My last colonoscopy 5 years ago was prior to my AF diagnosis , so i was of course not on warfarin as I am now.
All my previous colonoscopies have revealed polyps (though only one on the last occasion) which were excised and biopsied.
I asked the gastroenterologist yesterday if I should discontinue warfarin prior to the procedure I've had scheduled and he thought not -- removal of a few polyps would not, he thought, cause excessive bleeding. Later in the day I phoned the "clinical team" number given in the instructions for the colonoscopy to tell them, as the leaflet said I should do, that I am on warfarin. The person I spoke to said I should discontinue warfarin prior to the colonoscopy otherwise I'd be risking having to have a second colonoscopy for the removal of any polyps found. He advised calling my anticoagulation clinic to see if I should be switched from warfarin to something else prior to the procedure.
The nurse I spoke to there said that that was not something they decided but that I should get advice from "the doctor;" I was confused enough not to remember to ask if that meant the gastroenterologist, the endoscopist, or even my GP.
Before wandering further into this maze I thought I'd ask advice from people on this Forum. I've very much appreciated all the information and encouragement provided by the many messages I've read here for quite some time, so this is also an opportunity to thank all those who've help educate and often comfort me in the past.