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Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is an investigative procedure used to look at the inside of your large intestine. It can be used to check for signs of disease or illness, or to help diagnose symptoms such as pain, bleeding or a change of bowel habits.

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What happens during a colonoscopy?

You’ll be given a sedative and painkiller before your colonoscopy to make sure you're comfortable and relaxed. You’ll be asked to lie on your side and your doctor will insert the colonoscope gently into your rectum, using lubricating jelly to make the treatment as comfortable as possible. 

Air will be pumped into your bowel so the colonoscope can pass through more easily. 

Once in place the doctor will use the colonoscope to examine your bowel via images on a monitor. You may be asked to move slightly to help the doctor examine different parts of your bowel. If a biopsy or polyps removal is necessary, this can be done at the same time by passing small instruments through the colonoscope. The samples are then sent to a laboratory for investigation.

Colonoscopy with Bupa

A colonoscopy is quick and easy and usually takes around 30 to 60 minutes.

When you have your colonoscopy with us, you'll receive an aftercare package service. This includes a follow up appointment with a consultant.

In the unlikely event of any complications arising from your procedure, the cost of additional treatment required may also be covered subject to the terms and conditions of the package that you choose.

Speak to us today and find out more about how we can help make sure your colonoscopy is as comfortable as possible.

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