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is a colonoscopy painful?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience Family Medicine
Not usually..: The colon-prep is often the most difficult part for people, not the colonoscopy itself. Often the person is under conscious-sedation and thus not really feeling the pain, or at least won't remember it. If excess is left after procedure or if you have biopsies done, some cramping may occur. Severe and worsening abd pain after suggests a likely perforation and needs urgent medical care. Good luck.
Answered on Jun 21, 2018
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Dr. Enrique Molina
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Depends: It depends if you get anesthesia or not! without anesthesia it can be very painful, but nowadays anesthesia is routinely given. There are different types of anesthetics, and some work better than others. Propofol is becoming the standard of care (given by an anesthesiologist).
Answered on Jan 1, 2020
Dr. Nikhil Karanth
22 years experience Gastroenterology
It shouldn't: Colonoscopies for the most part are not painful especially if sedation is used
Answered on Oct 14, 2018

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