This involves a flexible tube with a light source and camera (colonoscope) being placed through the anus to inspect the large bowel (Colon) and occasionally the junction of the large and small bowel. It usually takes 20 to 40 minutes and is undertaken with analgesia and sedation. This procedure also involves dietary modification for 1 to 2 days, in addition to laxatives the day before – and sometimes the morning of the procedure. If polyps are located they are usually removed immediately. For a full information leaflet please download the following file.
Adapted from the British Society of Gastroenterology