What is Colonoscopy?

Category: Procedures

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Colonoscopy is the endoscopic examination of the large colon and the distal part of the small bowel with a CCD camera or a fiber optic camera on a flexible tube passed through the anus.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 57 15
Bowel irritability 38 9
Diagnostic assessment 31 13
Increase effect of another treatment 10 0
Gastrointestinal polyps 9 8
Blood in stool 5 2

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 3
Moderate 5
Mild 11
None 28

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Colonoscopy

Side effect Patients Percentage
Diarrhea 7
Nausea 4
Drowsiness 2
Pain 2
Abdominal bloating 1
Abdominal wind pain 1

Show all 11 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently having Colonoscopy

Dosage Patients Percentage
as needed 9
yearly 3
every 3 months 1
one time 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 35
Usually 4
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 14
A little hard to take 17
Not at all hard to take 11
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 5
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 12
Not specified 29
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3 patient evaluations for Colonoscopy

Jan 19, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for bowel irritability)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for gastrointestinal polyps)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: $200+ monthly

Jan 12, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for bowel irritability)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for gastrointestinal polyps)
  • Side effects
    Severe (diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: In 2007 I had Polyps that were NOT cancerous. In 2015 I had a Tumor removed that was Cancerous 2017 I will be having another Colonoscopy
Cost: $200+ monthly

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Apr 8, 2016 (Started Apr 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: One time
Cost: $100-199 monthly

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Mar 20, 2012 (Started Mar 20, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bowel irritability)
  • Side effects
    Mild (abdominal wind pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: One time
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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