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Ballarat VIC 3350
Phone: 03 5331 8289
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Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is a procedure which examines the large bowel using a long thin tube with a camera and light on the end.

Colonoscopies are performed by our Surgeons and Gastroenterologists. They are preformed at St John of God Hospital, Ballarat Day Procedure Centre and the Base Hospital and some outlying regions. Not all our doctors perform these at all  centres. We are able to offer Open Access bookings for colonoscopy to suitable patients. (This means you may not have to have an appointment in the rooms first, but meet your doctor on the day of your procedure)

To book for this procedure bring your referral to our rooms so we can work out a date suitable for you and give you all the relevant paperwork and instructions. If you do not have private health insurance ask our staff to give you a quote for you to pay your own way, or explore if there are any other options available.

Why have a colonoscopy?

This procedure is undertaken to  detect inflamed tissue and growths (polyps) and to look for early signs of bowel cancer. This may also help to diagnose changes in bowel habit, weight loss, abdominal pain & anaemia. Biopsies and polyp removal can be performed during the procedure. The tissue removed is sent to the pathology laboratory for testing. (Results are usually available within a week)

Preparation

You will have to undergo a cleansing of the bowel – our doctors use Picolax & Gastrostop. Failure to follow this preparation accurately may result in poor bowel preparation and the cancellation of your procedure. During this preparation it is important that you drink plenty of fluid so you don’t dehydrate. Ask your doctor about the regular medications you take. Blood thinning medications are usually ceased up to a week prior to your procedure.

Procedure

This procedure is undertaken in a hospital or day procedure setting under sedation, usually as a day patient.  Under sedation you may not remember anything.  You will have an anaesthetist present to monitor you throughout the procedure. You will be only kept in hospital for a couple of hours after the procedure then should be able to go home. You will be given something to eat and drink before leaving. If you need to see your specialist after the procedure an appointment will be made at the time of discharge.

As you will have had sedation it is important that you have someone stay with you overnight, don’t drive a car or operate machinery, drink any alcohol or work for 24 hours.

Following your procedure report to your doctor if you experience bleeding, severe abdominal pain, fever or black tarry motions.