Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy at Blakelands Hospital

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a procedure to look at the inside of the large bowel (colon) using a flexible telescope.

Sometimes a polyp is the cause of the problem and the endoscopist may be able to remove it during the procedure.

What does the procedure involve?

A colonoscopy usually takes between half an hour and three-quarters of an hour.

If appropriate, the endoscopist may offer you a sedative or painkiller.

The endoscopist will place a flexible telescope into the back passage. Air will be blown into the large bowel so that they have a clear view. The endoscopist will be able to look for problems such as inflammation or polyps. They will be able to perform biopsies and take photographs to help make the diagnosis.

How soon will I recover?

If you were given a sedative, you will normally recover in about two hours. You may feel a bit bloated for a few hours but this will pass.

A member of the healthcare team will tell you what was found during the colonoscopy and will discuss with you any treatment or follow-up you need.

You should be able to go back to work the day after the colonoscopy.

Which Consultants can I see at Blakelands Hospital?

How do I see a Gastroenterologist at Blakelands Hospital?

We provide services for both NHS patients and Private patients either self-paying for their treatment or using medical insurance.

If you have any questions about using your Private Medical Insurance or self-paying for treatment, please call 01536 210 019 or email us via our contact form.

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