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Colonoscopy

1.

Does the endoscopy procedure take place under general anaesthesia? How long will the procedure take place?

  No. General anaesthesia is relatively more risk, as it involves intubation and several kinds of medicine such as Muscle Relaxants. On the other hand, the intravenous sedation agents being injected before the endoscopy procedure will only make patients fall asleep. Patients will breathe normally and can be waken easily after the procedure.
   
2.

How long will the procedure take place?

 

Gastroscopy:    5-10 minutes
Colonoscopy:    About 30 minutes

   
3.

Will the endoscopy procedure cause any suffering?

  Traditional gastroscopy and colonoscopy are taken place when patients are awake. Nowadays, patients can choose to receive intravenous sedation agents injection. Patients will fall asleep after the injection. Endoscopy procedure will take place when the patients are sleeping and no discomfort will be felt.
   
4. Under what situation will colonoscopy be recommended?
 
  • Blood in stool
  • Chronic diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Change of bowel habit.
  • Reduce in caliber of stool
  • Mucus in stool
  • Persons aged 50 or above even without any symptoms should undergo screening.
   
5. What preparations are needed before undergoing a colonoscopy? What is the procedure?
  Follow the special eating and drinking instructions a few days before the procedure. Medicine for the cleaning of large intestine will be given to patients the night before the procedure. During the procedure, doctors will put a colonoscopy into patient's body through patient's anus.
   
6. When can I get the endoscopy result?
  The doctors can inform you on the condition of large intestine and stomach on the same day. If biopsy is needed, patients will receive their reports after 3-4 days.