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What is a Colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a test that doctors use to look for and remove adenomas and polyps, growths in the colon that if left untreated may turn into colon or rectal cancer. "This test is also used to screen for colorectal cancer itself."

Colonoscopy is the gold standard in the investigation of the colon and rectum.

Who needs one?

Everybody by the age of 50 should undergo a complete colonoscopy. At this age the overall risk of the patient developing colorectal cancer starts increasing.

Bowel cancer is the most common internal cancer in South Africa.

Why Colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy is the gold standard for investigation of the colon. It is used to examine the entire colon and rectum as well as used to biopsy either inflammation, polyps or tumours or/and to remove polyps or other specific abnormalities.

High risk groups

The biggest risk factor is age. Approximately 85% of tumours are diagnosed in patients of 60 years or over.

Diet is a risk factor for bowel cancer as are other lifestyle risk factors.

FAMILY HISTORY of bowel cancer is extremely important.

Preparation for Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy preparation is an important part of the colonoscopy procedure that is usually done at home, following directions given to you in our rooms.

Costs and Medical Aid

Colonoscopy is almost always done in my consulting/examination rooms in 303 Fairfield Medical Suites.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Will it hurt?

Q. What medications will I receive?

Q. Will I be asleep?

Q. Who will be in the room with me?

Q. How long does the procedure take?

Q. How long do I have to stay after my procedure is completed?

Q. When can I start eating and what can I eat after the colonoscopy?

Q. Can I go back to work today?

Q. Can I have this procedure if I am on blood thinning agents?

Q. Can I take my regular medication/s on the morning of the procedure?

Q. How long will the results take to come back?

Q. Can I watch the procedure on the screen?

Q. Are there any risks?

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For more information about Colonoscopy, please contact Dr Michael Elliot.