A 38-year-old member asked:
should i be worried if i don't have a bowel movement for a few days after a colonoscopy?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Eric Kaplan answered
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
No: Since you took a laxative orally to prepare for the colonoscopy, it is not unusual to go 2-3 days after a colonoscopy before having a bm.
Answered on Jun 17, 2018
Dr. Scott Browning answered
29 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
No: The "transit time" for a normal person's colon (time it takes stool to get from the beginning to the end of the colon) varies from one to several days. Therefore, after you've done a bowel preparation prior to your colonoscopy, and the colon is empty, it may take a few days for stool to make it around to the rectum.
Answered on Jun 21, 2018
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