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Colonoscopy

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    What is a colonoscopy?

    A colonoscopy is a test that checks your colon (bowel) is healthy.

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    A colonoscopy is done at hospital. Usually you can go home the same day.

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    Before you go to hospital

    Before your appointment you might need to

    • Eat and drink certain foods only.
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    • Stop eating before your appointment.
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    • Take a special drink or tablets. These will make you go to the toilet.
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    The doctor or nurse will tell you about this before your appointment.

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    What happens at my appointment?

    When you get to hospital, you will have to change into a gown.

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    You will lie on a bed, on your side.

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    You will be given a jag in the back of your hand. This will make you feel sleepy.

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    The doctor will gently put a small camera up your bottom. The doctor might use gel on the camera and this will feel cold.

    You will feel the camera blowing air into your bottom. This is to help the doctor to see and should not be sore.

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    Sometimes, you might need to fart. This is normal so don't feel embarrassed.

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    This might feel strange or sore. If you are uncomfortable ask the doctor to stop.

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    The doctor will talk to you about the test results. Then you can usually go home.

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    You will feel sleepy after the hospital. It is important to avoid alcohol for the rest of the day.