Is the procedure painful?
The colonoscopy procedure is not painful for most patients; though, it might be slightly discomforting for others.
Typically, the patient is given a medicine to induce sleep, so he/she stays sleepy throughout the test. The patient might feel uneasy or a slight pain when air is blown in the colon or when the camera is inserted.
Do I require admission for the procedure?
- The patient is not required to be admitted in the hospital for colonoscopy. It is usually done on a day care basis. The average duration of the procedure is approximately 30 minutes. After the procedure, the patient is required to stay in the hospital for 3 – 4 hours.
- Someone should accompany the patient to the hospital when the test is going to be performed.
- The patient may feel nauseated and uncomfortable after the test.
- He/she feel may also feel very sleepy, feeble and have poor reflexes because of the sedatives due to which driving is also not allowed for 24 hours. For this reason, someone should accompany the patient and take him/her home safely.
The cost of colonoscopy varies with the healthcare institutions. It may range from Rs 5000 – 12000.