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American Fork Hospital
1152 East 200 North
American Fork, UT 84003

(801) 855-4100

Turning 50? Congratulations on reaching the half-century mark. Now it's also time to schedule a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is an important screening method to detect possible colorectal cancer and colon cancer, and is recommended for all patients over age 50.

Colonoscopy Preparation

A clean colon is necessary to perform the colonoscopy, so a day or two before the colonoscopy your physician will provide special colonoscopy preparation liquids you will need to drink. These fluids are quite effective at clearing out the colon, and you will need to use the restroom frequently, so it is recommended you stay home that day. During colonoscopy preparation, you will be on a clear liquid diet so the colon will be as clear as possible.

What to Expect During a Colonoscopy

The colonoscopy procedure usually only takes about 30 minutes. During the colonoscopy, the patient is placed under anesthesia, and the gastroenterologist or surgeon uses a colonoscope (a flexible tube with a small video camera on the end) to examine the inside of colon, or large intestine. The colonoscopy is usually painless.

What to Expect After a Colonoscopy

After the colonoscopy, most patients do not experience many side effects beyond gas or slight abdominal discomfort. Some patients may experience anesthesia after effects, so we recommended arranging to have someone drive you home from the procedure.

The colonoscopy results will be given to your physician, who may recommend possible follow-up tests or dietary guidelines, if necessary.

To schedule a colonoscopy or learn more about colonoscopies or colon/colorectal cancer, please call us at (801) 855-4100.
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