The Golden Standard for Prevention
Colonoscopies are considered the gold standard for detecting colon cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Moreover, colonoscopy preparation is critical because the colon must be clean and empty.
Contributing factors that prevent patients from achieving optimal results from this common operation include:
· The age of the patient
· Location of the screening
· Proper preparation
Ensure a smooth procedure by taking into account medications, anxiety, and bad habits before you enter the clinic for your procedure.
Patients should discuss medication with their medical team before the colonoscopy. Blood-thinning medications can increase bleeding, and thus, should be stopped before the procedure. Aspirin and aspirin containing are examples of products that should be avoided two weeks before the procedure. Also avoid any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, etc.).
Regardless of what it is for, it is normal to feel anxious before an operation. Every person undergoes anxiety individually; common symptoms include a pounding heart, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, nausea, and sleep problems. People also cope with their stress in different ways. Most clinics have committed employees, including counselors, social workers, and volunteers on staff to offer support.
We have known for a while that smoking increases your risk of being diagnosed with cancer and other chronic diseases. Did you know that it can also complicate and slow down your recovery? It is best to stop smoking or use nicotine alternatives as soon as you decide to undergo the procedure.
The exam itself takes about 30 minutes. You will presumably receive medicine to help you relax and sleep when it is done. Plan on having someone go with you for this test so they can take you home afterward.