Riverside Surgery

Riverside Surgery

525 New Chester Road, Rock Ferry, Wirral, CH42 2AG

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Telephone: 0151 645 3464

Email for prescriptions only: riversidesurgery.birkenhead@nhs.net

Colonoscopy Confidence – your common sense bowel check

Posted on February 1st, 2022

We know some people feel anxious or worried when they’re told they need a colonoscopy but it’s important to have this test if you’re referred.

If you’ve been asked by your doctor to have a colonoscopy it’s because they suspect something isn’t quite right about your bowel or colon, and they’d like a specialist to take a closer look. The procedure involves an endoscopist putting a thin flexible tube with a camera on the end up your bottom so they can see the inside of your bowel.

Colonoscopy is a very common procedure – thousands are carried out across the UK every week. They give endoscopists a close-up view of the inside of your bowel so they can clearly see if there’s anything wrong. A colonoscopy can feel a little uncomfortable, but it’s an important part of maintaining good all-round health.

Most people who have a colonoscopy won’t have bowel cancer. But, if bowel cancer is detected at its earliest stage nearly everybody is treated successfully.

That’s why if you have an appointment for a colonoscopy, it’s really important that you attend – let’s keep your bowel in good health.