You've probably seen the television ads for colon screening. Maybe you've talked to friends about colonoscopies. If getting a colonoscopy is something you are considering, you probably have questions. Dr. Glenn Madokoro can be your colonoscopy expert in Newport Beach, CA.
What is a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a procedure during which your doctor uses a camera instrument called a colonoscope to see direct imaging of your entire colon, and perform a thorough exam. The procedure allows the doctor to see any irregularities in your colon, and serves as a colon cancer screening. Colonoscopies are a proven method for early detection and treatment of colon cancer.
When should I get a colonoscopy?
The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) recommends that both men and women start scheduling colonoscopies at age 50. For people of African descent, age 45 is recommended for your first colonoscopy.
If you have a parent or sibling who has been diagnosed with colon cancer, you should get your first screening 10 years earlier than their age at diagnosis, or at age 40 - whichever is younger.
Is a colonoscopy painful?
Typically colonoscopies do not cause pain. Patients are sedated during the procedure, and shouldn't feel anything while the colonoscope is checking out your colon.
What is colonoscopy preparation like?
You may have heard rumors about what the preparation is like for a colonoscopy procedure. It is important for your colon to be clean so your doctor is able to identify any irregularities that may exist.
Most doctors will prescribe a large amount of liquid called polyethylene glycol (PEG) that causes several hours of diarrhea and clears the colon. Your doctor in Newport Beach may also prescribe oral laxatives to help with this process. There are other methods of preparation as well. You will work directly with your doctor to determine which method will work best for you personally.
Schedule your Newport Beach colonoscopy today!
If you are ready to schedule your colonoscopy or meet with Dr. Madokoro for a consult, call us today at (949) 548-8800.