Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is a procedure used to detect inflamed tissue, ulcers, and abnormal growths. The procedure is used to diagnose unexplained changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain, bleeding from the anus, and weight loss, which can be an indicator of many illnesses and diseases. You will either have a full colonoscopy or left-sided colonoscopy.

Introduction

  • A full colonoscopy is a visual examination of the lining of your bowel. It is performed by passing a small flexible tube through the rectum into the colon, which has a camera and a light on the tip, used to look at the area being examined. To allow a clear view during the examination, your colon (bowel) must be empty. You will be given instructions about taking laxative solutions/preparation(s) to clear the bowel, in advance of the test.

    The test itself varies in length lasting from 15-60 minutes. However you can expect to be in the department for a couple of hours, as you will have sedation.

  • A left sided colonoscopy is a visual examination of the inside of the rectum (back passage) and sigmoid colon (bowel). It is performed by passing a small flexible tube through the rectum into the lower left side of the colon.

    To allow a clear view of your colon, it must be empty. To enable this you will be given a small enema prior to the examination. You do not need to fast for this procedure. The test itself is quite short, lasting approximately 5-10 minutes. However you can expect to be in the department for a couple of hours – this depends on the whether or not you have sedation.

The Procedure

    • You will receive sedation for the procedure. Your must not travel home unaccompanied or drive
    • You will lie on your left side and an examination of your rectum will be carried out
    • The tube will be passed through the rectum into the colon
    • During the test air will be passed into your colon to inflate the area to give a better view of the area being examined
    • If necessary the doctor may take a small piece of tissue for biopsy
    • You may feel some abdominal (stomach) cramps and some pressure from the tube. This is normal and will pass quickly
    • A nurse will stay with you throughout the examination

    For more information click here for the Full Colonoscopy patient information leaflet.

    • This test is not normally performed under sedation but in some cases it may be required
    • You will lie on your left side and an examination of your rectum (back passage) will be carried out
    • The tube will be passed through the rectum into the colon (bowel)
    • During the test air will be passed into your colon to inflate the area to give a better view of the area being examined
    • If necessary the doctor may take a small piece of tissue for biopsy
    • You may feel some abdominal (stomach) cramps and some pressure from the tube. This is normal and will pass quickly
    • A nurse will stay with you throughout the examination

    For more information click here for the Left Sided Colonoscopy patient information leaflet.

Insurance & Pricing

For the majority of patients endoscopy procedures are carried out as a day-case procedure. The vast majority of insurance plans offer 100% cover for day-case procedures at the Mater Private. Patients with no insurance cover also have access to the Mater Private and will be given a procedure cost estimate in advance of treatment.

At the Mater Private we are happy to help patients understand what, if any cost, they may incur for any procedure. To do this there a few simple steps

  1. Check the name of your plan
  2. Check your plan number
  3. Confirm the procedure name with your Consultant
  4. Call us on 021 601 3267 with the above details