People often find that talking about intestinal issues can be a tad embarrassing to say the least. However, these matters are extremely important to your health and therefore despite your discomfort of talking about it, it is a necessity should you want to live a long and healthy life. Along these same lines, having a colonoscopy after the age of 50 is extremely important. So let’s talk a little more about the procedure as a whole.
What is a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is procedure in which a gastroenterologist will use a small tube to take a closer look at the lining of your large intestines in order to check for any growths, inflammation of bleeding that could be harmful to you.
Why are colonoscopies recommended?
Most often it is recommended that someone have a colonoscopy when they are experiencing symptoms associated with intestinal distress. These symptoms often include blood in the stool, chronic diarrhea or constipation or excessive abdominal pain. It is also recommended that people have a colonoscopy after their 50th birthday as this procedure is widely used to detect colorectal cancer or precancerous conditions that often occur later in life.
What can you expect to happen during a colonoscopy?
When you go into your gastroenterologist’s office to have your colonoscopy, the procedure as a whole should take between 30 minutes and one hour. You will first be administered medication through an IV in your arm so that you become relaxed. You will then lie on your side as the procedure will begin. While you are on the table, the thin instrument will be inserted into your rectum and slowly moved into your large intestine so that your doctor can look for any abnormalities or growths.
If you need to schedule your first colonoscopy, call the amazing team at West Gastroenterology Medical Group today! We will make you first experience one a fast and painless process.