A colonoscopy is an exam that views the inside of the colon (large intestine) and rectum, using a tool called a colonoscope.
The colonoscope has a small camera attached to a flexible tube that can reach the length of the colon.
When you Were in the Hospital or Clinic
This is what the procedure involved:
- You were likely given medicine into a vein (IV) to help you relax. You should not feel any pain.
- The colonoscope was gently inserted through the anus and was carefully moved into the large intestine.
- Air was inserted through the scope to provide a better view.
- Tissue samples (biopsy or polyps) may have been removed using tiny tools inserted through the scope. Photos may have been taken using the camera at the end of the scope.