1. What is a colonoscopy?
It is a diagnostic and therapeutic medical procedure that allows the doctor to both visually inspect the patient's colon, and remove any polyps that might have developed.
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS) a colonoscopy should be done every 10 years for patients aged 50 and above1.
2. What should I expect?
3. How do I prepare for a colonoscopy?
Usually your gastroenterologist will ask you to do the following:
- Have a light diet
- Stop certain medication
- Consume a special solution to clear the patient's bowels (this process usually takes up to 7 hours, during which the patient will be in and out of the restroom)
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4. Is the procedure painful?
A colonoscopy is very safe. Most patients undergo sedation and do not experience any pain. However some patients have experienced discomfort:
- Dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting
- Reaction to sedatives
- Bleeding where polyps have been removed
Regardless, it is important that you always remain calm and inform your gastroenterologist if you experience any discomfort.
5. What happens during the procedure?
During the procedure the gastroenterologist will inspect the colon and remove any polyps on the spot. He will also collect the polyps for a histological analysis to assess the presence of cancer.
A colonoscopy is normally performed as a day case procedure and the patient is usually sedated.
6. What happens after?
You'll be taken to a room to recover. Upon awaking, you may feel slightly bloated. It is important that you have a friend or relative to bring you home, especially if you have been sedated.
7. How can Ulink help?
We have helped many of our clients undergo colonoscopies with Singapore's best gastroenterologists. Our clients have benefited from:
1. Flexibility of treatment options: to suit individual needs and budget
2. Personal service: before entering the clinic and after you leave
3. Short waiting times: as short as <1 day
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