Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience and a medical advice columnist for Newsmax Magazine. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Is There any Alternative to Colonscopy?

Wednesday, 27 Nov 2013 10:21 AM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: I just turned 50 and my doctor told me I should have a colonoscopy. I’m reluctant to do it, mostly because I don't like being put under. Is there any alternative?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
A colonoscopy is a simple procedure where a scope evaluation of your colon is done. Usually a light sedation is useful, but by no means necessary. You do not need to be anestheized or "put under" for this procedure.
 
There is no better alternative. A virtual colonoscopy is available, but it is less sensitive in my opinion and follow-up procedures are required if it turns up a suspicious lesion that needs to be biopsied.
 
The laxative preparation for colonoscopy is the worst part of the procedure, in my opinion. But the procedure itself is a breeze, and sedation is not mandatory.

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