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St. Maarten Medical Center
Our goal is to be clear and understandable to you regarding your care. We hope that you never hesitate to ask questions during or about your treatment, even after you have returned to your home. If you still have questions, concerns or need any extra information, please feel free to address your question to any of our staff in the Endoscopy Department
Colonoscopy is a procedure used to see inside the colon and rectum. Unlike sigmoid scope, which examines only the lower third of the colon, colonoscopy examines the entire length of the colon.
The sedative and pain medication will provide relaxation and produce a drowsy feeling.
You may feel pressure as the scope moves inside. Brief cramping and gas pains may be felt as air is inserted or as the scope advances. The passing of gas is necessary and should be expected.
Mild abdominal cramping and considerable passing of gas may occur after the exam.
The doctor can remove growths, called polyps, and/or tissue samples during colonoscopy and send to the laboratory for testing on signs of cancer and other abnormalities. The procedure, called a biopsy.
The patient must have someone to take him/her home after the procedure, as they will be woozy and unable to drive.