What is a Colonoscopy?


Colonoscopy is a procedure used to examine the large bowel. It allows a variety of operations to be carried out through the instrument.


Such operations will include taking tissue samples (biopsies), the removal of polyps, dilatation of narrowings and various treatments to arrest certain forms of bowel haemorrhage. Click here for more detail


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How am I prepared?


You will need to start a fluid diet for 2 days prior to your procedure, then follow your instructions on how and when to take your bowel preparation.


What are the alternative treatments?


Barium Enema, or virtual Colonoscopy using either CT or MRI imaging. Click here for more detail


How accurate is a Colonoscopy?


With a complete Colonoscopy, up to three percent of bowel cancers can be missed. This risk appears to be smaller for highly trained colonoscopists. Small benign polyps can be missed in up to six percent of cases.  Click here for more detail


What are the Risks?


Intolerance to colonic preparation

• Reaction to anaesthetic

• Bleeding

• Perforation (hole in the bowel)

• Acute diverticulitis can be exacerbated

• Damage to other organs.

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Special Considerations

  • You must advise the nursing staff if you are allergic or sensitive to any drug or other substance.

  • Cease iron tablets and drugs to stop diarrhea several days before the procedure.

  • Blood Thinning Medication – must be discussed with your doctor/specialist and with the nurse during your assessment.

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For your procedure, did you know?

  • You will be at the Centre for approximately 2-3 hours and should keep the entire day free to recover at home

  • We ask you to wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes and something warm if you feel the cold. No jeans please.

  • You should not plan air travel post procedure for 48 hours on domestic flights, and 14 days for international flights. *This also includes cruises, travel to remote areas and any travel outside of Australia*

Removal of Polyps


Best practice advises all polyps to be removed as long as it is safe to do so. Click here for more information.  If you have any queries, please discuss with the Doctor prior to your Procedure.  Click here for more detail


After your Colonoscopy


For the next 12 hours, you should :

  • not drive a motor vehicle

  • have a responsible adult to stay with you due to effects of anaesthetic used

  • avoid alcohol & the signing of any legal documents


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