Colonoscopy is used to identify the cause of alterations in bowel habit, abdominal pain or rectal bleeding.


The bowel must be empty. You will be advised of the need to take a clear fluid diet during the 24 hrs before the procedure and will be prescribed a cleansing preparation to take in order to ensure the bowel is clean.

It will take a little time for the effects of the sedative to wear off. You will need to have an escort to take you home and someone who is able to stay with you. You will be advised not to drive for 24 hrs.

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