What happens during a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a test that we use to
check the inside of your bowel. It should take around 30 to 45 minutes. We usually take a look inside your bowel in cases where you’ve had blood in your poo or a
change in your bowel habit. We look for conditions such as Crohn’s disease,
ulcerative colitis and bowel cancer. Most of the time we don’t find anything you need to worry about. Before your appointment we’ll send you a letter to
let you know what you can eat and drink. You’ll also need to take a laxative the
day before your appointment to help empty your bowels. The laxative may taste a bit unpleasant but it’s important to take it so your specialist has a clear view of your bowel. We strongly recommend that you take the day off as you’ll spend a lot of time on the loo. On the day of your appointment you’ll usually
be offered a sedative to help you relax and make the procedure more comfortable. Make sure to arrange for someone to take you home after your appointment as the sedative may leave you a bit tired and groggy. You shouldn’t drive for at least
24 hours after having a sedative. During your colonoscopy a long thin
flexible tube called a colonoscope will be passed into your bottom. You may feel
the camera go in but it shouldn’t hurt. If we find any small growths called
polyps we’ll usually remove them straight away using a tiny wire loop
passed through the colonoscope. Don’t worry you won’t feel this happen. We may take a biopsy of your bowel to look at under a microscope later. We’ll let you know at the time if we’ve removed any polyps or have taken any biopsies. After your colonoscopy we’ll look after you in the recovery room until you’re ready to go home. Within three weeks of your colonoscopy
you’ll be sent a letter with your results. If your test results say you have cancer you’ll be offered an appointment with a specialist as soon as possible. Don’t worry most tests don’t find anything you need to worry about.

2 thoughts on “What happens during a colonoscopy?

  1. Omg this just turned up in my recommended… How did you know I’m currently waiting for my appointment for this lovely procedure 😂 …. Thanks for the reminder! 😂🤣 … 😭🙏 1 like is 1 prayer for my bum!! 😂🤣

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