Question: I just turned 50 and my doctor told me I should have a colonoscopy. I’m reluctant to do it, mostly because I don't like being put under. Is there any alternative?
Dr. Hibberd's answer:
A colonoscopy is a simple procedure where a scope evaluation of your colon is done. Usually a light sedation is useful, but by no means necessary. You do not need to be anestheized or "put under" for this procedure.
There is no better alternative. A virtual colonoscopy is available, but it is less sensitive in my opinion and follow-up procedures are required if it turns up a suspicious lesion that needs to be biopsied.
The laxative preparation for colonoscopy is the worst part of the procedure, in my opinion. But the procedure itself is a breeze, and sedation is not mandatory.
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