Clearing Up Common Misconceptions About Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy in AtlantaIf you have been advised to receive a colonoscopy, you likely have several questions or concerns. Colonoscopies have been perceived in a negative light, but the procedure is essential to improving and maintaining your colorectal health. In addition, there are a number of misconceptions surrounding this procedure. The doctors at Piedmont Colorectal are dedicated to providing accurate, helpful information to patients regarding procedures and treatment options. Uncover the truth about colonoscopies below:

Myth: “You do not need to have a colonoscopy if you do not have any symptoms.”

The truth: A colonoscopy can be performed preventatively, but it may also be used to diagnose colon cancer. Colon cancer can develop without causing any symptoms in its early stages. When symptoms do show up, it is often because the cancer has progressed. A colonoscopy allows doctors to detect colon cancer early, which often leads to a better outcome.

Myth: “Getting a colonoscopy hurts.”

The truth: Colonoscopies are performed with patient safety and comfort in mind. Sedatives can be used to put the patient at ease during the process. The entire process can be completed in as few as 15 minutes, and patients can get back to their regular routines the day after the procedure.

Myth: “Colonoscopy prep is difficult.”

The truth: Colonoscopies require proper preparation to ensure a successful procedure. This requires effort on the patient’s behalf. Your skilled Piedmont Colorectal doctor will provide you with instructions on how to prepare in the days before your procedure. Generally, the colon must be as clear as possible so that it is fully visible during a colonoscopy. If you are unable to adhere to these instructions, you may need to reschedule your colonoscopy, which could delay diagnosis or treatment of a serious condition. With that said, preparation is not a long or difficult process. Patients simply need to adjust their diets to consume foods that are low in fiber for a few days before consuming a liquid diet the day before the colonoscopy. During this day, patients also take a laxative to clear the colon for the procedure the next day.

Myth: “Only men need to get colonoscopies.”

The truth: This misconception is rooted in the idea that many people think colon cancer only affects men. However, the primary risk factor for colon cancer is age, meaning it can affect men and women, alike.

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