What is colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a procedure to look at the inside of the large bowel (colon). The aim is to pass the tube around the large bowel. Some air needs to be blown in through the camera so clear views can be obtained of the bowel. 

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What does a colonoscopy procedure involve?

You’ll be offered a sedative injection to help you relax. Your consultant will ask you to lie on your left-hand side. They will then pass a flexible tube carefully through your anus to your bowel. They’ll examine the images from the camera as it moves through your body.  

To help your consultant see your bowel more clearly, a small amount of air will be pumped through the tube to your bowel. If they notice any problems, they can take a tissue sample or remove polyps by passing another instrument through the endoscope.  

What complications can happen?

As with all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you and answer any questions you may have. If you have a sedative, we’ll ask you to wait with us until it wears off. You won’t be able to drive so please ensure you arrange for someone to take you home.  

How soon will you recover?

You should be able to get back to your usual routine the next day. It’s normal to feel bloated and windy immediately after your colonoscopy but it shouldn’t last too long. You might also have some stomach cramps. If you start to bleed heavily or experience pain, let your consultant know straight away. 

These procedures are conducted in our bespoke endoscopy suite, consisting of two procedure rooms, eight admission/recovery bays, state of the art integrated decontamination facilities, with dedicated reception and waiting areas to ensure your visit is as comfortable as possible.  

Our endoscopy suite is home to dedicated consultants and a friendly nursing team all with experience in working in some of the best endoscopy facilities in London and beyond.

Ways to pay

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A fixed term loan, provided by our partners Chrysalis Finance, will allow you to spread the cost of treatment and allow you to pay in monthly instalments over a time period to suit you.

Medical insurance

If you have private medical insurance you can get referred to a Healthshare Clinic for the very best treatment. Contact your insurance provider to pre-authorise your treatment today.

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