As mentioned in a previous article, "Receiving a Diagnosis of Crohn's Disease
," after IBD patients meet with their physician and gastroenterologist, or GI doctor, they likely will go through a procedure or two, most likely a scope, or colonoscopy.
Sometimes patients will undergo these before diagnosis and continue to receive them long after, and knowing what to expect can help first-timers or people having to prepare for colonoscopies in the future.
What is a colonoscopy?
Colonoscopies help not only to find and diagnose bowel diseases and internal problems for IBD patients, but they also help to check for disease or medication maintenance or progression. They help to check for blockages or bowel wall narrowing and to find current inflammation, flares, or possible remission.
I have gone through four colonoscopies and two endoscopies, as sometimes more than one is needed. I actually am typing this as I prepare for my fifth colonoscopy later this afternoon, so bowel prep is fresh on my mind having drunk "the mixture" until the early hours this morning.