How often you do colonoscopy

You should have a colonoscopy every 10 years starting at age 50. Alternatively, you may get a flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years, a double-contrast barium enema every five years or a CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) every five years. However, a colonoscopy will be needed if any of those results are positive.

When not to have a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is not necessary for an individual who reached 75 years of age. According to the guidelines, screening starts at the age of 50, and further examination is viable only if the results turn positive.

What age should you get a colonoscopy?

Most people can begin getting their first colonoscopy at age 50. However, if you have a personal or family history of colorectal cancer, a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease, certain hereditary diseases, or a personal history of radiation exposure, your doctor may recommend you start at age 45.

Can you die of a colonoscopy?

Unlikely. Dying during a colonoscopy or because of one is a very rare event. The risk of a perforation or hole during a colonoscopy is about 1/1500. The risks of dying would increase if one had a perforation that was not noticed. Also there is a risk of having complications from the sedation.

Why you should have a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy procedure is a screening test done to detect colon cancer and other problems. It is often done only if advised by the physician. The main reason why you need to do a colonoscopy procedure is to detect abnormalities in the colon and assess the risk of cancer.

What not to eat the week before a colonoscopy?

Avoid certain foods. Starting 1 week before your colonoscopy, do not eat: Raw (fresh) fruits and vegetables. You can have canned or cooked vegetables. Whole kernel corn, including canned corn. Whole grains (such as oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, or wheat bread) Seeds (such as poppy or sesame) Nuts.

What can I Eat 2 days before a colonoscopy?

Eat some light meals 2 days before the colonoscopy will be performed. These meals can even be a bit more substantial than soup. While soup and broth are most highly recommended, most doctors allow you to also eat smaller portioned skinless poultry like chicken and turkey, as well as unrefined white bread, eggs and possibly pasta or noodles.

What are the signs that you should have a colonoscopy?

Signs that you should schedule a colonoscopy include: gastrointestinal irritation. constipation. irregular stools. chronic diarrhea. blood in the stool. sudden or unexplained weight loss.

When should you call your doctor after a colonoscopy?

You should call your doctor after a colonoscopy if you continue to have a lot of pain and discomfort. Colonoscopy is generally a very safe procedure. However, in rare circumstances, complications can occur. If you develop any of the symptoms below, call your doctor. Abdominal pain—A small amount of abdominal discomfort following the test is normal.