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 55 14
Bowel irritability 39 9
Diagnostic assessment 28 10
Increase effect of another treatment 10 0
Gastrointestinal polyps 7 7
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
Severe 3
Moderate 5
Mild 10
None 25

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Colonoscopy

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 6
Nausea 4
Drowsiness 2
Pain 2
Abdominal bloating 1
Abdominal wind pain 1

Show all 10 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently having Colonoscopy

Dosage Patients
as needed 10
yearly 3
one time 2
daily 1
every 3 months 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 32
Usually 4
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 13
A little hard to take 15
Not at all hard to take 10
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 10
Not specified 27
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3 patient evaluations for Colonoscopy

Jan 19, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for gastrointestinal polyps)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for bowel irritability)
  • 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
    Can't tell (for gastrointestinal polyps)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for bowel irritability)
  • 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

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