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A 34-year-old member asked:

How long after a colonoscopy should you can expect to have a normal bowel movement?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 46 years experience
Two or three: Days. If you don't return to normal after that, consult your GI specialist. I hope they didn't find anything serious up there.

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