FAQs: Colonoscopy

What is a Colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is an examination of the inside of your large intestine, which includes your colon, rectum and anus. It's a type of endoscopy, which means that it uses an endoscope, a flexible tube with a lighted camera on the end that's inserted into your body. The procedure typically lasts between 20 to 45 minutes with another 30 minutes to an hour spent recovering from sedation. Colonoscopy is the most accurate method for diagnosing colon diseases (such as Colitis, Crohn's disease, or blockages), and is very important for diagnosing and preventing colon cancer by finding and removing polyps (pre-cancerous growths).

Who will perform my procedure & can I decide which specialist to see?

The procedure will be performed by a physician trained in endoscopy (gastroenterologist, general surgeon, or an internist).

Yes, you may request a specific specialist. Our goal is to provide timely service for all patients within the region; thus, it is important to note that timelines predetermined by clinical guidelines are accounted for during this process.

How will I be notified that my procedure has been booked?

Once your procedure has been booked, you will be contacted (via phone) with your appointment details, along with the procedure instructions and any additional information that you may need in
preparation. The pre-operative instructions will also be mailed or emailed to you.

What should I know prior to my colonoscopy?

  • Make your healthcare provider & specialist aware if you are taking blood thinners. These may need to be stopped or adjusted prior to your procedure
  • A ride home from a family member or friend is required for each patient
  • A bowel preparation is required prior to your colonoscopy (please follow the instructions provided by your specialist)

What should I expect after my colonoscopy?

Patients can expect mild pain following the procedure. If polyps were removed, some bleeding may be spotted in the stool.

For 24 hours following the colonoscopy:

  • Avoid alcohol and sedatives
  • Avoid any strenuous activity
  • Refrain from driving or operating any machinery
  • Do not sign any legal documents

How will I know my result?

All test results will be forwarded to the PCP by the physician who performed your procedure. As well, on the day of the procedure most specialists will provide you with a preliminary report of your results.