Mr Simon Radley
The procedure involves taking strong laxatives at home the day before. These are used to clear out the bowel completely so that we can get a good view when we do the colonoscopy. The laxatives and the instructions about eating and drinking are sent out to you by post beforehand.
When you come for the colonoscopy, you will have a needle in the back of your hand and we will give you a sedative for the procedure.Colonoscopy takes around 30 minutes to carry out. During this time the doctor will carefully examine the bowel both whilst passing the scope into the bowel and also whilst taking it out.
Biopsies can be taken and polyps can be removed. After a brief period of recovery you will be allowed to eat and drink. Patients are usually able to leave within a couple of hours of the procedure. Your doctor will speak to you before you go.
Mr Prateesh Trivedi
Prior to the day of the procedure the patient is given a strong laxative medication in order to cleanse the bowel to allow good visualisation. The procedure is typically carried out as a day-case procedure under sedation, but can be performed under a general anaesthetic or no sedation at all.