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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS A COLONOSCOPY?
A colonoscopy is an examination that enables your doctor to examine the lining of your colon (large intestine). The doctor will take a flexible tube about the size of a finger and slowly move it into the rectum and through the colon to look for signs of cancer or pre-cancerous lesions.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO PREPARE FOR A COLONOSCOPY?
Preparation is a critically important part of the exam. If your bowel is not adequately cleaned out before the exam, the doctor will not be able to identify polyps, the pre-cancerous lesions. Before the procedure, you will have to take an oral laxative solution (called “a bowel prep” or “preparation”) to clean out your bowel. Specific prep instructions vary, but the prep usually begins 1 to 2 days before your procedure. Please read your prep instructions (given separately) to understand what you should do 1 day or 2 days before your colonoscopy.
HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE? HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR ME TO RECOVER?
The procedure itself usually takes from 15 to 60 minutes, but you should plan on spending 2 to 3 hours total to account for preparation, waiting and recovery time.
HOW MANY DAYS DO I NEED TO TAKE OFF WORK?
You will need to take off work the day of the procedure. Some patients who work evenings also take off work the day before the procedure to do the bowel prep.
I AM MENSTRUATING. CAN I STILL HAVE A COLONOSCOPY?
Yes, the procedure can still be performed while you have your period. Tampons can be worn if preferred by the patient.
IF A PATIENT HAS A FEVER WILL A COLONOSCOPY STILL BE DONE?
In general no. A colonoscopy will not be performed if a patient has a temperature over 101 degrees. Please contact your physician and let them know as soon as possible.
WHO SHOULD BE SCREENED AND WHEN?
The American Cancer Society recommends that adults be screened for colon cancer beginning at age 50 – or even earlier if there is a family history of the disease.
ARE THERE ANY COMPLICATIONS OR RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH HAVING A COLONOSCOPY?
In general, colonoscopy is a safe procedure. As with any medical procedure, however, there are some risks associated with the procedure and with the sedation used. You should contact your doctor if you feel severe abdominal pain, dizziness, fever, chills or rectal bleeding after the colonoscopy. Perforation and bleeding are two of the major complications associated with colonoscopy. Perforation is a tear through the wall of the bowel that may allow leakage of intestinal fluids. Perforations are generally treated with hospitalization, antibiotics, and possible surgery. There may be bleeding at the site of a biopsy or polyp removal. Most cases of bleeding stop without treatment or can be controlled at the time of the procedure. Rarely, blood transfusions or other treatments may be required to stop the bleeding. There also is a risk of having a reaction to a sedative given during the exam. In most cases, medications are available to counteract this reaction. Although complications after colonoscopy are rare, they can be serious and life-threatening. It is important for you to be aware of early signs that something might be wrong.
THE FAIR MARKET HEALTH TEAM
Our team is comprised of highly experienced professionals in healthcare and business. We strive to deliver the best opportunities in healthcare for patients and providers alike.
Dr. Davis is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He is an advanced fellow in regenerative and functional medicine through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. He completed his residency in Family Medicine through University of Kansas at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita, KS and earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He holds a bachelor of arts and masters of clinical gerontology from Baylor University.
ANDREW S. HENTZEN
Andrew S. Hentzen, M.D., F.A.C.S., is from Seward, Nebraska. He graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and completed his surgical residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita. Dr. Hentzen is board certified by the American Board of Surgery.
Dr. Hentzen is a clinical assistant professor of surgery at the University Of Kansas School of Medicine. He serves at Wesley Medical Center as the Chair of Robotic Governance and is a member of the Pharmacy & Therapeutics committee, as well as an executive member of the trauma committee.
In addition to his general surgery practice, Dr. Hentzen has a special interest in Laparoscopic and Robotic surgery, trauma and acute care. Dr. Hentzen also donates his surgical services to Project Access, who serves uninsured, low-income residents of Sedgwick County.
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