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Oxford, The Manor Hospital

Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
Diagnostic Imaging (appointments and enquiries) 01865 307 437
Nurses' Station (for inpatients only) 01865 307 579
Physiotherapy (appointments only) 0333 305 7905
Reception and all general enquiries 01865 307777
New treatment enquiries 01865 307750
Accounts 01865 987 653
Physiotherapy (enquiries) 01865 307 533

Why choose Nuffield Health Oxford Hospital for my colonoscopy?

Our hospital is one of the most modern and technologically advanced in the UK. Our expert endoscopists are supported by our excellent matron-led nursing team. We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional, individual care.

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.

If you require a colonoscopy and don't want to be to on an endless waiting list, get in touch today to arrange your rapid access to treatment/diagnosis.

Colonoscopy

  • A colonoscopy is a test regularly carried out at our Oxford Hospital that allows our consultant to look at the inner lining of your large intestine, (rectum and colon)
  • We use a thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope to look at the colon
  • A colonoscopy helps identify conditions such as ulcers, colon polyps, tumours and inflamed areas of inflammation.

Are there any alternatives to a colonoscopy?

Yes, other options can include a barium enema (an x-ray of the large bowel) or a CT colography (a special scan of the large bowel).

What does a colonoscopy 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
  • Bleeding
  • Incomplete procedure.

How soon will I recover from my colonoscopy?

  • If you were given a sedative, you will normally recover in approximately 2 hours
  • You may feel a bit bloated for a few hours but this will pass
  • Your consultant will report back to you the findings of your colonoscopy.
  • Most of our patients are able to go back to work the day after the colonoscopy.

Summary

A colonoscopy is usually a very safe and effective way of finding out if you have a problem with your large bowel.