We recommend your first screening colonoscopy at age 50 unless you have some family history of colon cancer or polyps. If there are no polyps found then the next colonscopy should be in 10 years. If we find and remove polyps, we’ll need to repeat the colonoscopy at an earlier interval.
Prior to the colonoscopy we will explain the procedure and provide medicines that will prepare the bowel for the exam. We’ll start an IV and give two types of sedation medications during the exam. These will make you drowsy and keep you comfortable. After the exam you will need someone to drive you home due to the effects of the sedation medicines as they last several hours.