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What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a procedure in which a thin tube with a camera is used to look inside the colon, which is the lowest portion of the gastrointestinal tract. The camera allows Dr. Noorbhai to see images of the colon on a screen and take samples to test for abnormalities.

How is a colonoscopy done?

You will be given instructions before this procedure to prepare. A colonoscopy is usually done while you are conscious with a sedative. You will be asked to lie on your side and bend your knees for the procedure. A thin flexible tube with a camera is inserted into the anus slowly. The tube is guided through the rectum and colon and carbon dioxide is used to inflate the colon so that Dr. Noorbhai may observe and accurately diagnose you. He may also take a sample of the colon to test for abnormalities. This procedure may be uncomfortable but only takes 40 minutes to complete.

Why would a colonoscopy be done?

A colonoscopy is recommended as it is able to screen for colon cancer and conditions such as unexplained changes in bowel habits, pain in the abdomen, unexplained constipation, diarrhoea or weight loss. Colonoscopies should be done once a year for those over the age of 50 to screen for colon cancer.

How long will I be in hospital?

Most colonoscopies are done within 40 minutes while you are conscious with a sedative. You will be advised to have someone drive you home and look after you afterwards while the sedative wears off.

What will happen after the procedure?

Following a colonoscopy you may experience the following:

  • Gas and bloating from the carbon dioxide.
  • A small amount of blood in the stool.
  • Pain when coughing, sneezing or laughing.
  • Red skin around your wounds.

All these symptoms are normal and are nothing to be concerned about. -consult if you have an unusually high temperature, you continue to pass blood or blood clots or experience abdominal pain as emergency care may be needed.

If a sample is taken, Dr. Noorbhai will send it off to the laboratory for testing and call you when the results become available within a few days.

What are the potential risks and complications of a colonoscopy?

The risk of complications is very low, however, the following complications can occur:

  • Perforation of the colon.
  • Bleeding.
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