Many events in life require a good deal of planning, and a colonoscopy is no different. While it's much less exciting than planning a vacation, a colonoscopy requires much preparation and forethought. What you may not know is that you should not got to your a colonoscopy alone. Let's talk about some reasons why you will want to have someone accompany you on the day of your colonoscopy.
On the day of your procedure, you will have an empty stomach and colon from the prescribed prep. This process cleanses your colon and can cause gas and discomfort. The prep may not have completely worn off by the time of your appointment, so you will definitely be more comfortable with a friend or family member driving.
Typically before the procedure, you will receive intravenous medication that will relax you during the 30-60 minute operation. When the colonoscopy is complete, you will be taken to a recovery room until you are alert. You may experience cramping and bloating due to the air in your colon from the procedure. The combination of sedation and the discomfort of the procedure makes it imperative to have support. In fact, you should not drive a car or operate machinery until the day after your procedure.
A colonoscopy is a major procedure. Take the time to ask a loved one to come with you to this important appointment. You will feel supported and cared for, and it will be an opportunity for your caregiver to learn more about this essential part of preventative care.