Lower GI endoscopy (Colonoscopy)
What symptoms may be investigated via colonoscopy?
- Abdominal pain
- Changes in bowel habits
- Bleeding from the bowels
- Unexplained weight loss
What conditions may be diagnosed with the aid of a colonoscopy?
- Colonic or rectal Polyps
- Colon cancer
- Rectal cancer
- Diverticular disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
What is involved in having a lower GI endoscopy (Colonoscopy)
The colonoscope is inserted via the anus and passed through the entire colon and often into the last part of the small bowel. Biopsies may be taken during the procedure and any polyps found may be removed for further assessment and to prevent any future malignant change. If other procedures are to be carried out during the colonoscopy, these may include treatment of any haemorrhoids found.
In preparation for a colonoscopy, you will need to be on a low fibre diet for a few days. In the 24 hours prior to the procedure, you will be on a clear fluid diet only and you will need to take doses of ‘bowel prep’ formulations that clear the bowel of all faecal matter. Detailed instructions will be provided to you prior to your procedure by our rooms.
This is performed as a day procedure, meaning you will not need to stay overnight in hospital. The procedure usually takes under 30 to 45 minutes and is performed under sedation (not a full general anaesthetic) administered by an experienced Specialist Anaesthetist. You will spend a total of three to four hours in the hospital. You will need to be driven home by a friend or family member. You will not be able to drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours after the procedure.
Where will my colonoscopy be performed?
Dr Andrew Russell performs all colonoscopies in the accredited Day Surgery Unit of Mater Private Hospital, Rockhampton.
Dr Andrew Russell has been performing colonoscopy & gastroscopies since 1990, and conservatively has performed more than 20,000 examinations.