Why do I need a colonoscopy? A colonoscopy is a screening exams used to look for colorectal cancer (commonly referred to as colon cancer). They’re also used to look for polyps before they become cancer.
Why was I told I need a colonoscopy? A colonoscopy is performed by NYC gastroenterologists to diagnose or treat a number of conditions of the colon, including constipation, rectal bleeding, or a positive fecal occult blood test (FOBT). It is also indicated in those with a family history of colorectal cancer, or previous polyps.
Will I receive sedation for the colonoscopy? You will receive sedation for the exam, which means that an intravenous line is placed and medications are given intravenously. This is not general anesthesia, although almost all patients are comfortable during the procedure. Because of the sedation, you will need a driver to take you home.
Do I have to take laxatives before my colonoscopy? Yes. Colonoscopy requires a clean bowel ( a bowel prep) to allow optimal views of the inside of the colon. You will be told which laxative to take and it is required 24 hours prior to your colonoscopy to encourage the bowel to empty its contents in entirety. Preparation instructions are individualized to ensure an adequate preparation.
How many days do I need to take off work? You will need to take off work the day of the procedure. Some patients who work evenings also take off work the day before the procedure to do the bowel prep.
Who should be screened and when? The American Cancer Society recommends that adults be screened for colon cancer beginning at age 50 – or even earlier if there is a family history of the disease and in certain ethnic groups.
How long does a colonoscopy take? How long will it take for me to recover? The procedure itself usually takes from 30 to 60 minutes, but you should plan on spending around 2 hours total to account for preparation, waiting and recovery time.
Do I need to fast before the colonoscopy? Yes you should fast (no liquids or solids) 6 hours prior to your procedure. If a morning procedure, then fast (no liquids or solids) from midnight the day before,and if an afternoon procedure fast (no liquids or solids) from 7am.
What exactly do I need to do before my Colonoscopy?
- You will take a laxative the evening prior to your scheduled colonoscopy.
- Fast (no liquid) for 6 hours prior to your planned procedure
- Present to NYC gastroenterologists’ office ½ hour before your planned procedure.
- Only have clear fluids for at least 24 hours prior to you colonoscopy.
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