Questions and answers on Colonoscopy
We perfom a colonoscopy whenever certain symptoms need to be clarified, when family members have a predisposition for cancer, for screening as recommended after 50 years of age, or also for an early recognition of colon cancer.
To enable a clear inspection, the colon shall be as clean as possible. Therefore, to prepare the colonoscopy, a fluid osmotic laxative is taken the evening before and on the day of the test. Fluids should be ingested. The treatment empties the colon. You should not eat until after the procedure.
No. Generally the colonoscopy may be unpleasant but may entail little to no pain.
If no sedation have been used during the procedure, sport activity can resume after leaving the office. If a sedation was required, you should give your body a little rest that day.
Usually, colonoscopy is performed as an out-patient treatment. A colonoscope (endoscope) of approx. 1 cm width, equipped with light source and a camera, is carefully inserted via the anus. Then, light is emitted from the colonoscope, carbon dioxide gas may be infused to widen the colon for improved overview. The camera of the colonoscope allows detailed inspection of the colon on the monitor.