What can a colonoscopy help treat?

Written by: Mr Andrew Aldridge
Edited by: Conor Lynch

Have you ever wondered whether or not a colonoscopy is painful to undergo? What about recovery from it? On hand in this article here to clarify these doubts that you might have is esteemed consultant colorectal and general surgeon, Mr Andrew Aldridge.

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a camera examination which allows us to look at the colon (the large intestine). It is the gold standard investigation to look at this area, and is very important as this is an area where things can go wrong. Colonoscopies are mainly carried out to either confirm or rule out bowel cancer.


What can a colonoscopy help treat?

A colonoscopy can help diagnose and treat bowel cancer, and polyps, and diverticular disease. Polyps, in particular, can be pre-cancerous, and so they need to be removed. The vast majority of polyps can be taken out via a colonoscopy.


What are the signs that you should have a colonoscopy?

The most important warning signs that should prompt patients to undergo a colonoscopy is a change in bowel habit, and rectal bleeding. Cases of abdominal pain and weight loss can also, in some cases, warrant a colonoscopy investigation.


How painful is a colonoscopy?

It shouldn’t be a painful procedure and for the vast majority of people, it is a fairly straightforward affair. Sedatives can be given, and when administered, people tend not to remember the procedure even taking place.


Are you awake during a colonoscopy?

Yes. The vast majority of people will undergo a colonoscopy via what we call “awake sedation”, where you are aware of your surroundings but you are comfortable. There are many people who choose not to have any form of sedation. There are rare cases when people find that they require a general anaesthetic.


What is recovery time like?

Recovery from a colonoscopy is generally very quick. If you have no sedation, recovery is immediate. If you have a bit of sedation, we will ensure that you don’t drive yourself home, and will make sure that you can walk unassisted.


Don’t hesitate to book an appointment with Mr Andrew Aldridge. To do so, you can head on over to his Top Doctors profile today.

By Mr Andrew Aldridge

Mr Andrew Aldridge is a highly esteemed consultant colorectal and general surgeon, who specialises in colorectal cancer, colonoscopy, a full range of hernia surgery, laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, rectal prolapse, rectal bleeding, as well as haemorrhoids and haemorrhoid surgery. He is currently consulting at the Eastbourne-based Old Orchard Consulting Rooms, and is a member of Sussex Premier Health.

Mr Aldridge, who also possesses expertise in gallstones, abdominal pain, change in bowel habit, anal fistula and inflammatory bowel disease, qualified in medicine with an MBBS in 1989 at St George's Hospital Medical School, University of London, before becoming FRCS via the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1994. He completed research with an MS thesis degree in 2001.

Mr Aldridge boasts extremely impressive surgical outcomes in multiple areas, particularly in the realm of colorectal cancer, with no incomplete resections in the last five years and a 90-day surgical mortality rate of 0 per cent. He has had no recorded inguinal hernia recurrences in the last 10 years. He is undoubtedly one of the most highly regarded and skilled endoscopists in Sussex, with more than 28 years' experience, and has been a consultant colorectal and general surgeon in Eastbourne for 20 years.

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