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What should I eat before a colonoscopy?
Follow the specific dietary instructions provided by your doctor, usually involving a clear liquid diet and laxatives.
Is the procedure painful?
No, patients are usually sedated, and discomfort is minimal during the procedure.
How long does a colonoscopy take?
The procedure typically takes 30-60 minutes.
Can I drive home after the procedure?
No, you will need someone to drive you home due to the sedation.
Are there any risks associated with a colonoscopy?
Complications are rare but may include bleeding or perforation of the colon.
How often should I have a colonoscopy?
The frequency depends on your risk factors and any findings from previous screenings.
Can I take my regular medications before a colonoscopy?
Certain medications may need to be adjusted, so inform your doctor about all medications you take.
How do I prepare for a colonoscopy?
You will need to follow a special diet and take laxatives to cleanse the colon.
What if polyps are found during the colonoscopy?
Polyps can be removed during the procedure or biopsied for further evaluation.
Can I eat after the colonoscopy?
You will need to abstain from solid foods for a few hours, then gradually reintroduce them as instructed by your doctor.
Can I resume my normal activities after the colonoscopy?
You may feel drowsy from the sedation, so it's best to rest for the remainder of the day.
How effective is a colonoscopy in detecting colorectal cancer?
Colonoscopy is highly effective and can detect and prevent colorectal cancer in its early stages.