Expert Guidance for Colonoscopy Concerns

Expert Guidance for Colonoscopy Concerns
Published on, 25 May, 2024. Answered by Dr. Pham Van Hoai and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I'm reaching out because I have a few concerns on my mind. I'm 18 years old and, regrettably, I have a history of smoking cigarettes. Currently, I am scheduled to undergo a colonoscopy test in approximately 11 hours. Naturally, I am feeling a bit apprehensive and uncertain about what to expect. My primary question is regarding my safety. Given my age and smoking history, I'm wondering if there are any specific risks I should be aware of. Am I safe to proceed with the colonoscopy given these circumstances?


Answered by Dr. Pham Van Hoai


Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


In response to your query, it's understandable to have concerns, especially considering your age and history of smoking. However, let me assure you that in most cases, undergoing a colonoscopy at your age is a proactive step towards maintaining your health.


Now, regarding your safety concerns, it's essential to monitor any signs of discomfort or bleeding. If you experience no pain or bleeding leading up to the procedure, it's a positive indicator that you should be okay to proceed. However, it's crucial to stay vigilant and attentive to your body's signals.


Remember, the colonoscopy is a valuable diagnostic tool that allows us to detect and address any potential issues early on, which can ultimately lead to better health outcomes.




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