How familiar are you with the colonoscopy procedure? It’s significant to us because we assist many colon cancer patients who address their condition with a colostomy, and then rely on us to help care for the treatment. That’s a big reason we offer our patented MicroSkin colostomy pouches.
Let’s explore the colonoscopy procedure, an evaluation tool for detecting colon cancer and other serious conditions.
Nothing to Fear
With the aid of a mild sedative, the colonoscopy is not a painful experience. We say this because many patients become very anxious about it, which can create a self-fulfilling prophecy. If, however, you follow some of these tidbits below, you’ll minimize much of the discomfort and anxiety.
Do it Early
It’s wise to set an appointment early in the morning because colonoscopies require a fasting period. Since it’s easier to fast and allow your digestive system to empty while asleep, it’s better to do it shortly after waking so that you can resume eating sooner thereafter.
Ask About Proper Pre-Appointment Hydration
Another part about fasting (the day prior) involves remaining hydrated. Discuss this with your physician to find out what’s acceptable (water, coffee, tea, etc.).
Prepare Enough in Advance
It’s important to begin your fast on time, and make sure you have enough bowel prep ahead of time.
Ask Your Doctor About Bowel Prep
Speaking of bowel prep, this is another item you should confirm with your doctor. There are plenty of options, but you may wish to try something different during subsequent appointments (if applicable).
Although you’ll have to switch to hospital garb once you undergo the procedure, many patients find the process more comfortable with warm socks.
Obtain the Full Diagnosis Results
It’s always important to get the doctor’s report in writing or at least take notes when your doctor speaks with you. You should make sure you know when you’ll receive any pathology results and whether you’ll need to schedule a follow-up appointment.
Don’t forget that if you receive a difficult diagnosis, you can still make good from it by spreading awareness and educating others. Even if you don’t, it could help others to know about your experiences with the colonoscopy itself.
Research Your Payment Options
Make sure you know how you’ll pay for the procedure before you undergo anything. It doesn’t help your stress levels to have lingering questions over finances right before the big appointment.
Research Whether You Need One
In a nutshell, there are two categories of people who may need to get a colonoscopy: individuals or age 45, and those who are at high risk for colorectal cancer. High-risk status pertains to whether you exhibit enough symptoms. Those include bloody stool, abdominal cramps, constipation, diarrhea, and so forth.
We hope you found this information helpful and will continue to choose Cymed MicroSkin for all your ostomy care needs. You can learn more about everything we offer by exploring our website or calling us by phone at 800-582-0707 or by filling out the form below.