What Is Colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is an exam used to detect changes or abnormalities in the large intestine (colon) and rectum. During a colonoscopy, a long, flexible tube (colonoscope) is inserted into the rectum. A tiny video camera at the tip of the tube allows the doctor to view the inside of the entire colon.
A colonoscopy can take approximately 20-40 minutes depending on your anatomy, however, you can expect to be at the clinic with our team for about two hours. This time will include the filling of consent forms, patient history, consultation with our team, the procedure, and lastly, time in our recovery area where you will be monitored by a nurse.
Before beginning the procedure, you will be able to discuss whether you have chosen to receive conscious sedation which is administered intravenously. Choosing to undergo your colonoscopy with the use of conscious sedation can help make for a better, more calming experience. Patients who undergo sedation must be monitored by a nurse following the procedure.
During your colonoscopy, if any polyps are found, they will be removed immediately. In addition, we may take a biopsy* of your colon in order to confirm a diagnosis.
At the end of the procedure, you will meet with the doctor in order to receive your report. If you wish, the report may also be faxed or emailed to any referring physicians.
*Biospy results may take up to 4-6 weeks due to laboratory assay times.