Table of Contents
- What is colonoscopy?
- Why is colonoscopy done?
- What bowel preparation is needed for colonoscopy?
- What about current medications or diet before colonoscopy?
- What should I expect during colonoscopy?
- What if there are abnormalities detected during colonoscopy?
- What should I expect post colonoscopy?
- What are the possible complications or alternatives to colonoscopy?
- What is virtual colonoscopy?
- What's new in colonoscopy?
- What's new in colonoscopy? (Continued)
What is colonoscopy?
Colonoscopy is a procedure that enables an examiner (usually a gastroenterologist) to evaluate the inside of the colon (large intestine or large bowel). The colonoscope is a four foot long, flexible tube about the thickness of a finger with a camera and a source of light at its tip. The tip of the colonoscope is inserted into the anus and then is advanced slowly, under visual control, into the rectum and through the colon usually as far as the cecum, which is the first part of the colon.