During a colonoscopy, a tube is inserted into the anus to view the inside of the large bowel. It helps in diagnosing or treating some medical conditions.
Upper GI endoscopy and colonoscopy
An upper GI endoscopy and colonoscopy is usually a safe and effective way of finding out if there is a problem with your digestive system.
Fasting for medical tests
For some medical tests, fasting may be required for a period of time before a test. Learn more about different tests and when fasting may be necessary.
A flexible sigmoidoscopy is usually a safe and effective way of finding out if there is a problem with the lower part of your large bowel.
An endoscopy is a procedure that gives your doctor a direct view of your body’s internal organs. Learn about the procedure and how to prepare for it.
Bowel cancer screening
Bowel cancer screening is important for early detection. A national screening process is in place called the faecal occult blood test (FOBT).
Lynch syndrome, formerly known as HNPCC, is a genetic condition that increases the risk of a person developing some cancers, such as bowel cancer. Learn more here.
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes painful swelling and redness inside the digestive tract.
Diverticular disease - diverticulitis and diverticulosis
Diverticular disease, including diverticulitis, is linked to a low-fibre diet and more common as people age. Here's how to treat the symptoms.
Ulcerative colitis is a bowel disease that causes inflammation and redness in the digestive tract. There is no cure, but treatment can help.