DR DOCRAT’S SURGICAL EXPERTISE
A colonoscopy procedure is used to examine for abnormalities or changes in the large colon/intestine and rectum. Dr Docrat is able to view the inside of the entire colon via a long, flexible tube (colonoscope) which has a camera at the end of it and is inserted into the rectum.
WHY MIGHT I NEED SURGERY?
You might need a colonoscopy screening if your doctor needs to either investigate intestinal signs and symptoms such as abdominal pain, rectal bleeding and chronic constipation, or to screen for colon cancer and/or look for polyps.
WHAT DOES THIS SURGERY ENTAIL?
A colonoscopy generally takes 30-60 minutes. During the colonoscopy procedure you will be asked to lie on your side in foetal position. You may be sedated according to the discretion of your doctor. This means you will still be awake but will be drowsy and have reduced awareness about what's happening. Your doctor will then carefully insert the colonoscope into your rectum. Once in the colon Dr Docrat will inflate your colon with air to allow for better visuals of the tissues. This allows for an accurate diagnosis. The camera on the colonoscope sends images to an external monitor so that your doctor can study the inside of your colon and look for any abnormalities that may be causing your symptoms. If abnormal tissues are found a sample of the tissue can be taken for biopsy and further testing. Your surgeon may also perform endoscopic intervention if the need arises.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER SURGERY?
After a colonoscopy procedure is performed, give your body 24 hours to get rid of the full effects of the sedative. You will need to ask someone to drive you home afterwards as you may still have effects of the sedative in your body. You can expect to feel bloated for a few hours after the exam, walking may help relieve any discomfort. You might also notice a trickle of blood during your first bowel movement after the exam but not to worry as this is part of the recovery process, but do consult Dr Docrat if this continues to persist or if you have abdominal pain or fever.