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?
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.
Although the test is straightforward