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Diagnostic examination of the lining of the bowel
A colonoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that involves the examination of the lining of bowel to determine the cause of underlying bowel symptoms. An experienced consultant gently passes a narrow, flexible, telescopic camera, known as a colonoscope, into the colon via the anus.
A colonoscopy is often advised with significant changes in bowel habits or when experiencing any of the following symptoms:
A colonoscopy can also be used to investigate new and/or monitor existing bowel conditions such as:
A colonoscopy is usually performed under sedation whilst lying on your left side. When ready, the consultant will pass the colonoscope carefully through your anus into the bowel. The consultant will examine the images from the camera as it moves through your body. In order for the consultant to get a clear picture of your bowel, a small amount of air may be gently pumped into your bowels through the colonoscope. This will pass naturally during the following 24 hours or so.
During the colonoscopy, tissue samples and/or polyps (growths on the bowel walls) can be removed for lab testing (biopsies). This will be painless but may result in some mild pain and bleeding post operatively. These symptoms should ease within a day or two.
The procedure will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
Guide price: £1,400
**Guide prices may vary following consultation
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Expected length of stay: Day case procedure