Colorectal cancer can be dangerous if not treated in time, and the fact that there are often no outward symptoms until the condition is far advanced can certainly complicate matters. But a screening colonoscopy can help your doctor treat any signs of cancer and treat them as early as possible. You can learn more about the benefits of a screening colonoscopy by reaching out directly to your local Newport Beach, CA, gastroenterologist, Dr. Glenn Madokoro.
Day of the Procedure
A colonoscopy, from the patient's perspective, isn't that much different from other medical procedures and screenings.
You have to make sure you have transportation as you'll not be able to drive yourself after the treatment due to the anesthesia administered prior to the procedure. You'll be observed until it wears off and then released. The entire colonoscopy takes only about half an hour, and you'll experience little to no discomfort throughout.
It's in the prep work prior to the colonoscopy where most patients experience the most discomfort, but it's nothing extreme. It's very important that you follow a very specific diet so that the colonoscopy can be successfully performed. The diet begins just a few days before the appointment, and then you switch to only soft foods two days prior, and you need to consume only clear liquids on the day of your visit, along with a bowel prep, which can produce the biggest discomfort. Your doctor will give you specific instructions to follow, make sure to relay to them any questions or concerns at this time.
Screening Colonoscopy in Newport Beach, CA
A colonoscopy involves using a very small camera that's attached to the end of a thin and flexible tube to examine the lower intestine or colon for any abnormalities, it's why the prep is so important. During the procedure, your doctor can remove these abnormalities or polyps.
If you believe you may benefit from a screening colonoscopy, whether due to age or increased risk factors, then you can arrange a visit with Dr. Madokoro in Newport Beach, CA, by dialing (949) 548-8800.