Fact Or Myth: Everything You Need To Know About Your Upcoming Colonoscopy
So, you’re having a colonoscopy.
Ahh, yes, you have reached the age of your first colonoscopy, and you’re a little nervous. Don’t worry; you’re in great hands! Our Gastroenterologists are some of the best in business, and our team will do everything possible to make you feel comfortable. First, we’ll prepare you for your procedure and ensure you have all the correct information. So, instead of turning to Google to bust all the myths, turn to the pros at St. Cloud Surgical Center.
MYTH #1 – Colonoscopy Prep Drink Is Gross To Drink
Years ago, maybe, but today’s colonoscopy prep solution can be mixed into your favorite sports drink, clear soda, or juice, so it tastes better! We typically recommend Gatorade ZERO or Powerade ZERO to limit your daily sugar intake.
MYTH #2 – Colonoscopy Prep Takes Forever
Prepping your body for a colonoscopy can be done in less than 24 hours. You will begin your prep the afternoon before your procedure or as otherwise specified by your doctor. For most people, it takes 12 to 16 hours to clear out their bowels. While this may seem like a lifetime at the moment, it’s a relatively short window!
MYTH #3 – It’s Going To Hurt
While the thought doesn’t sound pleasant, you won’t feel a thing! Let’s walk you through it. First, your doctor will give you a sedative to make you more comfortable. Once sedated, a lighted scope is inserted in the rear, and the doctor will complete their investigation. Most patients don’t remember anything!
MYTH #4 – I Don’t Need A Colonoscopy Until I Have Cancer Symptoms
Not just a myth, this is a dangerously false claim! Most pre-cancers are found in people who don’t have pain or symptoms. Symptoms can mean the cancer is more advanced and harder to treat. By getting a colonoscopy, you can reduce your likelihood of Colorectal Cancer by more than 50%!
MYTH #5 – Getting A Colonoscopy Is Humiliating
While thinking or talking about a colonoscopy might be unpleasant, you can expect a private and respectful experience. From pre-procedure to post-op, the care team at St. Cloud Surgical Center will make you as comfortable as possible!
MYTH #6 – I Can’t Afford To Get Screened
On average, you only need a colonoscopy every 10 years starting at the age of 50. Most people only need three colonoscopies in their lifetime. If you are worried about cost, contact your insurance to see what is covered.
While a colonoscopy isn’t a walk in the park, it could save your life. If you are 50 years of age or older, you can schedule your screening colonoscopy at our center without a referral. Learn more about the importance of colonoscopies or schedule a screen request here.