Top 5 questions to ask before getting a colonoscopy
Dr. Robert J. Theobald, a highly rated proctologist in Tampa, Fla., says a colonoscopy should be done starting
at age 50 or earlier and is a quick, safe and easy procedure, but shouldn’t be taken lightly.
“Colon cancer is the second [leading cancer] killer — next to lung cancer,” he says. “It grows from colon polyps, but is 100 percent preventable with colonoscopies.”
To ensure your exam goes as smoothly as possible, Theobald recommends asking your doctor these questions:
- How many colonoscopies have you performed?
- Where will the procedure be done?
- What kind of anesthesia will be used? Do I have a choice, and will I need someone to drive me home afterward?
- What do I need to do to prepare for the procedure?
- What complications are associated with colonoscopies?