A colonoscopy is a procedure where a long, flexible, lighted tube with a tiny camera on the end, called a colonscope is inserted into the rectum and up through the colon (large intestine) and into the very last portion of the small intestine, called the terminal ileum.
Biopsies and polypectomies (removal of polyps) can be done at the same time as the colonoscopy. A colonoscopy can look for causes of rectal bleeding, anemia, diarrhea, and signs of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
An average colonoscopy takes approximately 60 minutes. Pictures and biopsies of your child's colon will be taken.
Once the procedure is complete your child will be taken to the post-anesthesia care unit or PACU (wake up room) to recover from the procedure. Your child's provider will meet with you in a private conference room to speak with you about how the procedure went.
After your child is awake, you will be escorted to the wake up room. Typically your child will spend about an hour in the wake up room before you are discharged home.
To help avoid post-procedure nausea and vomiting your child should avoid spicy or greasy food as their first meal.
For your child’s safety, follow these one-day clean-out instructions to get your child ready for their colonoscopy. If the instructions are not followed, your child’s procedure may be canceled. The goal of this one-day clean out is to get your child’s poop (stool) to become a clear liquid. This means that there will not be any poop (stool) pieces (it may have some color but will be mostly clear).
Note: If your child is on medicine for diabetes, please call the prescribing doctor for instructions on taking their medicine while on a liquid and fasting diet.
How to mix the MiraLax:
Clear liquids are liquids that you can see through. (no red, blue or purple liquids)
Examples of clear liquids: