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Colonoscopy

Once the colonoscope is introduced, small amounts of air help the physician see the interior thoroughly, and pictures and videos are taken. It is suggested to have a cancer checkup after 40 years of age once every five years if you have a family history of colon cancer, it can be after 30, an early diagnosis is vital. 

It is suggested if you have the following symptoms:

  • When there is bleeding
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea 

At Costamed, we have a special endoscopy room where these procedures take place.

Preparation

  • The day before the colonoscopy procedure, please follow the instructions 
  • Take the indicated medication to cleanse your colon. 
  • The day before the colonoscopy, you will only drink water, fruit juice, and tea. Eat only Jell-O. If you must eat something, it can be fruit. 
  • Fasting needs to be followed for 22 hours before the study. 
  • Stop drinking all supplements such as Metamucil, Citrucel, or Fiberall. 
  • Five days before the test, limit the fiber in your diet. 
  • Do not eat nuts, seeds, or popcorn until after your procedure. 

Tell your doctor if

  • You have diabetes
  • Tell your doctor about previous surgeries, health issues, and allergies. 
  • If you are pregnant or could be pregnant. 
  • Ask your doctor if you should take your current medication in the morning of your procedure. If so, only take with a sip of water. 
  • Tell your doctor if you take any antiinflamatories like aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib, anticoagulants like warfarin, clopidogrel, or iron tablets. 

Procedure

  • Be on time for your procedure.
  • A family member or another adult should come with you to take you home after the procedure. 
  • Wear comfortable clothes; a hospital robe will be provided. 
  • Plan to stay 2 to 3 hours for the exam and to give you time to recover after the test. 
  • The test lasts 30 to 45 minutes. 
  • You will leave on the same day.
  • An IV (intravenous) tube will be put into a vein in your arm with medication to make you relaxed and drowsy, and you won't feel a thing.
  • You will lie on your left side, and the doctor may ask that you pull your knees to your chest. The endoscope will glide softly into the rectum and colon. You may feel the need to defecate, breathe deep, and relax. Small quantities of air may be expelled into your colon through the endoscope. 
  • After your physician has made a thorough checkup of your colon, the endoscope is removed carefully. 

After the procedure

  • The medication administered during the procedure will make you sleepy. You will need to have a family member or adult friend to take you home. 
  • It is not safe to drive after your test, do not make important decisions or sign anything legal for 24 hours. 
  • You will remain in recovery until most of the side effects have passed. You may have gas afterward because of the small amounts of air that were introduced during the test. 
  • You can go back to your regular diet after the test.
  • If a polyp is removed, your physician may give you a special diet afterward. 
  • You may experience a small amount of bleeding through the rectum; this is normal. 

Call immediately if

  • There is severe pain.
  • A fever of more than 100.5° F o 38° C.
  • There is a lot of bleeding in the rectum. 
  • Your abdomen is big or hard. 

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