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how long does it take to recover from a colonoscopy

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. You Sung Sang
30 years experience Gastroenterology
Less than 1/2 hour: Most diagnostic colonoscopies take anywhere from 15 - 20 minutes. More time is spent in the pre- and post-procedure period.
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
44 years experience General Surgery
About 40 minutes: An UGI endoscopy usually takes 10 min while a colonoscopy wihtout polypectomy or other procedure, usually takes about 30 minutes.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Lloyd
45 years experience Internal Medicine
Varies: Depending on your normal bowel function and the foods you consume after your test, many people resume normal bowel movements the next day.
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Mostly water: The weight lost during preparation for colonoscopy is mostly water and could be gained back in one day. However if the weight loss is due to some path ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Bates
7 years experience Family Medicine
No time at all: your colonoscopy prep should have been done with Go-lytely a mixture of laxity r and electrolytes which stops any electrolyte depletion. If not, you c ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
Was this for genital: Warts? Cancer? Who performed the procedure should see you and counsel you about whether this is usual or not, infected or not, and help you with pai ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
49 years experience Trauma Surgery
Varies....: from person to person. On average 8-10 trs. 3 yrs for repeat colonoscopy is reasonable
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
26 years experience Medical Oncology
A day or two: After a colonoscopy, you should be able to eat normally. It depends on what and how much you eat, you should have a bowel movement within a day or two ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heather Thieme
18 years experience Surgical Oncology
A day or two: Depending on when you start eating again. Flatus is gas.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
26 years experience General Surgery
A few hours: The laxatives are very powerful!
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