Frequently Asked Questions

Can I continue to take my regular medications before my colonoscopy?

Yes, you should continue to take your regular medications as required, unless instructed otherwise by the office.

What are the risks of a colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy and gastroscopy are generally very safe procedures but, as with any procedure, there are associated risks of which you need to be aware.

What should I bring to my first appointment?

  • Referral
  • X-rays
  • Scans
  • Test results
  • Records of previous surgery
  • List of Medications
  • Medicare details
  • Private Health Insurance details

When will I know the results of my procedure?

Dr Andrew Renaut will see you in the recovery room just prior to your discharge. At this time, he will advise you of your result and if any pathology was taken. You will also be advised of any follow up that may be required, either with your GP or with Dr Renaut who performed your procedure.

Why do I need to stay on clear liquids the whole day before my colonoscopy?

In order to have a successful and safe exam, the colon must be thoroughly emptied. By avoiding solid foods which create residue in the colon, for 24 hours, a more complete cleansing of the colon occurs.

Why must someone drive me home after my procedure?

Because sedation is used during endoscopy, it is not safe to drive, nor operate equipment for the rest of the day. Normal activity can be resumed the next morning.