What is a Colonoscopy ?
A Colonoscopy is a procedure to look inside your large bowel or colon. The doctor uses an instrument called a colonoscope. This is a long flexible tube with a camera and a light at the end of it.
Why would I have a Colonoscopy?
Colonoscopies are done for many reasons such as screening purposes for patients 50 years of age and older, due to a family history of colon cancer or a positive Fecal Occult Blood Test. We also do colonoscopies for patients experiencing symptoms like rectal bleeding, constipation, diarrhea, change in bowel habits, abdominal pain, weight loss, anemia, etc...
About the Procedure:
You will be instructed regarding cleaning your bowel the day before your procedure. To view the complete, printable version of the preparation instructions please see Prep. Instructions and follow the instructions that correspond to the prescription given to you by the doctor.
Sedation is given for these procedures so you will need to ensure that you have a ride home after the procedure is done. You may take a taxi home, but you still need someone to ride home with you.
The procedure takes about 20 to 30 minutes, but you will be in our facility for approximately 2 hours, which includes your procedure and recovery time.
How to book a Colonoscopy:
You need a referral to be sent from your family physician requesting that we see you for a consultation appointment to discuss what type of testing you will need to have done.
Sedation is used for this procedure, so all patients must ensure that they have someone to take them home, whether by car or taxi. Please note, if you are taking a taxi/Uber/Lyft, you will need someone other than the driver to accompany you home.