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Preparing for Colonoscopy

What is Colonoscopy?

It is a special technique for looking inside a part of an organ. The endoscope is a thin, long and flexible tube with a tiny video camera and light on one end. The image captured from the video camera is then shown on a TV monitor for a detailed view.

Endoscopy is a safe and effective way to examine the lining of organs such as the stomach, small intestine, and colon. Your doctor can pass tiny surgical tools through the scope to remove polyps or to take a sample of tissue.

 

Procedure

The bowel must first be thoroughly cleaned before a colonoscopy. This is done either the day before or the same morning as your colonoscopy. You will be asked to drink medication that would make you have diarrhea to pass out all the stools inside.

 

What to Bring

Please bring along the following in their original form:

  • NRIC / Birth Certificate if under 15 years old / Work Permit / Passport (if you are a foreigner)

If you are a civil servant or Singapore Armed Forces personnel, please bring along:

  • Civil Service Card (CSC) or
  • Medical Benefits Identification Memo (MBIM)

If your employer provides medical coverage for hospitalisation, please bring along:

  • Hospitalisation Identity Card or
  • Letter of Guarantee

If you are holding a work permit/employment pass, please bring along:

  • Valid work pass
  • CPF membership card, if applicable
  • Letter from employer, if applicable

If you are using Medisave to pay for your hospitalisation, the Medisave account holder should bring his/her NRIC

If you are a blood donor or nominee, please bring you Blood Donor/Blood Donor Nominee Card.