Recovery from medical procedures can sometimes be uncomfortable. But Dr. Khalid Alam, a gastroenterologist with Lee Health, says there’s good news when it comes to recovering from your colonoscopy.
At age 50 men and women are encouraged to get a colonoscopy. “Colonoscopy has made an impact on the decline of the colon cancer mortality as well as decreasing the incidents of colon cancer in our country.”
A colonoscopy looks at the inner lining of a patient’s large intestine. The test helps doctors find ulcers, colon polyps, tumors, and areas of inflammation. “Colonoscopies have been around since the 60s. We used to insufflate air in the colon and expand it and that’s how you examine the colon,” said Dr. Alam.
After the procedure, the patient may experience bloating and discomfort, an experience Dr. Khalid Alam is working to change. “What we like to do is to make colonoscopies more palatable and acceptable to the patients, and air insufflation which has been around since the late 60s would cause some discomfort to the patient.”
It’s why, he says, more physicians are using CO2 instead of air. The process has proven safe and more comfortable for patients. “CO2 is more easily absorbed and less discomfort,” said Dr. Alam.
Compared to air, doctors consider CO2 a better option for the patient. While CO2 doesn’t change the procedure for the physician, it does give the patient a more comfortable outcome. The goal is to encourage more patients to get their needed colonoscopy.
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