ColonoscopyColonscopy commences with a flexible endoscope , by passing through the anus to the lower bowel to examine if there is any inflammation, polyp or tumor. When any suspicious found, biopsy will be performed. Polypectomy will also be practiced with the endoscopic equipment.


Preparation

  • Stop taking iron supplement, wafarin and aspirin for 3 days before the procedure.
  • Stop ingesting high fibre diet/drink 3 days before the procedure.
  • Only take clear liquid the day before the procedure
  • Drink liquid purgatives to allow a clear endoscopic inspection of the colonic wall.
  • Do not eat or drink 6 hours before the procedure.
  • Prior to the procedure, there will be a brief consultation to explain the procedure and the risks involved. A consent form will then be signed by the patient.
  • Remove the denture, accessories and metallic objects.

The procedure

  • The examination will be performed only when the patient is asleep after intravenous sedation has been administered to avoid any discomfort.
  • The procedure will be completed in 30 minutes.

Rest after the procedure

Private resting room is prepared after the procedure to give patient time to wear off the sedation. Family members can accompany during the time.


Points to note after the procedure

  • As patient is sedated, he/she should be accompanied by family members.
  • The sedation and the anaesthetics may temporarily affect one's co-ordination and reasoning skills, therefore, avoid driving, drinking alcohol, making any important decisions or signing legal documents in 24 hours after the procedure.