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