Colonoscopy

The Colonoscopy is performed to examine and view the rectum and colon. This procedure helps to treat intestinal problems like colon cancer or inflammatory diseases.

Uses of the colonoscopy

Risk and Complications

Preparations for the procedure

  •  A day or two before the procedure, the patient will be put on a liquid diet. This is called bowel preparation. The patient may also be given an enema to prepare the bowel for the procedure.
  • Before the procedure, the patient will be advised to keep 8-10 hours of the gap from the last meal.
  • It would be advisable to get someone along with you to drive you home after the procedure.

During the procedure

  • A Colonoscopy generally lasts between 30-60 minutes and does not require admission in the hospital
  • The patient would have to change into an examination gown and lay down on the left side with knees bent.
  • Pain medications and sedatives will be given to the patient via IV through the arm.
  • For proper guidance, the surgeon will use the colonoscope by inserting it into the rectum. This flexible and long instrument, ½” in diameter and is equipped with a fiber-optic camera.
  • Small growths and tissue samples will be collected/removed with the help of special tools/attachment
  • The patient can go home after the sedation wears off.
  • He or she may experience cramping, flatulence, or even slight bleeding after the procedure.
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Travelers guide

  • Medical tourists would have to undergo bowel preparations a day or two before the procedure
  • Tourists can go back home after full recovery
  • Patients should not drive for 24 hours due to the effects of the sedation