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Hi Adorra, My advice is to gather direct feedback from trusted friends and relatives who have undergone a successful colonoscopy on whom to consider as your endoscopist. In this era of fake news and social media marketing, it is even more important now to distil reviews accuratel...
21 Aug 2018
It is not uncommon for doctors to miss polyps during a colonoscopy. There are no figures locally on how often this happens but these can be due to three main factors: Poor bowel preparation causing the polyp to be obscured by stools Small polyps behind the corners or fol...
21 Aug 2018
Hi Bing Qi, A colonoscopy often begins with the administration of a mild sedative which renders the patient unconscious or drowsy for the duration of the procedure. After which, the colonoscope is inserted into the anus, gas is pumped into the colon and the scope is advanced...
21 Aug 2018
A colonoscopy carries a 1 in 1000 risk of perforation. Should a perforation occur, it often requires immediate surgery to repair the perforation. In some instances, a stoma is required to allow the damaged colon to heal. As such, a colonoscopy should not be considered a &ldq...
21 Aug 2018
If you have booked an advanced date for your colonoscopy, it would be ideal to keep to a low fibre diet 3 to 5 days prior to the date of your colonoscopy. This reduces the fibrous debris in the colon and allows a better clean during the bowel preparation. Furthermore, the rem...
21 Aug 2018
The patient is often asleep throughout the procedure due to the sedation administered so essentially the patient often has no recollection of the entire procedure. If a patient chooses to undergo the procedure without sedation, the common sensation will be that of abdominal cra...
21 Aug 2018
If you are above the age of 45, or have a positive family history, it is important to consider a colonoscopy as part of your routine health screening. This is because colorectal cancer is the number 1 cancer in Singapore and more often than not begins as a polyp. Polyps are sma...
21 Aug 2018
Hi Yvette, A colonoscopy is the most accurate screening test for colon cancer in Singapore. However, there are risks and costs involved with the procedure. As such, the stool tests offered (FOBT, FIT) are alternatives for patients who want a low-cost screening tool that dete...
21 Aug 2018
Hi Hui Yi, There is actually no recovery period from the scope itself. However, if you had sedation administered during the procedure, you might suffer a loss of memory or experience drowsiness for up to 12 hours after the procedure depending on the dose and type of sedative used...
21 Aug 2018
It depends greatly on what bowel preparation regime is used for the colonoscopy. Different centres and endoscopists have their own regimes, which can range from just 3 small cups of laxative fluid, to over 3 Litres of a bowel cleansing agent. Speak to your endoscopist on their...
21 Aug 2018
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