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.
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