Health Talks: How to prepare for a colonoscopy

In this Health Talks video, gastroenterologist Samuel Akinyeye, MD, discusses how to prepare for a colonoscopy, addresses misconceptions about the screening and explains why a colonoscopy performed by your doctor yields better results than at-home tests currently on the market.

A colonoscopy is an important screening that checks your entire colon and rectum for precancerous polyps or colon cancer. The test is done using a narrow, flexible tube that has a light and camera, which allows for a visual inspection of the interior of your colon.

The recommended age to start screenings is 45, but those who have a family history of polyps or colon cancer should be screened earlier.

One of the most important parts of a colonoscopy, Dr. Akinyeye says, is completing the bowel preparation. Despite the misconception that bowel preparation is too much or a terrible process, it’s quite doable for most people. It may be challenging in that you have to adjust your diet leading up to your procedure, but those who have concerns about the process should keep in mind that colonoscopies are a preventive tool against colon cancer.

Watch the full Health Talks video above to learn more and to hear tips from our expert to help get you through the preparation process.


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