What exactly is a colonoscopy?

In lieu of yesterday’s post, I thought it might be useful to go into detail and explain what exactly a colonoscopy is, in case anyone is unfamiliar with the term.

I won’t go too into detail, though. Don’t get your knickers in a knot.

In my own words, a colonoscopy is a procedure that involves a small camera that is inserted into your lower hole to examine your innards.

Perhaps not up to par with a formal explanation, but hey, it’s my own summation.

According to BC Cancer, a colonoscopy “is a procedure where a doctor uses a flexible tube with a miniature camera attached to view the inside lining of your rectum and colon. During the test, the doctor can find and remove most polyps and some cancers.”

I suppose this definition is more textbook, but I still prefer my own.

When I had mine done a few days ago, I had a gastroscopy as well. I’ll get into more detail about what a gastroscopy is in tomorrow’s post, but from my understanding, most people who require both a colonoscopy and a gastroscopy have it done on the same day.

I was completely sedated for both procedures, something I’m extremely grateful for. I can’t imagine what a colonoscopy would feel like while being alert and conscious, therefore I’m personally asking Doug Ford to have one done without sedation before he cuts costs for this type of procedure.

People typically have colonoscopy’s done if they’re experiencing digestive issues. I’ve been dealing with several stomach problems for a few years now, which is why I had mine done. I was told later that the doctor took six biopsies during the colonoscopy to sent off for testing, a relatively normal aspect of the procedures (polyps are often removed during as well).

The prep for a colonoscopy is absolutely the worst component of the entire process. If you can make it through that, you’ll find the procedure itself to be a breeze.

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