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Do I Need A Ride Home From Getting A Colonoscopy
50 years old, unless: Regardless of gender, people without high risk factors are advised to begin screening colonoscopy at age 50, repeating at 10 year intervals if nothing is found. Those with high risk factors such as first degree family history of colorectal cancer or polyps should begin at age 40. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not usually!: Most physicians/surgeons perform a colonoscopic exam under sedation, either with Propofol or versed/fentanyl, and you are sedated to the point of not feeling pain, or at least forgetting about it! get your scope done asap, it's really simple, and is the single best screening test for colon cancer... ...Read more
No: None of the screening tests for serum tumor markers or fecal occult blood are that accurate. At least with colonoscopy every few years there is direct visualization of the bowel to define the absence or presence of a tumor or polypoid lesion. A new diagnostic fecal tumor protein test is being developed that will define the amt. of tumor protein or not present and if neg. the bowel is neg. ...Read more
Depends: On your doctor. Gastroenterologists are usually booked for several weeks to months. Colorectal surgeons can often get you in sooner. Call around after getting names from your primary care doctor or friends who have had one. ...Read more
Bowel Prep: The bowel prep is usually the most uncomfortable part of the procedure. You will drink a fluid (a lot of it) that will try to clear out your intestines. The day of the procedure you will be put to sleep with sedatives or propofol. You will basically sleep through the whole procedure. ...Read more
Relax: You should be sedated, so enjoy a great nap. Ypu may feel gassy after the procedure. Enjoy your post procedure meal! ...Read more
Gastroenterologist: Gastroenterologists do colonoscopies as do some surgeons. Check yellow pages, local medical society or american college of gastroenterology, american gastroenterological association or american society of gastrointestinal endoscopists for someone qualified in your area. ...Read more
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