What to expect on the day of your colonoscopy
The information below is intended as a general guide only. What happens on the day of your colonoscopy can vary between hospitals/clinics. Follow the instructions provided and speak to your Doctor, Nurse or Pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns.
How long does a colonoscopy take?
Your Doctor/Nurse can advise you how long the procedure will take. Normally this be done as a day procedure. This will be done as an outpatient. You will probably need to allow extra time at the hospital/clinic before and after the procedure.
Will I be awake during the procedure?
You may or may not be sedated during the procedure. Your Doctor may offer you the option of a sedative. If you opt to have a sedative, you will need to make sure that you have someone to drive you home after the colonoscopy.
What happens during a colonoscopy?
The camera will be passed through your rectum and into the large bowel. To help guide the camera around the bowel you may need to change your position during the procedure. The Doctor may take photographs and samples (biopsies) from the lining of the bowel. Sometimes carbon dioxide (air) is used to inflate the bowel, so the bowel can be fully examined.