At a certain age, you become at risk for issues like colon cancer and other gastrointestinal issues. The best way to catch these issues before they become a bigger problem is by getting a colonoscopy. Your gastrologist may recommend that you start getting colonoscopies after the age of 50 and it’s important to know what to expect during this procedure. Dr. Mordo Suchov and Dr. Alan Naim at Gastroenterology Associates of Southern California in Encino, CA, can explain what a colonoscopy is and when it may be needed.
What to Expect from a Colonoscopy
A colonoscopy is a procedure that lets your doctor in Encino, CA, examine the inside of your large intestine. This lets them keep an eye out for any signs of irregularities that could cause severe issues in the future. Colonoscopies are usually recommended as screening tests for colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths and with colonoscopies, your doctor will be able to catch signs earlier, hopefully making it easier to treat.
Your doctor may also recommend a colonoscopy if you’re dealing with bloody stools or chronic diarrhea.
Before your colonoscopy, you’ll have to prepare for the procedure. This usually consists of sticking to a diet of clear liquids the day before and drinking a special cleansing solution or oral laxatives. This helps keep your colon clear and makes it easier for your doctor to examine it.
During the procedure, your doctor will give you a sedative to keep you comfortable throughout the colonoscopy. You shouldn’t feel anything during the procedure, and it should be done before you even know it. If there’s anything abnormal, your doctor will perform a biopsy and send that out for testing.
After your colonoscopy, you’ll be monitored as the sedatives wear off and you become more coherent. You might experience bloating or cramping that will go away after passing gas.
Contact Your Gastroenterologist Today!
Ask your doctor if it’s time for you to schedule a colonoscopy. Contact Dr. Mordo Suchov and Dr. Alan Naim at Gastroenterology Associates of Southern California in Encino, CA, to learn more about how a colonoscopy can save your life. Call for more information today at (818) 905-1567.