The colonoscopy exam takes usually between 15-20 minutes to perform. More time may be necessary if polyps need to be removed.
2.Will it hurt?
Most people don’t find these exams painful, although some people have more discomfort than others. Most patients are given medicine to make them sleep through a colonoscopy, so they don’t feel much. During the test, air is pumped into the colon to keep it open. The air pressure may cause some discomfort and cramping.
3.Will I be in a private room?
Colonoscopy is done in a private room in the endoscopy suite. The patient’s privacy is very important. Only the doctor and the assisting nurses will be present during the exam. Throughout the exam, you will be covered with a blanket, exposing only what is necessary.
4.How will I feel afterwards?
Most people feel OK after a colonoscopy. You could feel a bit dizzy and tired from the sedatives. After the colonoscopy, nurses in the recovery room will watch you for about 1 hour. You might have some gas because of the air that was pumped into the bowel, which can cause cramping and discomfort. You will feel better once you let the gas out. Because of the medicines given for the test, you will need someone to take you home.
5.Can I drive home afterwards?
If you were sedated for the exam, you are not allowed to drive home. In fact, you are not allowed to drive for at least 8 hours afterwards. Even if you were not sedated, it is best to have someone accompany you and drive you home.
6.What if they find something?
If a small polyp is found, your doctor will probably remove it during the test. If your doctor sees a large polyp, a tumor, or anything else abnormal, a biopsy will be done. The polyp or biopsy is sent to a pathology lab to be analyzed under a microscope.