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A colonoscopy is an examination of the colon. While you're sedated, a doctor uses a colonoscope to check for polyps, which are a precursor to cancer. If a polyp is found, it will be removed.
Before your colonoscopy you will need to clean your colon. Your doctor will provide you with specific instructions that usually include restricting your diet and using a prescribed laxative before your procedure.
The entire procedure takes between 20 to 30 minutes. Afterward, you’ll stay in a recovery room for 30 minutes to an hour to wake up from the sedative. You will need someone to drive you home from the procedure, as you will still be feeling the effects of the anesthesia.