Colonoscopy

After you turn 55, you can choose between a colonoscopy every 10 years or FOB test every 2 years.

How often?

Every 10 years or when your doctor suggests it.

Do I need a recommendation?

Yes, your GP will give you one.

How long will it take?

30 minutes.

Will it hurt?

No. You can choose to use a soothing agent, however you cannot drive a car afterwards and you need to have someone to accompany you.

Do I need to prepare for the exam?

Yes! The doctor will tell you what to do before the examination.

What will happen during the exam?

After a thorough preparation, you will go to a gastro clinic. Nurses there will explain you what to do. It's common to get a pain-free injection before the procedure, which might help to get over unpleasant feelings during the examination. First, the doctor will examine your rectum using his finger, then he will use an endoscope to look deeper into the body. He will examine your colon (small intestine is commonly unreachable) and if he finds any anomalies, he will collect a sample of this tissue to further examine it. It's crucial to go through all preparation steps at home before you go to the clinic - if you don't, the examination might be insufficient.

Do I need to pay for the exam?

No.

What is the waiting time for such examination?

5 - 6 weeks.

Where to go?

The list of gastro clinics is at www.kolorektum.cz.

Do I need to call for test results?

Follow your doctor's instructions.

What can I get from the exam?

You will know everything is okay with your colon.

What more can I do?

Eat healthy, limit read meat and add vegetables and fruit to your diet.

Our tip: The preparation is really crucial for the examination, don't underestimate it.

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