Colonoscopy

[ko″lon-os´kah-pe] A colonoscopy is an exam used to detect changes or abnormalities in the large intestine (colon) and rectum.

What is a Colonoscopy?

During a colonoscopy your colorectal surgeon will use a thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope to look at the colon and check for abnormalities.

If you need a colonoscopy, it’s normal to want to know what happens in a colonoscopy, and what happens afterwards.

Be assured that a colonoscopy is normally a straightforward procedure. There are many reasons why you might require this procedure. Your colorectal surgeon will explain the details to you, and help you to prepare.

Your colonoscopy will typically give your colorectal surgeon some more information about your health. Any findings or recommendations will be discussed with you after your procedure.

If you’d like to arrange a colonoscopy, speak to your GP for a referral or speak to one of our friendly staff.

After Your Procedure

After the colonoscopy, it’s relatively common to feel a bit bloated. You might also have some crampy pains in your abdomen. These symptoms normally settle relatively quickly, as the gas is expelled and reabsorbed. Occasionally, there might be a small amount of blood passed, too.

Things to Watch Out For

If you’ve undergone this procedure, and you notice any of these symptoms, you should contact your doctor for further treatment

  • Severe Pain

    Severe pain in the abdomen that is made worse by movement

  • Bleeding

    Excessive bleeding from the anus with clots

  • Fever, Shaking or Sweating

    Fevers, shakes or sweats

Of course, if you have any further questions about what happens in a colonoscopy or afterwards, you’re welcome to speak with your colorectal surgeon. We’re here to answer your questions and make sure you feel informed about your health care. You should also contact us after your procedure, if you experience any of the symptoms listed above.

You can reach Coast Colorectal on (07) 5598 0825 during business hours, Monday to Friday. If it’s a weekend or after hours, please contact your GP or hospital instead.