Colonoscopy expectations may vary from patient to patient, depending on whether the procedure is recommended as part of colon cancer screening, because of unexplained blood in the stool, or changes in bowel habits. One possible expectation of a colonoscopy is that everything is normal and you do not require any additional procedures or treatment. If a problem is found during the colonoscopy, however, it can either be treated immediately or at a later time, depending on your healthcare provider's recommendations.
The expectations from a colonoscopy will partially depend on why the colonoscopy was recommended in the first place. This is because a colonoscopy can be recommended for a number of reasons. It may be recommended as part of colon cancer screening or because of unexplained blood in the stool, cramping, diarrhea, or changes in bowel habits.
You and your doctor can talk about the expected results for your particular situation. It is important that your expectations match those of your doctor.
After a colonoscopy, your doctor will have more information about the condition of your colon and lower digestive tract. It is possible that everything will be normal and won't need any treatment.
If a problem was found during the colonoscopy, it may be treated. If it is not treated at the time of the procedure, then you may need treatment later. Your doctor will discuss these findings with you, as well as tell you what treatment plan may be best for you. If a biopsy or cytology is taken, the results will usually be back soon after your procedure. Having a biopsy or cytology does not mean that you have colon cancer. Biopsies are often done to look for other problems, such as inflammation and polyps.