Module 1. Understanding and Preparing for Colonoscopy
What medical conditions should I tell my doctor about before booking my colonoscopy?
It is very important that you talk with your doctor about any medical conditions you have, before you schedule your colonoscopy. In this video, Dr. Echavarria and Dr. Gelrud discuss some questions you might be asked by your doctor about your medical history, previous medical conditions (such as lung or heart disease), and if you have a history of taking certain kinds of medication, such as narcotics or medications for pain. Your doctor may ask if you are taking antidepressants because these can impact how you are sedated. You may also be asked if you have had any trouble with sedation in the past. Finally, you will be asked if you have had any previous surgeries - especially if you are a woman - because this can make the procedure more difficult.
This educational activity has been developed by Mechanisms in Medicine Inc. This activity is endorsed by the Colon Cancer Coalition.
This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Boston Scientific and Ferring Pharmaceuticals.
This website is part of the Animated Patient™ series developed by Mechanisms in Medicine Inc., to provide highly visual formats of learning for patients to improve their understanding, make informed decisions, and partner with their health care professionals for optimal outcomes.