Colonoscopy in Bristol
At Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital, our expert endoscopists have access to the latest equipment so that they can offer a comprehensive diagnosis of bowel conditions. Read more…
|Initial consultation||from £200|
|Pre-assessment, Main treatment and Post-discharge care||£2,385|
Our prices are all-inclusive. We will equal any comparable price. There are no time limits on your aftercare.
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3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BN
Why choose Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital for my colonoscopy?
Our hospital has been a leading private healthcare hospital in Bristol for over 50 years. We provide fast access to the best treatments. We perform colonoscopies using state-of-the-art equipment that allows us to diagnose a number of bowel conditions.
With free on-site parking and a dedicated day case ward, we'll ensure that your colonoscopy procedure goes safe and smoothly. Even as a day patient, our nurses will make you as comfortable as possible, give you details about any follow-up appointments and even help you make arrangements for the journey home, if required.
What is a colonoscopy and are there alternative bowel treatments?
A colonoscopy is a test that allows your consultant to look at the inner lining of your large bowel. Sometimes a polyp (small growth) is the cause of the problem and the endoscopist may be able to remove it during the procedure. Other options include a barium enema (an x-ray test of the large bowel) or a CT colography (a special scan of the large bowel).
What does the procedure involve?
- If appropriate, the endoscopist may offer you a sedative or painkiller
- A colonoscopy usually takes between half an hour and three-quarters of an hour
- The procedure involves placing a flexible telescope into the back passage and blowing some air into the large bowel to get a clear view
- The endoscopist will be able to look for problems such as inflammation or polyps
- They will be able to perform biopsies and take photographs to help make the diagnosis.
What complications can happen?
- Allergic reaction
- Breathing difficulties or heart irregularities
- Making a hole in the colon
- Incomplete procedure.
- If you were given a sedative, you will normally recover in about two hours
- You may feel a bit bloated for a few hours but this will pass
- A member of the team will tell you what was found during the colonoscopy and will discuss with you any treatment or follow-up you need
- You should be able to go back to work the day after the colonoscopy.
A colonoscopy is usually a safe and effective way of finding out if you have a problem with your large bowel.