GASTROSCOPY - COLONOSCOPY

The examination allows for the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal tract diseases.  Biopsies and polypectomies may be performed during endoscopy.

Colonoscopy

Who needs a colonoscopy?
  • Those who want a prevention test.
  • Those who see blood in the stool, iron-deficiency anemia, abdominal pain.
  • Those with a family history of colon cancer.
  • Those who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease.

What preparation is needed?
Detailed instructions will be given by the doctor prior to the exam.

What shall I do with my medications?
Most medications should be continued unless the procedure or results are affected.

What happens if polyps are found?
Polyps are removed during the endoscopy if the size and shape allows.

Polypectomy is performed with bipolar snare in two stages:
1) hemostasis
2) cutting, ensuring a safe, clean cut with no bleeding.
After colonscopy the patient has to be escorted and driving is prohibited.

Note: Information is indicative and not absolute medical advice.  Your family doctor must be informed at all times.