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10 Facts You Need to Know About a Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is a test that enables a health care professional to view the inside of an individual’s large intestine using a thin, flexible tube to look at the rectum and the entire colon. The procedure is carried out to verify the presence of any ulcers, tumors, colon polyps, or inflammation in the area.

During the procedure, tissue samples may also be collected from the patient or any abnormal growths removed and taken out. But before a colonoscopy can be carried out, preparing for the procedure involves cleaning out the colon that can take from one to two days. The prep is often uncomfortable and fairly inconvenient for many people. But the biggest concern is that substances used in the prep can have some contradictory effects.

1. Dysbiosis

Dysbiosis is a microbial imbalance inside the body in general and more specifically in the digestive tract. Dysbiosis can occur in the large intestine since prep for colonoscopy necessitates an extensive cleansing out of the large intestine using significant amounts of synthetic laxatives. This is then accompanied by bowel irrigation with other substances. This can cause all bacteria in the gut to die; both good as well as bad.

Dysbiosis can further contribute to issues like constipation, irregularity, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other gut related problems.

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