Colonoscopy (Lower Endoscopy)
Colonoscopies are procedures which allow for examination of the inside surface of the large bowel. The procedure is performed under a sedation anaesthetic and involves the insertion of an endoscope, a thin, flexible tube with its own inbuilt video camera, lens and light source, into the anus.
Colonoscopies are performed to examine the interior of the large bowel for various conditions including inflammation, abnormal blood vessels and flat polyps (benign, wart like growths). Various procedures may be performed during the colonoscopy; these include the biopsy of tissue to investigate possible malignancy and the removal of polyps. As colon cancer arises from pre-existing polyps, any polyps that are found are removed at the time of examination. Most polyps can be burnt off by placing a wire snare around the base and applying an electric current.
For legal reasons you must not drive a vehicle or operate machinery until the day after your procedure, but preferably not for 24 hours following your sedation anaesthetic. Driving under the influence of sedation carries the same implications as with alcohol. You must have a responsible adult to collect you from day surgery, drive you home and care for you for at least 12 hours post procedure.
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