COLONOSCOPY 

PREPARING FOR A COLONOSCOPY

A Colonoscopy is the endoscopic examination of the large bowel and the distal part of the small bowel with a flexible tube scope with a camera at the tip; that passes through the anus.

STEPS TO BOOKING:

  1. Obtain a referral form from your physician

  2. Book an appointment with our office

  3. If you are using insurance (Present insurance Card)

MEET THE ANESTHESIOLOGIST

  • Consultation booking

  • Laboratory and Imaging test completed

  • Preoperative questionnaire

   

THE DAY BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE:

  • Fast 12 hours prior to surgery

  • 24 hour clear liquid diet (coconut water (no pulp), gatorade, chicken broth)

  • Colon cleanse 

  • Remember to leave all valuables at home (jewelry, money, etc.)

  • Refrain from smoking and use of alcoholic beverages

  • Shower the morning of the procedure 

SURGERY TIMELINE:

  • Patient assessment about 45 minutes after check-in

  • Anesthesia takes about 15 minutes

  • Scope/Examination takes 15-20 minutes 

  • Recovery requires 15-30 minutes

  • Upon clearance by the doctor the patient is released

RESULTS TIMELINE:

  • The specimen is taken to the laboratory by the patient (If necessary)

  • Postoperative guidelines are given

  • Follow-up care

 

I'm ready to begin...

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

BENEFITS: 

  • Diagnosis and Early detection 

POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS & RISK:

  • ​Mild pain and discomfort in the abdomen for 1-5 days after the procedure

  • Nausea and Vomiting 

  • Faintness or dizziness, especially when you start to move around 

  • Muscle aches and pains 

  • Although the risks and complications may occur only very rarely they do sometimes occur and cannot be predicted or prevented by the physician 

 

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