How is a colonoscopy performed?
Your appointment will last approximately two hours, with procedure itself taking approximately one hour. Upon arrival to your assigned endoscopy center or hospital GI lab you will complete paperwork, change into a gown and a trained nurse will start an IV. A nurse anesthetist or anesthesiologist will then administer a safe, fast-acting sedative through your IV to make you comfortably asleep during the procedure. While asleep your Digestive Health Associates of Texas, P. A. gastroenterologist will pass a small flexible high definition camera, thinner than the size of your finger, called a “colonoscope” through your colon. During the prodecure, polyps or other types of abnormal tissue are removed through the scope using a variety of techniques including biopsy forceps and cautery snares.
After your colonoscopy is complete and upon waking up, your Digestive Health Associates of Texas, P. A. gastroenterologist and staff will discuss the findings with you and your family. Because sedatives cause temporary changes in your reflexes and judgment, you will need someone to take you home after your procedure. Unless otherwise specified, you are able to resume a normal diet once you are awake and you will be able to return to normal daily function the following day.