Posted By Author on November 20, 2023
While a colonoscopy is a routine procedure, first-time patients may feel some apprehension. To alleviate any uncertainty or unease, our GI specialists have shed some light on what to expect during and after a colonoscopy. Read on to learn more, then schedule your colon cancer screening at Charleston GI today!
A colonoscopy, or colon cancer screening, is a preventative procedure used to examine the large intestine (colon) and rectum. A long, flexible tube with a tiny camera on the end is inserted, giving your gastroenterologist a look inside the body, in real time. Because swollen, abnormal tissue or polyps can indicate colorectal cancer, they may be sampled during your colonoscopy.
The entire appointment typically lasts between two and two-and-a-half hours – from the moment you walk through our doors until we say good-bye. A sedative will be given to keep you comfortable and relaxed throughout, with the actual colonoscopy procedure only taking about 30 to 60 minutes. You’ll head to a recovery room next, where the effects of the sedative will wear off, usually within an hour. Because some effects may linger, we require patients to designate a family member or friend to drive them home.
Here at Charleston GI, our patients report feeling completely back to normal soon after their colonoscopy – due to the minimal invasiveness of the procedure. You’ll be able to return to work and normal functions the next day, but we recommend taking it easy for the rest of the day while you fully recover from your colonoscopy.
Once you arrive back at home post-colonoscopy, take some time to relax. As you ease back into your normal activities, our board-certified gastroenterologists recommend following these simple tips.
One common question involves a patient’s diet after a colonoscopy, with many asking which foods are safe to eat. To ease back into your normal diet and prevent any digestive tract discomfort, start by eating and drinking these foods and beverages:
As a general rule for colonoscopy aftercare, the softer the food, the easier it is to digest!
A colonoscopy is a simple yet incredibly effective way to detect colorectal cancer – which is why it is highly recommended for everyone 45 years old and over. Follow-up care is easy too, and our team is always available to address any questions or concerns.
Here at Charleston GI, our board-certified gastroenterologists are experienced in treating a wide variety of conditions. We’re not only equipped to provide relief but to provide the information needed to put patients at ease. We’ve also carefully designed our state-of-the-art facilities to maximize comfort, so you’ll feel right at home the moment you arrive.
We operate four convenient Charleston area locations, in West Ashley, Mount Pleasant, Summerville, and Carnes Crossroads. There’s no referral needed, so schedule a colonoscopy near you today with Charleston GI!