A colonoscopy is a procedure used for the examination of the colon (the lower part of the large intestine). A thin, tubular instrument with a camera at the tip is inserted through the rectum. The patient is given sedation. Tiny samples of tissue may be taken for a biopsy

Pre-treatment:

  • A preparation treatment to clean the bowel is to be taken as directed by the doctor.
  • You are advised to have nothing to eat or drink after midnight the day before the procedure.
  • The day of the procedure an intravenous will be placed in your arm for intravenous sedation. This medication will make you sleepy and help with the discomfort of the procedure.
  • Make arrangements for a ride home. If you have not made arrangements for a ride home after your procedure we are unable to discharge you safely and your procedure could be cancelled.

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Post treatment:

  • After the procedure is finished you will stay for 1 hour in an observation room.
  • Your blood pressure is checked every half hour.
  • After 1 hour's time you will be offered a drink and muffin.
  • You are then discharged from the department. Because of the sedation you will need someone to drive you home and should not drive a car for the remainder of that day.
 
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