Colonoscopies are important to have to help detect colon cancer and polyps inside the colon whether symptoms are present or not. By the age of 50 screening for colon cancer should begin, but if colon cancer runs in the family it is best to get screened at an earlier age. However, many people are terrified or embarrassed to have a colonoscopy done because of lack of understand how it is preformed, or are simply afraid of polyps being found. Not all polyps found in the colon are cancerous so keep that in mind when one or more is found in the colon by the doctor.
Colonoscopies are simple procedures that allow the doctor to see deep inside the rectum and colon for any polyps, ulcers and inflammations. Before a colonoscopy is done the doctor usually provides instructions to help completely empty the bowels so it is easier to examine the colon and rectum. Usually the doctor will instruct you to simply drink liquids like broths, fruit juices, teas, coffees and aloe juices for a day instead of eating solid food to help flush out the colon and rectum of any stools. The doctor may even ask you do use laxatives along with the liquids to help get waste moving out of the body easier and faster. After the 24 hours of drinking liquids and taking laxatives it is time for the colonoscopy procedure.
The first part of the colonoscopy procedures requires you to remove all clothing and put on a gown. After you will need to lie on an examination table on the left side of the body. Next a sedative will be giving to help you relax during the procedure. Once the sedative begins working the doctor will insert a long flexible tube with a light inside to help view and examine the colon for any cancerous and non cancerous growths. Then after the doctor has fully examined the colon and rectum the tube will be removed and you can get clothed again. However, you will not be able to drive home alone after the examine due to the sedatives so it is best to have someone with you at the appointment to take you home.
Now if colon polyps, ulcers and inflammation are found during the colonoscopy the doctor will tell you and set another appointment up to remove the polyps and run more test. If cancer is found there are several treatments to help remove the cancer from the colon and save your life