Gastroenterology

Fresenius Kabi supplies a range of products that are used for the preparation of the bowel prior to colonoscopy. Fresenius Kabi also has a treatment for Ulcerative Colitis.
 
What is a colonoscopy?
 
A colonoscopy is an examination of the large colon and the end of the small bowel with an endoscope, a fibre optic camera on a flexible tube passed through the anus. 
 
The procedure enables the physician to investigate the bowel for inflamed tissue, abnormal growths, polyps and ulcers. Colonoscopy is also carried out to detect early cancer. Colonoscopy also allows the biopsy or removal of suspected lesions.

What is the colon?
 
The colon or large bowel is the last portion of the digestive tract, starting at the end of the small intestine and ending at the rectum and anus. The colon is about 1.5 metres in length and its main function is to store unabsorbed food waste and absorb water and other body fluids before the waste is eliminated as stool.

Digestive tract

Preparation of the bowel
 
Prior to a colonoscopy, thorough cleansing of the bowel is necessary. A bowel cleansing preparation will be prescribed by your physician for this purpose. This is usually taken on the day prior to examination, in conjunction with a fluids only diet.