Colonoscopy FAQs

How long is a Colonoscopy?

Usually 30-45 minutes. If the doctor see small growths or polyps, he or she will remove the tissue with tiny instruments and send to lab. After your colonoscopy, you will recover for 30 minutes.  

I am having a Colonoscopy, what do I need to bring with me?

  • Plan to be there for 2 hours.
  • Bring your driver.
  • Insurance Card(s).
  • Your medication list.
  • CPAP Machine.
  • Leave jewelry, watch, phone and wallet at home or in with your driver.

What are the risks with Colonoscopy?

  • A tear (termed perforation) in the colon wall may require a surgery and hospitalization.
  • Infection.
  • Aspiration (breathing in food or fluid if stomach is not completely empty.
  • Bleeding after a biopsy or polyp removal.
  • Skin reaction, low blood pressure, or Apnea (pauses in your breathing).

What Are the benefits of Colonoscopy?

  • It gives your doctor information about whether or not colorectal cancer is present.
  • Polyp, if found, are removed and prevent you from forming cancer.
  • Biopsies for symptoms can lead to diagnosis.
  • Problems are rare and this procedure is considered to be extremely safe.

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