Screening By Colonoscopy Prevents Colorectal Cancer
If cancer is discovered early enough, the success rate of a cure is much higher. A common procedure called a colonoscopy can tell you if you are cancer free. Waiting at a traditional hospital will likely add to the anxiety you are already feeling.
So, trust your colonoscopy with the gastroenterologists at Les Cours Medical Centre. We can schedule you promptly to give you information, and hopefully peace of mind.
What Is A Colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a test where a gastroenterologist (a doctor specialized in medicine of the intestines) looks into your colon (large intestine).
A colonoscope is a thin, flexible telescope that is passed through the anus and into the colon. It can be pushed all the way round the colon and can even be used to take a biopsy from the lining of your colon.
Do I Have To Prepare For A Colonoscopy?
The clinic will provide you with instructions and materials for your preparation for your test.
You will be instructed to restrict your diet a few days prior to your procedure. Your colon needs to be empty in order to be examined by the doctor. As such, you will have to consume laxatives the day before – most people consider this the most unpleasant aspect of the procedure.
If you have experienced any of the following:
- Bloody stool
- Pain in your abdomen
- Chronic diarrhea
- Acute change in your bowel movements
- Have a pre-disposed medical history of ulcerative colitis, colonic polyps or colon cancer
Then you may be a candidate for a colonoscopy.
After your colonoscopy, you will be able to rest in our well-appointed recovery room until the sedative has worn off and you feel comfortable enough to go home. You can resume daily activities soon thereafter.