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Preparing for your Colonoscopy:

Why have a colonoscopy?

Cancers of the colon and rectum are the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, but when identified in the precancer state, cancer are very preventable.  Having a colonoscopy is one of the very best ways to find an early cancer and maintain a healthy colon. 

After the age of 50 , the risk of developing pre-cancer polyps increases.  So rest assured you are doing the right thing for you and your loved ones by having a colonoscopy.

What is a colonoscopy?

During a colonoscopy, the doctor will put a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera on the end into the rectum and move it up through the colon.  The doctor looks for cancers, small growths, (called polyps), and any other abnormalities on the inside of the colon.

You will be given medicine to help you relax which may make you feel sleepy.  During most procedures, patients do not feel discomfort.  It is a relatively quick procedure and you may not even remember any of it- depending on how the medicine effects you.

How should you prepare?

  •   Be sure to read your colonoscopy information about a week ahead of time.
  •   Purchase and pick up any prep materials or medicine.
  •   Take the day of your colonoscopy off work.
  •   You must have a chaperone come with you, stay and drive you home.
  •   Let our office know your medical history and any medications you are taking.
  •   Follow your doctors instructions carefully so that your colon is completely clear.
  •   Stay near the bathroom while doing your preparation.
  •   Make sure you don't eat anything solid.
  •   Now it's time to relax; you are in our good hands with our physicians!

Please click on the link below to access our office forms and preparation sheets.  Enter the user name of : patientcare@michigancolon.com and password of Forms1234.  Then click on shared documents to access the documentation you will need.

https://www.po1.comcast.net/sites/michigancolon/default.aspx


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