What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a procedure that examines the colon and large intestine. It tests to see if there are any abnormalities or the presence of pathogens.

When is a colonoscopy done?

Although a colonoscopy is most commonly known for testing for cancer, it can also help find the underlying causes of other worrying symptoms. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Chronic constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Anaemia due to low iron
  • Weight loss
  • Blood in stool

Individuals with a family history of colon cancer or conditions related to colon cancer are at an increased risk of being diagnosed. In this case, we may recommend that you come in for regular colonoscopies.

What to expect from the procedure

An anaesthetist will administer conscious sedation. You'll then be asked to lie on your left side. Once sedated, Dr Taylor will insert a long, flexible tube (colonoscope) into the rectum. A small video camera at the tip of the tube allows him to view the inside of the entire colon.

Dr Taylor may remove growths, called polyps, during the colonoscopy, which will then be tested in a laboratory for signs of cancer. He may also take samples from abnormal-looking tissues during the procedure. A colonoscopy procedure takes 20-25 minutes to complete.

* We also provide Colonoscopy screenings for Discovery Health Vitality members. Make a booking today - no need for a pre-consultation!