Preparing for a Colonoscopy
Are you scheduled to have a colonoscopy? If it's your first time, you may have a few questions. You may even be apprehensive. But doctors routinely look in our ears and down our throats, so there's really no need to feel squeamish when it comes to an examination of our colon.
What is a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a useful procedure to help doctors diagnose and prevent problems in your lower intestine. And you are not alone; hundreds of thousands of Canadians have colonoscopies every year.
Preparing for your colonoscopy
Well before the appointed date, your doctor will give you instructions on how to prepare yourself for your colonoscopy. You may need to start doing your homework a few days before your exam.
What will happen during the colonoscopy?
It's normal to be a bit nervous before a new procedure, even a routine one. But believe it or not, a colonoscopy is not as bad as you might think.
What happens after the colonoscopy?
Now is the time to take it easy. The most challenging part of the procedure is over and done with. Still, there are a few things to know about as you get back on your feet.