It is an examination of your large bowel or the colon.It is performed using a colonoscope (a flexible tube, with a small camera at one end) which is passed carefully through your back passage (anus), and air is inflated into the bowel.The colonoscope is then advanced around the large bowel enabling the endoscopist to look directly at its lining.
Although there are alternatives I feel this is the test which will provide the best information. One alternative is a CT colonography which is a special form of CT scan to look at the bowel. examination. However it may not be as informative as a colonoscopy and has the added disadvantage that tissue samples cannot be taken. If you want further information, please do not hesitate to discuss with me.
A colonoscopy carries a small risk of complications, the main risks are:
An outline for preparing oneself for the procedure for colonoscopy:
The sedative injection makes you feel relaxed and less anxious. It is not a general anaesthetic and you will not be unconscious.
For 24 Hours Please Avoid:
You may experience some abdominal discomfort immediately following the procedure. This is usually mild and will soon pass with the help of warm drinks, walking around or taking peppermint water or sweets. Following bowel preparation normal bowel function should return over 2-3 days. You may experience some slight soreness where the flexible tube has been however this will wear off in a day or so. If you have had any biopsies taken or a polyp removed you may notice a small amount of bleeding from your back passage over the next few days. This is normal.
It is rare to experience any of the following, but if you do within 48 hours of your procedure, please contact the hospital. If you have problems after 48 hours please contact your GP.