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Is it painful when a colonoscope is inserted?

My husband has a low tolerance for pain. He has been very stressed about getting a colonoscopy. He has been avoiding it because he thinks it might be painful. Is it actually that painful when the gastroenterologist inserts the colonoscope? What can I do to relax him?

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Sedation is given prior to inserting the colonoscope, so most people have no discomfort during the colonoscopy procedure.

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