonoscopies can diagnose colitis which is chronic inflammation of the colon. If inflammation is seen in certain areas of your colon, your doctor will begin treatment immediately.

  • Colonoscopies can detect bleeding lesions which can be present in different areas of the colon. A colonoscopy examines the colon from the rectum all the way to the cecum and thus your doctor will be able to see the lesions during the exam.

  • Colonoscopy is the best procedure to diagnose the cause of abdominal pain. Symptoms like anemia, weight loss, abdominal pain, or cramping could arise from many different causes. A colonoscopy can help in determining whether the symptoms you are experiencing are related to colon disease or not.

Colonoscopy Recovery

After the colonoscopy, your doctor will review the results of the colonoscopy and share the findings with you. Patients will be kept in an observation area for an hour or two post-colonoscopy until the effects of medications wear off. The incidence of any complications in colonoscopy is less than 1%. You may feel some cramping or a sensation of having gas after it, but this usually passes quickly and you can resume your normal diet.
In some cases, the doctor will recommend you to avoid running, lifting anything heavy, avoiding unnecessary travel, stop taking blood thinners. In short, be careful before treating your body harshly.

The Required After Care:

  • Rest whenever you feel tired.
  • You can continue with normal activities as soon as you feel okay.
  • Strictly follow the diet plan your doctor has suggested. 
  • Drink a lot of liquids as it helps your colon. Do not take fluids if your doctor has suggested not to take them.
  • Do not drink alcohol

Colonoscopy Cost In Pakistan

Colonoscopy cost in Pakistan ranges from PKR 10,000 to PKR 25,000. It varies depending upon various factors such as the doctor who is doing to do the procedure and hospital/equipment expenditure.