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Colonoscopy

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A colonoscopy is a visual exploration of the lining of the colon. The colon is the large intestine in the digestive system.

When conducting a colonoscopy, the Doctor will insert a flexible fiber-optic instrument (colonoscope) through the rectum to examine the colon. Through this visual probe, the doctor can detect any anomaly.

Through the course of the exploration, and if necessary, the doctor will take small samples of tissue (biopsies) to be sent to the lab for further analysis. The tissue extraction does not cause any pain. It is also possible to remove polyps during the colonoscopy.

Preparation

  • Prior to the colonoscopy, it is necessary that the patient be fasting and the patient’s colon be clean. The doctor will prescribe a laxative for optimal colon cleansing.
  • Colonoscopies require sedation, thus we highly recommend that a patient be accompanied by another person (adult) since they will not be able to drive after the procedure.
  • We also recommend that patients bring comfortable and loose-fitting clothes the day of the procedure.

What can I expect during the exploration?

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The doctor or nurse will explain the procedure and will answer any questions you have. They will provide a medical questionnaire where you will inform them of any relevant medical conditions, like: allergies to food (eggs in particular) or any allergies drugs. Additionally, the will ask you to sign an authorization document for the procedure.

The nurse will provide you with a patient gown and will request that you remove your glasses or dentures (if applicable).

Next, you will be placed in a proper and comfortable position; the doctor will administer an intra-venous sedative that will help you relax and fall asleep.

As the colonoscope is inserted, you may fell some discomfort, like abdominal spasms and/or a certain amount of pressure; this is a normal phenomenon and it will soon disappear.

The exploration last between 20 to 30 minutes.

After the procedure

  • You will be kept under observation while the effects of the sedative wear off. If you will feel the urge to pass gas, this is normal. Inform the nurse and he/she will direct you to the nearest restroom.
  • During the remainder of the day after the procedure, you will have to avoid driving, operating machinery or making important decisions. The doctor will instruct you to rest quietly.
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Risks and possible complications?

  • Colonoscopies can cause complications, such as reactions to drugs, perforation of the bowel and bleeding. These complications are very rare (less than 1 per 10,000 scans), but may require emergency treatment or even surgery.
  • The risks are slightly higher if the colonoscopy is used to implement treatments, such as the removal of polyps.
  • Do not hesitate and inform the medical staff if you have intense abdominal pain, dark stools that are black or tar colored, or persistent bleeding in the hours or days after the colonoscopy.
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