What happens during the procedure?
After a consultation with the specialist Gastroenterology and anaesthetist, you will be escorted by our nursing staff to the endoscopy suite. There you will be requested to remove your lower items of clothing, and are then given a sedative anaesthetic by the anaesthetist. The colonoscope is then passed into the anus, through the rectum and into the colon. Small tissue samples (biopsies) are usually taken during the procedure, as required. If polyps (abnormal growths) are found these are usually removed during the procedure and sent to pathology for analysis. The procedural time is approximately 20 minutes.