You should have a colonoscopy if you have suspicious bowel symptoms (a change in bowel habits, such as the onset of diarrhea or constipation, unexplained abdominal pain or cramping, or blood in the stool), or if there is a history of colon cancer in your family.
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.
How soon after surgery can you have a colonoscopy?
Patients undergoing curative resection for colon or rectal cancer should undergo a colonoscopy one year after the resection (or one year after the colonoscopy to clear the colon of synchronous disease). The joint USMSTF/ACS panel recommends against the routine use of fecal occult blood testing of post-polypectomy patients.
How bad is a colonoscopy, really?
Colonoscopy is a very safe procedure overall. Bloating and some mild discomfort is possible the day of the test. You might feel groggy for a few hours after the test. There is a small risk of bleeding and also a very small risk (<0.5%) of colon perforation, which could require urgent surgery.
When should people get their first colonoscopy?
Your doctor may recommend your first colonoscopy at age 50, because most people who get colorectal cancer are older than this.
What are the symptoms of an alternative colonoscopy?
Abnormalities found on an alternative test must be followed up with a colonoscopy. Report warning signs. Those include changes in bowel habits lasting a week or two, such as rectal bleeding, dark or narrow stools, constipation or diarrhea, abdominal cramps, or the urge to move your bowels when you don’t need to.
What do you need to know about colonoscopy?
Your stool should be clear, yellow, light and liquid. The presence of dark particles or thick brown or black stool means you are not ready for colonoscopy. If your stool is not clear after taking your entire bowel prep agent, you may need additional prep agent.
What are the risks of colonoscopy?
Risks of complications include bowel perforation during the procedure. However, the study authors found that the risk for serious harm from colonoscopy was small in both age groups.
When should you have a colonoscopy?
Ask your health care provider when and how often to have a colonoscopy if you have inflammatory bowel disease; a history of multiple, large, or high-risk adenomas; or a parent, sibling, or child who had colorectal cancer or adenomas. Routine checks usually aren’t needed after age 75. Protect against colon cancer: