Necessary Precautions After and Before Colonoscopy Procedure

By on September 24, 2022

Colonoscopy examines the rectum and the inside of the large intestine (lower colon) to evaluate for rectal bleeding, intestinal disorders, and tumors seen on x-rays and to identify the colon.

In a colonoscopy procedure, a doctor uses a colonoscope to look at the inside of the colon. A colonoscope is a long, flexible instrument ½ inch in diameter inserted into the body and then advanced into the large intestine. Tissue is removed from the body if needed for a biopsy, and polyps are removed once identified. A few times, a colonoscopy procedure allows for proper analysis and healing, and there is no need for any major surgery or surgery.

Before the colonoscopy procedure

Tell your doctor about your conditions if you have lung or heart disease, are allergic to certain types of medicines, or if you are pregnant. Also, let him know if you take antibiotics before surgical procedures or have an artificial heart valve.

Features of a Colonoscopy

Be careful about the following things if you are taking any medication:

  • If you are taking blood thinners, get an alternative blood thinner prescribed by your doctor.
  • Ensure you haven’t taken aspirin for a week or other anti-inflammatory drugs before your procedure.
  • Bulk-forming or iron-containing foods may make it difficult to visualize the colon. So don’t take any of these for a week before your procedure.
  • Take your thyroid, heart, and blood pressure medications on test days with only water.

During the colonoscopy procedure

A patient should wear a hospital gown and be given a tranquilizer and a pill to relieve pain. Afterward, a colonoscope is inserted into the body, from the rectum to the large intestine. This procedure takes from 30 minutes to 1 hour. But there is nothing to be afraid of, and the whole process is completely improvised with professional help.

After the colonoscopy procedure

The biopsy may show rectal bleeding. The patient is under observation for about 30 minutes after the colonoscopy procedure. An impression of pain or gas may be felt, but not for long. The patient is advised to continue with a regular diet and avoid taking anticoagulants for at least two weeks after the procedure. It is also recommended to stop taking aspirin to reduce the risk of bleeding if polyps are removed from the body.

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