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Total colonoscopy

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a procedure in which is examine the inside of all the large intestine (Rectum and colon). It is recommended to diagnose symptoms such as bleeding, abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation. Also, is recommended on people that do not have any symptoms, but want to prevent cancer of colon, or for one who have familiars with polyps or cancer of colon.

What happen before a colonoscopy?

To the exam be successful, you need that the intestine be clean of fecal matter, so you can be examined adequately (under some residue it can hide something that we must look). For this, is necessary to be prepared with laxatives.

How a colonoscopy is performed?

During the colonoscopy, the gastroenterologist use an equipment called colonoscope (A large and flexible equipment, about 13mm of diameter) to see in detail all the inside of the colon. The colonoscope is introduced through the anus, going through the rectum and lately going through all the regions of the colon until it arrives to the caecum, and usually as far as the last part of the small intestine called ileum. During the procedure, it can be taken some tissue samples (biopsy), and it can be remove the polyps that are found.

To get the colonoscopy performed it will be administrating sedation medicine by intravenous, which will make you feel relaxed, sleepy and without pain. The procedure has a duration around 30 minutes.

What happens after a colonoscopy?

When the procedure ends, you will be moved to the recovery room. There, you will stay until the sedative effects ends. Then you will be discharged with your companion.

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