A colonoscopy uses a thin, flexible tube to examine the inside of your colon. The colonoscope is carefully passed into your colon via your rectum where the consultant will then be able to look at the inner lining of your large intestine.
A colonoscopy may be necessary for many different reasons.
Checking bowel symptoms which may include:
While these symptoms may require a colonoscopy, they are often nothing to worry about.
Checking for growths on your bowels which may include:
Bowel conditions identified through a colonoscopy:
Are there any alternatives to a colonoscopy?
You may be presented with alternatives to a colonoscopy depending on your symptoms.
These may include:
Your letter will advise you on what you can eat and drink 2 days before the procedure. This often suggests eating plain food such as rice, plain cooked chicken, and eggs.
The day before your colonoscopy you will be given laxatives to take. These will empty out your bowels so that your consultant has a clear view.
You will experience diarrhea after taking the laxatives so make sure you are near a toilet.
We understand that this procedure may be daunting for you, but don’t worry our medical staff will carefully look after you.
You may feel a bit bloated and experience wind pains after the surgery. These will not last long.
If a biopsy has been taken or a polyp has been removed then you may experience bleeding from your anus. This is normal so it is nothing to worry about.
You will be able to return to work the following day.
If you have any of the following symptoms after surgery please call us straight away and we will help you with the next steps:
Your consultant or a member of the medical staff will discuss your results with you after the procedure and will advise you on what needs to happen next.
Growths found on your bowels
An alternative bowel condition
We will be with you every step of the way, even when you have left the hospital. We will be available to ask any questions or worries you may have.
|Initial consultation||From: £150|
*The above prices are guide prices only and subject to change at any given time. Diagnostic scans and investigations are not part of the guide price. The guide price indicates the starting price for the treatment.
The cost of treatment will be made clear to you before you proceed with any tests, scans, consultations, or treatment. Please read our terms and conditions. If you have private medical insurance please follow the guidance here.