- 15 min15 minutes
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- Location 1
A colonoscopy is an exam to look at your colon. This exam can help find lumps (tumors), growths (polyps), bleeding, and redness and swelling (inflammation) in your colon. BEFORE THE PROCEDURE • Ask your doctor about changing or stopping your regular medicines. • You may need to drink 1-2liters of special liquid (oral bowel prep). You will start drinking this as per your health care provider advice. It will cause you to have loose stools to clean your colon. • Do not eat or drink anything else once you have started the bowel prep, unless your doctor tells you it is safe to do so. • Make plans for someone to drive you home after the procedure. PROCEDURE • You will be given medicine to help you relax (sedative). • You will lie on your side with your knees bent. • A tube with a camera on the end is put in the opening of your butt (anus) and into your colon. Pictures are sent to a computer screen. Your doctor will look for anything that is not normal. • Your doctor may take a tissue sample (biopsy) from your colon to be looked at more closely. • The exam is finished when your doctor has viewed all of the colon. AFTER THE PROCEDURE • Do not drive after the exam. • You may have a small amount of blood in your poop. This is normal. • You may pass gas and have belly (abdominal) cramps. This is normal. • Ask when your test results will be ready. Make sure you get your test results. This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.