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What is colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy is a procedure for examining the colon with a fibre-optic scope. Currently, this is the latest and most accurate method for examining the colon and rectum for inflammation, polyps, tumors and hernias. Biopsy may be taken at this time, the results of which will determine the final diagnosis. Colonoscopy is also the most effective method in the early detection of colon cancer since finding and removing polyps early prevents the colon cancer from developing. Furthermore, the so-called early cancers, that do not as yet cause symptoms, can be detected allowing for close to a 100% cure.

How do I go about getting a colonoscopy?

Initially, you will need to make an appointment for a gastroenterological examination. Our gastroenterologist will ask you detailed questions, examine you and, if needed, recommend diagnostic examinations (that may not be a colonoscopy only!).
Note: Should the gastroenterologist recommend anesthesia for the procedure, your doctor will inform you regarding the necessary preparatory examinations you will need to undergo.
Since not all gastroenterologists perform colonoscopy, please go to Specialties in our „Gastroenterology - Endoscopy” section for more information before getting an appointment.

What preps are required for a colonoscopy?

Diet and colon cleansing before the examination are extremely important for a successful examination. If the colon is not properly cleansed, the procedure may take longer, increase the risk of complications and compromise the accuracy of the diagnosis. Your doctor will give you a prescription for a cleansing preparation.

What can you do to ensure a successful prep?

Note: If the gastroenterologist recommends anesthesia for the procedure, your doctor will inform you regarding the preparatory examinations that will be required.
A blood test and an ECG will definitely be required for the anesthesia. Should you have results of tests done less than 6 weeks ago and your doctor finds these results acceptable, you will not have to take new tests. The anesthesiologist will, of course, examine you and look over your results prior to putting you to sleep.
Should you have a chronic disorder (heart disease, diabetes) that might be risky from the standpoint of anesthesia, your doctor will recommend a consultation with the anesthesiologist before the procedure in order to determine whether you can be anesthetised or not and if yes, what further preps are necessary.
You must not drink any fluids (not even water) 4 hours before the anesthesiologist’s examination.
Please let your treating doctor know ahead of time if you are taking blood thinners.

The procedure

During the procedure, a long, thin, flexible tube with a light source and a video camera is inserted into the colon through the anus. The section examined can be observed magnified on a computer screen. The examiner thoroughly examines the colon and, if necessary and is technically possible, will also examine the last segment of the small intestine. Biopsies are taken of any abnormalities found. The duration of the examination is generally 15 to 30 minutes.
In a fully conscious state, the examination can be painful due to the pumping in of air and the tube being guided through the loops and twists of the colon.
Under anesthesia, however, it is totally painless! The Intensive Care Unit of the Buda Health Center guarantees a high level of professionalism and security in the administration of anesthesia.
The examinations are performed Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 pm. If there are no complications, the patient may even leave, accompanied, on the same day. (Should not drive a car yet.)

Where is colonoscopy performed?

Colonoscopy is performed in the BEK-Endoexpert endoscopic laboratory. Our unit is equipped with a Fujinon video endoscope, an endoscope washing machine with a safe sterilization guarantee and all the instruments necessary for anesthesia and medications.
The Buda Health Center is the first private institution in Hungary to have this up-to-date system, more effective than any previous system, for colon examination. The examinations are performed by experienced professionals who are specialists in this field with the patient’s safety guaranteed by the hospital environment and the support of the anesthesiological and intensive care departments.

What is the cost of the colonoscopy?

Consult our Medical Specialists!
The Buda Health Center, the seven-time winner of the Superbrands Award, is an outpatient health care provider offering all its services in one location, through the private practices of 200 well-known physicians in 45 specialties. Our team, having worked together over several years, is a cohesive group well trained in providing the best personalized care. Feedback from our 230,000 patients, together with our experience of 18 years, has shown us the importance of a health care plan that is tailored to the individual’s personal needs while also keeping their valuable time in mind.
Pál Demeter, MD