FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What happens during a colonoscopy?
A: While you are sedated, a flexible tube fitted with a tiny video camera is inserted into the rectum and passed through your entire colon. The camera can then detect any polyps, cancer or diseases such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, throughout the entire colon.

Q: What is a sigmoidoscopy?
A: This procedure is performed to view your lower colon including the rectum, sigmoid colon, and may include the descending colon.

Q: What are the risks of the procedure?
A: All medical procedures have risks associated with them, but your physician will do everything to minimize them. With a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy, the risks include perforation (1 per 2,000 to 3000 procedures), bleeding (0.2 to 4 per 1,000, majority of which is minor), and minor cardiorespiratory complications can occur, which are easily treated with proper equipment. Serious cardiorespiratory complications are rare if appropriate precautions are followed.

Q: How do I prepare for the test?
A: You should carefully follow the preparation instructions given to you by your doctor. In general, you should not eat anything for 24 hours before your test. Clear liquids like broth, apple juice and tea are acceptable up to 4 hours before your test. If there is stool left in the bowel, your doctor may need to reschedule the test.

Q: How long does the procedure take?
A: The actual procedure takes only 10 to 30 minutes. Before it begins, you will be given sedation to help you relax during the procedure. Once you are fully awake – usually within 30 to 90 minutes after the procedure – you will be discharged.

Q: Can I drive home?
A: No, if you receive sedation you will need someone to drive you home after the procedure. Failure to have a person escort you home will result in your procedure being cancelled. This is for your personal safety, our utmost concern.

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