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Can abdominal adhesions cause pain after colonoscopy?

Can abdominal adhesions cause pain after colonoscopy?

Possibly: As the scope is advanced and air placed in the colon some degree of stretch and distortion can occur putting tension and possibly tearing adhesions in the abdominal cavity. These can cause pain and even potentially bleeding. If you are having pain especially with a fever or nausea, please call your endoscopist and discuss with them. They need to be aware to determine if a complication has occured.

Dr. Mark Aranson
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Adhesions (Definition)

Adhesions are scar tissue which can form after any abdominal surgery. The severity depends on whether infection/inflammation was present at the time of surgery. Adhesions are like bands or spider webs that form around the abdominal organs/intestines. Sometimes adhesions are light and cause no problems, sometimes tremendous problems, like crazy glue in the abdomen. Can ...Read more


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Hi are signs of bulimia clear on a colonoscopy or indeed what scars or adhesions wud it cause?

Hi are signs of bulimia clear on a colonoscopy or indeed what scars or adhesions wud it cause?

GI risks of bulemia: Signs of bulemia: enlarged salivary glands, bleeding into whites of eye, red spots on neck & face from vomiting, scarring of first finger joint of dominant hand from induced vomiting, chronic diarrhea. Gi complications: teeth erosions, increased blood amylase, esophagitis, tears or rupture of esophagus, dilation of stomach & upper small bowel, pancreatitis, colon dilation & pigmenting (melanosis).

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I've had 2 c-sections and a hysterectomy. I have adhesions. When I have a colonoscopy they've had to use a pedi scope. This last time pedi scope wouldn't pass thru. So used endoscope. Need to worry?

I've had 2 c-sections and a hysterectomy. I have adhesions. When I have a colonoscopy they've had to use a pedi scope. This last time pedi scope wouldn't pass thru. So used endoscope. Need to worry?

No, but be aware: Those who have had abdominal surgery are at risk for adhesion formation. Adhesions can bind the intestines and colon. This can increase risk of abdominal pain and in some cases intestinal blockage. Be aware of any abdominal pain or change in bowel habits. Endoscopes are adequate to examine the colon as long as the cecum at the end of your colon can be seen.

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I had a colonoscopy yesterday that was discontinued due to severe pain from adhesions. I woke up this morning with a 99.5* fever & moderate pain?

I had a colonoscopy yesterday that was discontinued due to severe pain from adhesions. I woke up this morning with a 99.5* fever & moderate pain?

Let your doc know: You should let the gastroenterologist who completed the procedure know about your post procedural symptoms. If you temperature continues to rise and/or your pain is progressive you should seek urgent help, as it's possible to develop complications related to a colonoscopy.

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Can a colonoscopy diagnose a partial large bowel obstruction caused by abdominal adhesions?

Can a colonoscopy diagnose a partial large bowel obstruction caused by abdominal adhesions?

Maybe: Adhesions occur from pror surgery. Was there past surgery? External adhesions would be rare to cause colon obstruction. If there was prior colon surgery, then surgical site anastomosis narrowing or scarring would be visible at colonoscopy.

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Experiencing pain in the extreme lower left quadrant. Laying flat = very light pain; standing, moving = hard pain. Recent colonoscopy and upper edg - nothing significant. Six gut surgeries - peritonitis, blockage, resection w/ resultant adhesions, etc

Experiencing pain in the extreme lower left quadrant. Laying flat = very light pain; standing, moving = hard pain. Recent colonoscopy and upper edg - nothing significant. Six gut surgeries - peritonitis, blockage, resection w/ resultant adhesions, etc

How does hernia feel: At the groin or inguinal area, a hernia can feel like a bulge with pain, that comes and goes. When the bulge/pain is there, it can be tender, and if you push on it, the bulge slips inside. Absent fever, severe pain, feeling sick, most hernias can be managed as an outpatient surgical procedure. Your prior history makes me want you to get evaluated sooner.

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Had right ovary removal and uterine abasion a year ago- now, lower left pain cyst 1.7 on this ovary and no history of endo. Had colonoscopy.- normal. Do have IBS but this pain is different. Could this be complications of ablasion or could adhesions b

Had right ovary removal and uterine abasion a year ago- now, lower left pain cyst 1.7 on this ovary and no history of endo. Had colonoscopy.- normal. Do have IBS but this pain is different. Could this be complications of ablasion or could adhesions b

Could be adhesions: It is always a possibili when surgery has been done. If you are still having some issues, your should see your physician. There are other causes of pain, especially in the lower left part of the abdomen.

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What is a colonoscopy?

What is a colonoscopy?

Look inside colon: You are sedated (very sleepy, but still breathing on your own). The endoscopist places an instrument through your anus and then passes it into the colon to carefully exam the colon for polyps, cancer, etc. If any abnormalities are found a biopsy may be done. Typically, it is painless - the only bother is cleaning out your bowels beforehand and even that's not so bad.

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Do colonoscopies hurt?

Do colonoscopies hurt?

No: Colonoscopy is usually performed with some form of sedation and if done correctly you should not feel anything or remember anything.

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What is a colonoscopy like?

What is a colonoscopy like?

A simple test: After appropriate colon preparation at home, arrive at the endoscopy center, change into a gown & IV is inserted. Once in the procedure room, final consent is obtained, IV sedation is given (there are options here--some patients choose no sedation, others want to be "out cold"), & a thin flexible tube with video camera is inserted per rectum & advanced, taking pictures, biopsies, & therapeutics.

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How to prep for a colonoscopy?

Lots of options: There are a lot of different regimens for doing a colonoscopy prep. It depends on your gastroenterologist what they prefer. Ultimate what they want is a clean prep, so you should not have any stool in your colon when they look. You will have a sense of whether your prep is complete when you look in the toilet bowl and you shouldn't see any solid material left.

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What results from colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy: This is a good screening tool used for the appropriate age group in screening for colon cancer.

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Do I really need a colonoscopy?

Do I really need a colonoscopy?

Age: When either 45 or 50 yrs old or of bleeding or other symptoms also pending family history.

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Colonoscopy: what can I expect?

Not bad: The most annoying part is the bowel cleanout the day before. You have to drink a fluid that makes you have enough bowel movements until your stool becomes clear. The colonoscopy procedure itself is usually easy. When you go home you will have some abdominal discomfort and bloating. Sometimes you can have a little rectal bleeding as well.

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What may appear in a colonoscopy?

Pretty much anything: Colonoscopies are mostly done for screening, looking for polyps which may be pre-cancerous, thus removing them in essence prevents a cancer. Colonoscopies are also done to evaluate for other problems, like diverticulosis, hemorrhoid bleeding, changes in bowels which may be from comparatively benign conditions, but infectious diseases, inflammatory diseases and other colon problems may be found too.

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When should I start colonoscopies?

When should I start colonoscopies?

50 unless...: The general guideline is age 50, but there are exceptions to that rule. For example, family history of colon cancer can move up the schedule.

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How can you die from a colonoscopy?

How can you die from a colonoscopy?

Unlikely: Dying during a colonoscopy or because of one is a very rare event. The risk of a perforation or hole during a colonoscopy is about 1/1500. The risks of dying would increase if one had a perforation that was not noticed. Also there is a risk of having complications from the sedation. One could stop breathing from over sedation which could lead to death, again, a rare event.

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No pain, why would I need a colonoscopy?

No pain, why would I need a colonoscopy?

Screening: Screening for colon cancer. cancer usually does not give symptoms until it is a large tumor that has spread to other organs. At that point you would start having symptoms, but survival after treatment would be significantly reduced.

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How often should you have a colonoscopy?

It depends on indica: If it is for screening for colon cancer, then once every 10 years is considered adequate but it can be done more often if there is an abnormality that requires close monitoring.

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Petrified of colonoscopy please help : (?

Petrified of colonoscopy please help : (?

Low risk: Bleeding and perforation are indeed risks however combine risk in the hands of an experienced endoscopist is probably less than 1%, so it is safe and by far the most efficient test for polyps/cancer of the colon as it is both diagnostic and therapeutic, which none of the alternative exams are. It is usually done with sedation so you should not feel or remember anything about the procedure.

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more