A colonoscopy is an endoscopic assessment of the large bowel using a fibre optic camera on a flexible tube. This diagnostic tool is commonly used to evaluate gastrointestinal symptoms, such as rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, and change in bowel habits.

When assessing the large intestine, the doctor may notice changes within the bowel wall such as polyps, diverticular disease, inflammation and other irregular findings. As a result, the doctor may choose to biopsy the area of interest and this will be sent off to pathology for review.

The procedure often requires bowel preparation, which can be slightly uncomfortable. This involves emptying the bowels in order for the doctor to get a clear view of the colon.

To make the procedure more comfortable, a general anaesthetic is often given. The procedure is performed in hospital and is typically a day surgery, meaning there is often no need for the patient to have an overnight stay in hospital.

Colonoscopies are typically quick procedures that have minimal recovery. Our specialist practitioners are here to support you with any questions you may have regarding your procedure.