Colonoscopy Instructions

ABOUT YOUR COLONOSCOPY

DATE OF YOUR PROCEDURE:

What is a colonoscopy?                             

A colonoscopy is a procedure that allows the whole of the large bowel to be examined. Prior to your colonoscopy, you will be provided with a preparation that will clean out your bowel to allow the lining of the bowel to be carefully examined.

What happens during the examination?

Prior to the examination, you will be given a sedative into the vein that will make you comfortable during the procedure.  You will likely remember little or nothing about the procedure. The colonoscope is a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera at the end, that is passed through the back passage and gently manoeuvred along the large bowel. As cancer of the large bowel arises from polyps (benign growths), if they are found, they should be removed. Tissue samples (biopsies) may be taken during the procedure.

The examination usually takes 15-20min.

Are there any risks?

Complications of colonoscopy are uncommon (1 in 1000 procedures). All tests especially associated with sedation pose some risk. These include intolerance to bowel prep, reaction to the sedative and rarely perforation (making a hole in the bowel) or bleeding. These complications are rare but if they do occur, may require surgery. If you would like a detailed explanation of all the risks of a colonoscopy, please ask your Gastroenterologist.

PLEASE INFORM US WITH IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING APPLY TO YOU:

Diabetic medications – may need to adjust your medications. Please contact us 1 week before your procedure.

Blood thinners – eg. warfarin, clopidogrel (iscover, plavix), rivaroxaban (xaralto), apixiban (Eliquis.) may need to be ceased. Please contact us 1 week before your procedure.

Taking Fe tablets and constipating agents (lomotil, codeine, imodium) – STOP 7 days before your colonoscopy.

You have a pacemaker/defibrillator arrangements may need to be made prior to your procedure. Please contact us I week before your procedure.

ADMISSION TIME:

Frankston Private Hospital Day surgery will send you a text message the working day prior to your procedure.

If you DO NOT have a mobile, you will need to phone 97961300 to obtain your admission time between 1230 pm-2pm the working day before.

DAY OF THE PROCEDURE:
  • Please bring your Private health insurance, Medicare card, Pension card/Health care card if applicable
  • Please bring a list of medications and your referral
  • Bring any asthma inhalers with you
  • Do not bring valuables with you
  • You will be in the centre for approximately 3-31/2 hours
  • You may wait 1-2 hours in the waiting room before you go into theatre
  • You MUST have someone to drive you home after the procedure
  • You will only be allowed to take a taxi if another adult accompanies you
  • You will need someone to stay with you overnight
  • You MUST NOT return to work or drive for the rest of the day
  • You MUST NOT operate heavy machinery, sign important documents or drive a commercial vehicle for 24hours after your procedure