Colonoscopy

    • Examination, investigation & assessment of the large bowel
    • Team of leading specialist colorectal consultants
    • Cutting edge solutions. Modern hospital. State of the art facilities
    • Outstanding patient care before, during and after your procedure
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A colonoscopy is a procedure using a flexible telescope with a camera to view inside of the large bowel (colon).


Colonoscopy is usually used to investigate conditions of the bowel. In many cases a polyp is the cause of the problem and our endoscopists at Kingsbridge Private Hospital may be able to remove it during the procedure. Samples may be sent for examination to rule out other possible illnesses or conditions.  


Alternatives to colonoscopy?


Other options include a barium enema (an x-ray test of the large bowel) or a CT colography (a special scan of the large bowel). At your appointment this will be discussed with you in full and our Consultants will advise on the best course of treatment or investigation to best suit your individual needs.


Risks


A colonscopy is usually safe and the risk of complications is low (less than 5 in 1000).

Possible complications of a colonscopy include an infection in the part of the body that the scope is used to examine and excessive bleeding.


Preparing for a colonscopy


The colon must be free of solid matter for the test to be performed properly. For one to three days, you may be required to follow a low fiber or clear-liquid only diet. Clear fluids include apple juice, chicken and/or beef broth or bouillon, lemon-lime soda, lemonade, sports drink, and water.

It is very important that you remain hydrated during this time. Sports drinks are recommended as they contain electrolytes which are depleted during the purging of the bowel. Orange juice, prune juice, and milk containing fiber should not be consumed, nor should liquids dyed red, purple, orange, or sometimes brown; however, cola is allowed. In most cases, tea (no milk) or black coffee (no milk) are permitted before your examination. 

The day before the colonoscopy, you will be given a laxative preparation to help clear the bowel and allow clear examination.


What does the procedure involve?


A colonoscopy usually takes between 30-60 minutes. The procedure involves placing a flexible telescope into the back passage and blowing some air into the large bowel to get a clear view. This allows problems such as inflammation or polyps to be clearly identified. Biopsies and photographs may be taken to help make the diagnosis.

If appropriate, you may be offered a sedative or painkiller if required.

At Kingsbridge Private Hospital your consultant will advise you on the best course of treatment as well as answer any questions or concerns you have about the procedure.

Treatment Locations

Kingsbridge Private Hospital

811-815 Lisburn Road,
Belfast

Healthcare Professionals & Consultants

Dr Grant Caddy

Consultant Gastroenterologist

Mr Garth Beattie

Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon

Mr Ian McAllister

Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon

Mr Damian McKay

Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon

Mr Mark Taylor

Consultant General and Hepatobiliary Surgeon

Mr Barry Clements

Consultant General Surgeon

Mr Alistair Dick

Consultant Paediatric Surgeon

Mr Muhammad Yousaf

Consultant General Surgeon

Dr Christophe Hillemand

Consultant Gastroenterologist

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