While you may already realize how important colonoscopies are to the detection and prevention of colorectal cancer, you might still be putting this all-too-important screening off due to the inconvenience of the prep and procedure itself.
Fortunately, modern colonoscopies are designed to keep your comfort in mind as you go through a process that is generally uncomfortable in nature.
Ven Kottapalli, MD, CNSP, and our team at GI Physicians, Inc. in Lima, Ohio, offer colonoscopies to our patients. We want you to understand how colonoscopies work in this day and age so you can see that it might not be as bad as you think.
Advances in colonoscopy prep
The only thing more scary than an actual colonoscopy is all the preparation you have to do beforehand. Since your colon has to be clear for a successful colonoscopy, you have to follow a strict diet a few days before your procedure, along with taking a special medication.
While you do still need to cut out fiber and drink plenty of clear liquids to properly flush out your colon about two days before your colonoscopy, the medication is now much more convenient to take.
Many years ago, you would have to consume a whole gallon of medication in one sitting. And it didn’t taste great. Today, you only take three liters (or less) in two separate doses, and it should be much more palatable.
Changes in sedation options
Having a colonoscopy where you can feel everything and remember it all might seem terrifying. Thankfully, there are plenty of sedation options so you can go into the procedure feeling comfortable, calm, and relaxed.
With sedation, you shouldn’t experience any pain from your colonoscopy. Afterward, you’ll most likely feel pretty groggy and may not even remember the procedure at all.
While this does mean you need a friend or family member to drive you home afterward, it guarantees you’ll be comfortable while your provider examines your colon and removes any tissue that needs further testing.
If you’re still feeling hesitant about any step of your colonoscopy and would like more information, feel free to reach out to our team with any questions that you have. If you’re ready to schedule a colonoscopy, you can set up an appointment by giving us a call or scheduling online today.