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A 33-year-old member asked:

Is a colonoscopy painful?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
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.
Dr. Enrique Molina
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
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).
Dr. Nikhil Karanth
Gastroenterology 23 years experience
It shouldn't: Colonoscopies for the most part are not painful especially if sedation is used

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A 41-year-old male asked:

Is colonoscopy test is very painful?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Painless: Very easy to have this test as in most cases you will be anesthetized. The only issue is the preparation which involves taking a type of laxative to clean things out prior to the doctor have a look.

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