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27 Tooley Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 2PR - 1.79 miles
London Bridge Hospital - 1.79 miles
27 Tooley Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 2PR
Recommended by 7 specialists
30 years of experience
Colonoscopy, Colorectal Surgery, Anal Fistula, Haemorrhoids + 26 more

Mr Asif Haq is a Consultant Laparoscopic Colorectal and Minimal Access Surgeon based at Kings College Hospital. He specialises in bowel cancer and coloproctological conditions. He is also has exceptional expertise in revision abdominal surgery in particular incisional hernia repair using the minimal access approach, abdominal wall reconstruction and reversal surgery for stomas (ileostomy and colostomy).

Mr Haq graduated in Medicine from the National University of Ireland in 1990, before undertaking his surgical training in England. Following this, he completed specialised colorectal training in London and Canada. He was awarded the Sir Ian Todd Fellowship and the New York travelling fellowship for research by the Royal College of Surgeons of England. After completing his training, he undertook two prestigious Laparoscopic Fellowships

Mr Haq is passionate about teaching both nationally and internationally. He is a trainer for the national training program for laparoscopic colorectal cancer surgery. He is also a member of the Network of Iranians for Knowledge and Innovation, traveling annually to hospitals in Iran to train and lead workshops for medical students and doctors. 


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St Thomas? Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom, SE1 7EH - 0.67 miles
Guy’s and St Thomas’ Private Healthcare - 0.67 miles
St Thomas? Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom, SE1 7EH
Recommended by 2 specialists
29 years of experience
Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Bloating + 32 more

Dr Simon Anderson is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at London Bridge Hospital, and also practises at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Foundation Trust. At the renowned London Bridge Hospital, Dr Anderson and his team carry out consultations, diagnosis and treatment of digestive and stomach diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and Crohn’s disease.

Dr Anderson graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1990. He then underwent higher specialist training at King's College Hospital (Liver Diseases and Intensive Care) and Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital (Gastroenterology) in London. He was awarded a Wellcome Institute Research Fellowship and went on to conduct full-time research at St Thomas' Hospital. He was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from the University of London in 2004. He was appointed Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist at Guy's and St Thomas' Foundation Trust in 2006 where he leads an acute general medicine firm.

His interests include all therapeutic endoscopy, colonoscopy and balloon enteroscopy, wireless capsule endoscopy and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). His research interests include techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of small-intestinal disease and ulcerative colitis. He is a lead investigator in a trial of the role of exercise in Crohn's disease and is a co-investigator into the genetics of IBD.

Patient testimonials highlight Dr Anderson's caring but professional approach with patients. He is also heavily involved in teaching the next generation of doctors, passing on his medical training and skills.

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Mr Arun Prasath Shanmuganandan - Colonoscopy Specialist
Poppy Lane Shirley Oaks Village, Croydon, United Kingdom, CR9 8AB - 9.15 miles
BMI The Shirley Oaks Hospital - 9.15 miles
Poppy Lane Shirley Oaks Village, Croydon, United Kingdom, CR9 8AB
Recommended by 2 specialists
21 years of experience
Colonoscopy, Haemorrhoids, Rectal Bleeding, Hernia + 63 more

Mr Arun Shanmuganandan is a consultant general and colorectal surgeon in a busy surgical unit at Croydon University Hospital. He specialises in laparoscopic (key-hole) surgery for diseases of the bowel including cancer of the colon and rectum. He also treats patients with benign bowel disorders like diverticular disease and inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

He is an advanced endoscopy practitioner, fully accredited by JAG (Joint Advisory Group on GI Endoscopy) for performing colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy and OGD (upper gastrointestinal endoscopy). He carries out endoscopic removal of large polyps of the bowel (EMR / ESD) and early cancers of the rectum (TEMS / TAMIS). He believes strongly in prevention and early diagnosis of bowel cancers and is a strong advocate of bowel cancer screening, which he is approved for.

His special interests also include treatment for benign anorectal conditions including haemorrhoids, anal fistula, anal abscesses and anal fissure. He offers various surgical options for treatment of haemorrhoids including rubber band ligation, THD, HALO, RAFAELO and traditional surgical haemorrhoidectomy.

He offers BOTOX for anal fissures and various surgical options for anal fistulas including fistula plug, gel, LIFT procedure and VAAFT (Video Assisted Anal Fistula Treatment) procedure. He provides surgical care for patients with pilonidal sinus disease. He also offers surgery for a wide range of general surgical problems.

In addition to surgical procedures, he provides wide-ranging, latest evidence based consultation on functional bowel disorders like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), constipation, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, acid reflux, indigestion, bloating and coeliac disease. He works closely with other allied specialties like gastroenterologists, dietitians and nutritionists, and believes strongly in a multi-disciplinary approach to improve his patients’ general gut health.

He takes a keen interest in teaching and training junior surgical trainees and is Surgical Tutor to the Royal College of Surgeons. He also is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at King’s College, London.

He has multiple publications in international, peer-reviewed journals and is currently the Principal Investigator for a multi-centre, NIHR and NICE approved trial on the use of FIT test, which is a less invasive screening tool for bowel cancers. He is a member of the Trauma Care delivery Group, Sepsis Taskforce and Research & Development Committee at Croydon University Hospital. He is also a member of the NICE FIT trial steering group.

Arun qualified from a reputed medical university in the south Indian city of Chennai. Following basic surgical training in India, he moved to the United Kingdom to pursue higher surgical training. He underwent most of his specialist surgical training, in general and laparoscopic colorectal surgery, in south west London, which resulted in his entry to the General Medical Council’s specialist register.

He enjoys spending his weekends with his wife and son, and his favourite pursuit is hiking in the beautiful Surrey countryside. He follows cricket and the premier league and enjoys playing football and tennis with his son.

Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopy Gastroscopy
  • Bowel cancer screening
  • Colorectal Cancer Surgery
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Fistula surgery
  • Laparoscopic (key-hole) surgery
  • Bowel Surgery
  • Skin Lesion Treatment
  • Bowel Cancer
  • Anal Cancer
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Bowel disorders
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Bowel Obstruction
  • Faecal Incontinence
  • Gut Health and Functional Bowel Disorders inc. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Haemorrhoids and Anal Fistula/Fissure
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41 Welbeck Street, London, United Kingdom, W1G 8DT - 1.24 miles
London Gastroenterology Centre - 1.24 miles
41 Welbeck Street, London, United Kingdom, W1G 8DT
Recommended by 10 specialists
18 years of experience
Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, Barrett's Oesophagus + 48 more

Dr. Sami is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and Honorary Associate Professor at University College London (UCL) and University College London Hospitals NHS Trust. The UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences is ranked #1 in London for Medicine and #10 in the world.

Dr. Sami trained at centres of excellence both in the UK and the USA including a dedicated advanced GI fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN which was recently ranked as the #1 hospital in the world!

He is the founder and director of Digestive Health UK. He has an exemplary track record in research, education and clinical care for patients. He completed a National Endoscopy Research Fellowship which lead to the award of a PhD. Since receiving his Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Education, has undertaken multiple teaching roles in undergraduate and postgraduate capabilities, as well as serving as a faculty member and speaker on several national and international courses and workshops.

Sarmed is proud to be the recipient of several prestigious awards including: the Cook Medical Marsha Dreyer award from the American Society for GI Endoscopy (ASGE); the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) out of programme award; and more recently, the Fellows-in-training award from the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG). He is also the lead author and co-author of over 40 high impact peer-reviewed publications and research abstracts in the field of Gastroenterology including the current UK guidelines on oesophageal dilatation.

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41 Welbeck St, Marylebone, United Kingdom, W1G8EA - 1.24 miles
London Digestive Health - 1.24 miles
41 Welbeck St, Marylebone, United Kingdom, W1G8EA
Recommended by 1 specialist
25 years of experience
Colonoscopy, Acid Reflux, Gastroscopy, Bloating + 15 more

Dr Sean Preston is a Consultant Gastroenterologist based at the Royal London Hospital, Barts Health, the UK's largest NHS Trust. He graduated from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, Paddington in 1995. The majority of his postgraduate training was centred at Barts and the London NHS Trust (a major London Teaching Hospital), in addition to a year spent in Sydney as an Advanced Endoscopy Fellow, prior to his appointment as a Consultant at Barts in 2006.

His clinical practice includes the diagnosis and treatment of gastro oesophageal reflux disease (heartburn), Barrett's oesophagus, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, in addition to diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy of the oesophagus, stomach and colon. He has a keen interest in gut health and gastrointestinal microbiota (bacteria, viruses and fungi) and uses both diet, pre and probiotics in the achievement and maintenance of optimal conditions within the bowel. Clinical consultations are structured to allow patients sufficient time to explain all their symptoms and to fully understand for the cause of their concerns.

His PhD, undertaken at Cancer Research UK, London, outlined the role of stem cells in gastrointestinal cancers and led to several significant publications in the field.

He is Director of Endoscopy at Barts Health and his endoscopic expertise relates to gastroscopy, colonoscopy and endoscopic ultrasound and he is an accredited colonoscopist for the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (requiring a rigorous accreditation process and continual audit of key performance indicators). He has written numerous key papers and book chapters on gastrointestinal cancer and continues his research in Barrett's oesophagus.

Dr Preston also featured in the 2013 Tatler Doctors Guide of Britain's top 250 consultants. He was President of the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine from 2015-2017 and is currently Chairman of the Specialists' Committee for the Independent Doctors' Federation.

As a founding partner of London Digestive Health, within London Digestive Centre, he works within the framework of first class clinical team of other London Teaching Hospital Gastroenterologists, in addition to GI surgeons, Radiologists, Oncologists and a Dietician. 

Dr Preston is also the Chair of Digestive Diseases and Renal Department at HCA Healthcare UK.

It is important that HCA is transparent about our relationship with those doctors who provide us with clinical guidance on delivering the best possible care to patients and operating our hospitals safely and efficiently. We set out here some of the ways in which we work together and the amount we pay this doctor for such services.

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Dr Raj Srirajaskanthan - Colonoscopy Specialist
27 Tooley Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 2PR - 1.79 miles
London Bridge Hospital - 1.79 miles
27 Tooley Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 2PR
Recommended by 6 specialists
20 years of experience
Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, Gastroscopy + 33 more

Dr Raj Srirajaskanthan is a consultant gastroenterologist and physician at London Bridge Hospital, Blackheath Hospital and Kings College Hospital, London. His specialist interests include gastrointestinal cancers, irritable bowel syndrome, endoscopy and neuroendocrine tumours (NETS). He was appointed Honorary Reader (≜ Associate Professor) of Gastroenterology at Kings College London.

He is a nationally accredited bowel cancer screening colonoscopist. He is Head of the Neuroendocrine tumour Unit of Kings Health Partners an accredited ENETS Centre of Excellence. He is the clinical lead of Gastroenterology of Kings College Hospital.

Following graduation from Guy’s, King’s and St. Thomas’ medical school with his medical degree and an intercalated BSc he undertook his post-graduate training in hospitals in Oxford, London and South East England.

He is accomplished in endoscopy and colonoscopy and has attended a number of advanced endoscopy courses. In addition, he was awarded the British Society of Gastroenterology travel fellowship to The Medical University of South Carolina, USA.

In 2010 he was awarded an MD (Res) from University College London following breakthrough

clinical research into neuroendocrine tumours. He is still actively involved in research and is vastly published in several journals. He has written and edited three textbooks on liver disease and neuroendocrine tumours. He has authored over 90 peer review papers and also 6 book chapters plus supervisor PhD students studying in the field of Neuroendocrine tumours.

He is a member of the British Society of Gastroenterology, The American Gastroenterological

Association, European Neuroendocrine Tumour Society. He is also an executive committee member of the United Kingdom and Ireland NET Society.

More information can be found @ www.gutspecialist.com

It is important that HCA is transparent about our relationship with those doctors who provide

us with clinical guidance on delivering the best possible care to patients and operating our hospitals safely and efficiently. We set out here some of the ways in which we work together and the amount we pay this doctor for such services.

Diseases, Medical

Tests and Treatments

· Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)

· Sigmoidoscopy

· Gastroscopy

· Endoscopy

· Colonoscopy

· Bowel Cancer Screening

· Upper Gastrointestinal Conditions (Oesophagus & Stomach)

· Oesophagitis

· Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

· Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) Such As Ulcerative Colitis Or Crohn's

Disease

· Heart Burn

· Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) Or Reflux

· Food Intolerance

· Functional Bowel Disease

· Gallstones

· Gastric (Stomach) Ulcers

· Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)

·  Neuroendocrine tumours

Dyspepsia (Indigestion)

· Constipation

· Coeliac Disease

· Colitis (Ulcerative Colitis)

· Barrett's Oesophagus

· Bloating

· Acid Reflux

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27 Tooley Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 2PR - 1.79 miles
London Bridge Hospital - 1.79 miles
27 Tooley Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 2PR
Recommended by 6 specialists
31 years of experience
Colonoscopy, Gastroscopy, Endoscopy, Acid Reflux + 35 more

Dr John O’Donohue is a Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist in London, UK.

Dr O'Donohue qualified from University of Dublin, Trinity College, in 1987. He was then awarded the Blaney Gold medal for First in Medicine, St James' Hospital. In 1990 Dr O’Donohue then moved to London and trained in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at King's College Hospital Liver Unit, St. Bartholomew's/Homerton London, and Western Infirmary, Glasgow.

Dr O’Donohue maintains a comprehensive gastroenterology practice dealing with a comprehensive range of diseases of the upper and lower digestive tract. Performing high-quality and comfortable endoscopy is a particular interest of his. He has also interests in service development in endoscopy, and has helped to set up national accreditation schemes in endoscopy and bowel cancer screening services in the UK and London. Dr O’Donohue's hard work and research has not gone without recognition; he was awarded national-level Clinical Excellence Award by the Department of Health.

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Watford Rd, Middlesex, Harrow, Harrow, United Kingdom, HA1 3UJ - 9.48 miles
St. Mark's Hospital - 9.48 miles
Watford Rd, Middlesex, Harrow, Harrow, United Kingdom, HA1 3UJ
Recommended by 1 specialist
32 years of experience
Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, Colitis (Ulcerative Colitis), Crohn’s Disease + 51 more

Dr Maxton Pitcher is a Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist and sees private patients at BMI The Clementine Hospital and also at OneWelbeck Digestive Health. His NHS base is at the internationally-respected St Mark’s Hospital, a specialist centre for digestive diseases at Northwick Park in Harrow. He is renowned for being a highly-experienced diagnostician and for his specialist expertise in therapeutic upper GI endoscopy and ERCP. He has a research interest in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and general Gastroenterology interests including undiagnosed abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and eosinophilic oesophagitis. He is available for face-to-face consultations and welcomes referrals for a second opinion in difficult cases. Telephone and video consultations have become popular during the COVID-19 pandemic and can be booked via his private secretary, Amanda Jolly. A bespoke service is available upon request.

Dr Pitcher trained in Medical Sciences at the University of Cambridge and later qualified from the University of Oxford in 1988. He completed a Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Cambridge in 1996. He was elected as Chairman of Medicine at St Mark’s by his colleagues in 2007 and Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee at BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital in 2010.

Maxton is an accomplished classical violinist and Concertmaster of the European Doctors Orchestra. He has featured on the Sky News Kay Burley Show and his musical videos of live performance to patients during the COVID-19 pandemic have been seen by hundreds of thousands on-line all over the world. He is also a keen golfer, SCUBA diver and occasional horse rider.


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41 Welbeck St, Marylebone, United Kingdom, W1G8EA - 1.24 miles
London Digestive Health - 1.24 miles
41 Welbeck St, Marylebone, United Kingdom, W1G8EA
Recommended by 1 specialist
19 years of experience
Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, Bowel Cancer Screening, Diarrhoea + 28 more

Dr Adam Humphries is a consultant gastroenterologist and specialist endoscopist at St Mark's Hospital, Harrow, an internationally recognised centre of excellence for intestinal disorders and endoscopy. He is the Clinical Lead for Endoscopy and his sub-specialist interests include bowel cancer screening and prevention (nationally accredited bowel cancer screening colonoscopist), colonoscopy and polypectomy, gastroscopy, small bowel diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, video capsule endoscopy, trans-nasal endoscopy and double-balloon enteroscopy. Dr Humphries also leads the small bowel endoscopy service at St Mark's Hospital, a national referral centre and one of only a few sites in the UK that provides double-balloon enteroscopy for the diagnosis and treatment of small bowel diseases.

In 2007 Dr Humphries was awarded a Cancer Research UK Clinical Research Fellowship and subsequently gained a PhD in 2012 from University College London for his research into the biology of gastrointestinal tumours. He has published in prestigious, peer-reviewed scientific journals, presented work at a variety of national and international meetings and published a number of book chapters. Dr Humphries' current academic interests include bowel cancer prevention, evolution of pre-cancerous growths (polyps) within the gut and the diagnosis and treatment of small bowel diseases.

Dr Humphries qualified from Imperial College Medical School in 2002 and undertook his specialist gastroenterology training within London from 2005-2013. He then completed a fellowship in advanced and small bowel endoscopy at St Mark's Hospital before being appointed to the Consultant staff.


Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments
  • Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Gastroscopy
  • Bowel Cancer Screening (nationally accredited bowel cancer screening colonoscopist)
  • Polypectomy
  • Trans-nasal Gastroscopy
  • Video Capsule Endoscopy
  • Double Balloon Enteroscopy
  • Bowel cancer prevention and screening (nationally accredited bowel cancer screening colonoscopist)
  • Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Gastroscopy
  • Polypectomy and EMR
  • Video Capsule Endoscopy
  • Double Balloon Enteroscopy
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Small bowel diseases
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Dr. Simon Peake - Colonoscopy Specialist
1 Welbeck St, Marylebone, London, London, United Kingdom, W1G 0AR - 1.08 miles
OneWelbeck - 1.08 miles
1 Welbeck St, Marylebone, London, London, United Kingdom, W1G 0AR
Recommended by 6 specialists
18 years of experience
Colonoscopy, Gastroscopy, Bloating, Colitis (Ulcerative Colitis) + 29 more

Dr Simon Peake is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, a large university teaching hospital in central London. Dr Peake qualified from Imperial College London in 2003 with honours and a distinction. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London in 2006 and completed a Doctorate of Medicine in 2015 at Imperial College. His postgrduate research was carried out in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and he is currently the lead for IBD at the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trsut. He has many professional memberships including Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG), European Crohn's and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) and American Gastroenterology Association (AGA). 

His specialist interests include Inflammatory Bowel Disease, change in bowel habit (constipation / diarrhoea), investigation and mangement of chronic diarrhoea, investigation and management of acid reflux, rectal bleeding, abdominal pain and/or abdominal bloating, and Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

His endoscopic practice includes all aspects of endoscopy, including diagnostic/therapeutic gastroscopy, BRAVO capsule insertion for investigation of acid reflux and diagnostic/therapeutic colonoscopy. His endoscopy metrics are consistently above national standards of excellence. 


Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments
  • Colonoscopy
  • Polypectomy
  • Gastroscopy
  • Bowel cancer screening
  • BRAVO capsule (for acid reflux) 
  • Investigation and management of chronic diarrhoea
  • Colonoscopy and polypectomy
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Acid reflux and heartburn
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease)
  • BRAVO capsule
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Gastroscopy
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What is a Colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a type of endocopy which is carried out when a doctor needs to examine your large bowel (large intestine, colon and rectum). A flexible tube about 1cm thick which as a light and camera at one end is passed through the anus and moved around the large bowel to see the lining of the bowel. This is often an outpatient procedure which takes about an hour to complete. After you have recovered from the effects of a sedative, you are usually able to go home.

How is a Colonoscopy performed?

The procedure is carried out by a specialist doctor or nurse called an endoscopist. You will be offered a sedative and painkiller to help you relax and feel comfortable during the procedure. The sedative will make you sleepy but not put you to sleep. You will lie on your side with your knees bent and the doctor will pass the tube up through the anus into the large bowel. First, air will be passed through a channel in the endoscope to expand the bowel and make it easier to see the lining. This may make you feel slightly bloated or need to go to the toilet but you will not be able to as there will not be anything in your bowel. During the procedure you may feel some discomfort when the tube is first inserted and as it moves around your bowel but you should not feel any pain. You may have to move around slightly or a nurse press on your abdomen (tummy) to help move the colonoscopy in the right direction. Sometimes biopsies can be taken by passing instruments through the colonoscope – this is a painless procedure. If there are small growth on the lining of your bowel (polyps) these will be removed. They are usually not cancerous but could become canceorus.

How to prepare for a Colonoscopy?

To make sure the specialist carrying out the procedure has a clear view of your colon, it must be empty. The day before your procedure you can only eat low fibre food such as white bread, jelly, fish and ice cream. On the day of your procedure you will take a laxative to clear your bowel. This can feel like diarrhoea so the day before your procedure you should aim to drink a glass of water every hour to stop you getting too dehydrated. If you are on any medication, you should discuss this when the doctor beforehand and they will tell you whether to continue with those medications the few days before the procedure.

What happens after the procedure?

After the procedure you will be taken to the recovery area. If you have had sedation you will be given time to rest and let the sedative wear off. Someone should escort you home and stay with you for 24 hours, your procedure may be cancelled and rearranged for another time when someone can stay with you. In the first 24 hours after your exam you cannot drive or ride a bicycle or car, operate heavy machinery, drink alcohol, take sleeping tablets, go to work or make important decisions due to the effects of the sedation. If you did not have sedation, you should be able to go home straight away. You may feel bloated after the procedure from the air which was passed into your bowel from your procedure but this should pass easily and quickly.

Colonoscopies are routine procedures with few risks. However, in rare cases there may be a perforated bowel (1/1000) which will need to be repaired surgically. If you have had a polyp removed or a biopsy taken, there is a small risk of bleeding which will usually stop itself.

There are also some low risks with sedation of difficulty breathing or heart problems. You are monitored throughout the procedure and the sedation can be reversed if there is a problem though.