What is a Colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure that is performed while your child is sedated. A flexible scope with a light enters the rectum and is passed to the terminal ileum (where the end of your colon and small bowel connect). Dr. Strobel can see the wall of your colon on a TV screen in front of him. Air may be used to help your colon expand so that he can see more clearly the wall of your colon. Biopsies (tissue samples) are taken during the procedure that are sent to a lab and evaluated under a microscope. Results of those are usually back within 48 hours of procedure. Our office will call you if results come back showing us something that we did not know, see or treat after procedure. If you do not hear back from us, feel free to call the office to obtain results.
What can I expect to happen when I come in for the procedure?
Before the procedure you will have an opportunity to talk with nurses and physicians, including a physician that will be doing your child’s sedation. An IV will be started and you will get to be with your child until they fall asleep. Then you will wait in a waiting area during the procedure (approx 45 minutes). As soon at the procedure is over, Dr. Strobel will come to talk to you and show you the pictures that were taken during the procedure. Once your child is awake a nurse will escort him/her to you in the waiting area. You can leave once your child is awake enough to drink something and walk on their own (usually approx 20 min).
What should I watch for after the procedure?
Sometimes after a colonoscopy, your child may experience some gas and discomfort. This is considered normal after a colonoscopy. If your child experiences any large amounts of blood in stool or vomit, fever(>101), rash, lethargy (unable to awaken them), unable to eat or drink after 6 hours or any unusual symptoms or pain, please call the office at 522-4116 and if the office is closed, choose the option for the on call nurse.