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Dr. Minocha's Series on Digestive Myths & Healthy Realities....
By Dr. A. Minocha, author of "How To Stop Heartburn: Simple Ways to Heal Heartburn and Acid Reflux" and "Natural Stomach Care: Treating and Preventing Digestive Disorders with Best of Eastern and Western Therapies"
a Myth or a Fact?
"Lower GI scope (colonoscopy) is very painful..."
I will let you be the judge! Sedatives and not general anesthesia are usually used for the performance of colonoscopy. While there are never any guarantees in life, about 90% of our patients tell us after the test that it was not as bad as they thought. They usually say that the use of laxatives to clean the bowel, and the anxiety about the test are worse than the procedure. As many as 70-80% of the patients (including my father!) do not have any recollection of the procedure. On top of that, most people who have undergone both barium enema as well as colonoscopy tell us that the colonoscopy is easier.
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