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Conditions We Treat

What is a Colonoscopy?
Colonoscopy Instructions

Clean Out Colonoscopy
Ages 3-5

Clean Out Colonoscopy
Ages 6-11

Clean Out Colonoscopy
Ages 12 and older


Other Information

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)

Helpful Hints for Controlling Gas (Flatus)




What is an colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is an examination of the lower gastrointestinal tract with a slim, flexible, lighted tube with a camera. The lower gastrointestinal tract includes the anus, rectum, colon, and the end of the small intestines (terminal ileum).

Why would my child need this procedure? 

If your child experiences:

  • Abnormal bowel movements
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Colon/rectal polyps
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Previous GI surgery
  • Abnormal findings on x-ray

How do I prepare my child for this procedure?
Your doctor will give you written instructions on how to clear your child’s entire colon of any stool.  It is imperative that you follow these instructions exactly as they are given otherwise, the procedure may have to be rescheduled.


Clean Out Colonoscopy
Ages 3-5

Clean Out Colonoscopy
Ages 6-11

Clean Out Colonoscopy
Ages 12 and older

What happens during the procedure?
Your child will be given anesthesia to help stay comfortable and sleep during the procedure.  A long, flexible tube with a camera is inserted through the anus and up through the rectum and colon.  The doctor is looking for any abnormalities, irritation, or infection in the colon and terminal ileum.  Any abnormal areas will be photographed and tissue samples (biopsies) will be taken and sent the lab.  If polyps are present, these will be removed and sent to the lab as well. After the doctor has examined the entire lower gastrointestinal tract, the tube is removed.

After the procedure, your child will be observed for a short time while they are waking up.  You will be reunited with your child as soon as possible.

Your child may have some intestinal gas and mild cramps for a few hours after the procedure. You may also notice a small amount of blood in your child’s stool for a short time if a piece of tissue was removed and sent to the lab. This is more commonly seen when polyps are removed.

The biopsy (tissue sample) results take 3-4 days to come back from the lab.  These results will be reviewed with you at your child’s follow up appointment.  Based on the results of the biopsies, the doctor will be able to treat your child’s symptoms appropriately.


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