Pediatric Gastroenterology


The pediatric gastroenterology specialists at the American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, treat disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach, intestines, liver and associated organs.
A colonoscopy is a procedure that allows medical staff to see the inside of the entire large intestine. The colonoscopy is a soft, flexible tube with a light and a camera on the end. Images are sent to a video screen for viewing. A colonoscopy is performed in special circumstances to detect inflamed tissue, polyps, ulcers and bleeding. Biopsies can be taken, and polyps can be removed during the colonoscopy.
What to Expect
  • You will be instructed to give your child special medication the day before the procedure. This medication will cause your child to have diarrhea. It is very important to clean all stool out of the colon so the inside of the colon can be seen with the scope.
  • Your child will not eat or drink anything after midnight the day before the procedure.
  • On the day of the procedure, you will arrive at the Ambulatory Procedure Center on the second floor of University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.
  • You and your child will go into the prep area where an IV will be started.
  • When the doctor is ready to begin the procedure, you will accompany your child to the procedure room and will sign a consent form that allows staff to perform the procedure.
  • Several monitoring devices will be placed on your child to monitor your child during the procedure.
  • The nurse will give your child medication in the IV for sedation, which will allow your child sleep through the procedure.
  • Once your child is sedated, you will return to the waiting area while the procedure is performed.
  • During the procedure, the scope is placed into your child's rectum, advanced through the entire colon and into the end of the small intestine.
  • Pictures and biopsies will be obtained.
  • The procedure will take about one hour. Your child will stay in the recovery area with you for about two hours, and you will return home the same day.
  • We will call you when we receive the biopsy results.