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.
- 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.