After you go home

A Colonoscopy is a procedure used to examine the large intestine (colon & rectum). The Consultant Gastroenterologist uses a long thin flexible colonoscope (scope), which is an instrument with a camera and apparatus that can enable the doctor to remove tissue if necessary.

Your GP may refer you for a Colonoscopy if you present with any of the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Altered bowel habits
  • Familial polyposis syndrome
  • Family history of Colon Cancer
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (eg Crohn’s; Ulcerative Colitis) Surveillance
  • Iron deficiency Anaemia
  • PR Bleeding
  • Previous Polyps
  • Rectal bleeding

This list is not exhaustive.

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Sigmoidoscopy

A Flexible Sigmoidoscopy is a procedure used to examine the lower large intestine (sigmoid colon). It is a variation on a Colonoscopy and again may be performed in relation to the list of symptoms presented above.

The Consultant Gastroenterologist uses a shorter flexible colonoscope (scope), which is an instrument with a camera and apparatus that can enable the doctor to remove tissue if necessary.