My Guide to Endoscopies for Crohn’s, Part 2

My Guide to Endoscopies for Crohn’s, Part 2
Second in a series. Read part one. For the past few weeks, I have been experiencing more abdominal pain than usual, so my gastroenterologist has ordered a colonoscopy. Although I usually have a colonoscopy every two years, my doctor wants to monitor the status of my Crohn’s disease. What is a colonoscopy? A colonoscopy involves an endoscope being passed through the rectum to examine the lower digestive tract. A tiny camera at the tip of the endoscope transmits images to a screen allowing a doctor to see the rectum, sigmoid colon, ascending, transverse, and descending colon, and the end of the small intestine. The diagnostic procedure is conducted to detect abnormalities or diseases in the colon. It's routinely carried out in those over 50 to screen for colon cancer and to investigate the cause of persistent symptoms, such as abdominal pain, bleeding, diarrhea, and constipation. Biopsies can be taken for testing via the scope. If any polyps are found, they can be removed during the procedure. The prep Although the test is straightforward, colonoscopy prep can be unpleasant. To enable a clear view, the colon must be completely empty. Doctors have their preferred prep medications; I'm glad that my doctor prefers the Miralax and Gatorade prep, as other solutions can be difficult to take. Patients must adhere to a diet of clear liquids for 24 to 72 hours before the procedure. Broths, jello, pulp-free juices, coffee, clear sodas, and sports drinks are permitted. But you must avoid any drink with red, orange, blue, or purple dyes, which can alter the appearance of the intestines. The day before the procedure, typically around noon, you take an over-the-counter laxative such as Dulcolax to begin the process of clearing out your bowels. Your doctor will t
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