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A polyp 1 CM is average size or is consider big? Can I have the option to be awake and conscious during a colonoscopy?

A polyp 1 CM is average size or is consider big? Can I have the option to be awake and conscious during a colonoscopy?

Possible: 1 cm is not considered very small, current practice of endoscopic screening, will be picked up much smaller than 1 cm, yes could be done with out sedation, but you will be very uncomfortable, and no reason to suffer, follow the advice of your doctor, a relatively low risk procedure ...Read more

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


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Are you put under during a colonoscopy?

Are you put under during a colonoscopy?

Usually: Most physicians in the us sedate their patients before colonoscopy. This means you are awake and extremely relaxed, but many patients due tend to fall asleep with the medications. However, not every physician practices this way and it should be something you discuss with the physician performing the procedure. ...Read more

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What can I expect during a colonoscopy?

What can I expect during a colonoscopy?

Not much: You should be sedated during colonoscopy, so you shouldn't expect much at all. The worst part of colonoscopy is the bowel preparation. Otherwise, the procedure itself should be unnoticeable. ...Read more

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What can be expected during my colonoscopy?

What can be expected during my colonoscopy?

Don't be: A colonoscopy is usually done with mild sedation so you won't feel anything or remember anything. It takes about 20-30 minutes. Yo will need transportation home and the rest of the day off work. Following day back to the normal grind. Day before the procedure is prep day to get your colon clean so that a thorough exam can be performed. ...Read more

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4. Polypa were found during colonoscopy. What is next?

Biopsy will tell: When encountered, they should have been biopsied, and it will depend upon the report from pathology as to if benign or concerning as to what next. Need to follow up with GI for report. ...Read more

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Why did I wake up and say ouch during my first colonoscopy?

Light sedation: You are only given the smallest amount of sedation necessary. You were aware of the sensation, but this was not a problem. ...Read more

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What can possibly go wrong during a colonoscopy procedure?

See below: Depending on the reason for colonoscopy perforation of the colon and bleeding can occur, though these are uncommon. See this site for detailed information on this subject.
http://www. Asge. Org/assets/0/71542/71544/56321364-c4d8-4742-8158-55b6bef2a568.pdf ...Read more

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Can I remain awake for a colonoscopy? Is it a tolerable procedure?

Can I remain awake for a colonoscopy? Is it a tolerable procedure?

Yes, you can: A minority of patients prefer no anesthesia and with proper information and instruction, most specialists will perform a colonoscopy without anesthesia. You are correct. ... it is uncomfortable, perhaps very uncomfortable, but tolerable to those who are motivated to tolerate it. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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What are some ways to stave off hunger the day before a colonoscopy (during preparation)?

You can have clear: Liquids the day before unless advised otherwise. I tell my pts to drink a lot of fluids with the prep to keep flushing the colon. You can also have broth chick/beef and jello (avoid red). Solid food is not allowed. Its worth controlling your hunger for one day than to have to repeat the procedure if not adequately prepped. ...Read more

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Should I determine that I want also ileum be inspected during direct to consumer colonoscopy?

Should I determine that I want also ileum be inspected during direct to consumer colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy.: An examination the terminal ileum should be a routine part of the colonoscopy. If you have a specific concern, discuss such with your Gastroenterologist to make sure that this is a part of his/her planned procedure for you. ...Read more

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Will I be awake for a colonoscopy and will I feel any pain and what will they do I am having one on saturday?

Will I be awake for a colonoscopy and will I feel any pain and what will they do I am having one on saturday?

Yes/No: Most endoscopy is done under conscious sedation with IV versed (sedative) or Propholol and Small amount of morphine. You are not totally asleep, but generally unaware of what's happening ...Read more

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How long does it take to gain back weight lost during colonoscopy procedure as eating is very limited for few days.

How long does it take to gain back weight lost during colonoscopy procedure as eating is very limited for few days.

Mostly water: The weight lost during preparation for colonoscopy is mostly water and could be gained back in one day. However if the weight loss is due to some pathology for which colonoscopy was done, then it would depend on the pathology. ...Read more

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Is there a death rate for a colonoscopy (during and after)? If yes, how high and what is death most commonly caused by?

Scope complications: The worst complications associated with upper or lower endoscopy happen with perforation through the bowel. This is very unlikely. The perforations will usually cause a bad infection to start. The infection can become bad enough to be fatal, but, this too is unlikely. ...Read more

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I am having a colonoscopy tomorrow and I am in the process of taking the moviprep. What am I to expect tonight AND during the procedure? Thank you x

Colonoscopy: You will have multiple loose bowel movements that will eventually turn to clear. You may have soreness in the rectal area from the multiple bowel movements. When you go for the procedure itself, you should not feel anything. Afterwards the nurse will ask you to pass the gas that helped to inflate your colon and then they will send you home. You may still be drowsy from the anesthesia after. ...Read more

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What happens during a virtual colonoscopy?

Virtual: You are in a cat scanner, with air and sometimes contrast pumped into you. Unpleasant and not as accurate as a regular colonoscopy. Also, if something is found, youmwill need a colonoscopy anyway. ...Read more

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Are all polyps removed during a colonoscopy?

Yes: We remove polyps because they can become cancerour. ...Read more

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What could erythema be during a colonoscopy?

Colon erythyema: Colon "erythema" just means the colonic lining looked redder-colored than was expected. This can be due to infection, inflammation, ischemia, but it can also be due to mechanical abrasion from the colonoscope, the chemical used to prep your colon, or even staining from having eaten red-colored foods before your test. Your doctor may have taken a biopsy to elucidate cause--give him a call please. ...Read more

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Is it serious to have 5 polyps removed during a colonoscopy?

Depends: It depends on the type of polyps. Be sure to follow up and find out what the pathology report said. Tubular adenoma is a pre-cancerous polyp and would indicate a righer risk for developing colon cancer. Follow up as directed by the doctor. ...Read more

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Do people ever squirm or yell during a colonoscopy procedure?

Rarely: With adequate sedation patients generally have no discomfort. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to eat yogurt during a colonoscopy prep?

It is: Possible but not recommended. A clear liquid is anything you can see through and most yogurts I have seen are not clear! ...Read more

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I had 12 biopsies taken during colonoscopy. What could be outcome?

I had 12 biopsies taken during colonoscopy. What could be outcome?

Pathology report: You need to wait for the report from the pathologist who is examining the biopsies. Biopsies were taken to get a handle on the disease process, if any. ...Read more

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During a colonoscopy are biopsies only taken if something abnormal is seen?

Colonoscopy: Any abnormality identified during colonoscopy should be sampled and submitted for pathologic evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it possible, through proper sedation, to be awake, aware, relaxed, and pain-free for a colonoscopy?

Is it possible, through proper sedation, to be awake, aware, relaxed, and pain-free for a colonoscopy?

Maybe, Usually No: For this, partial to full anesthesia routine, often with agents which block memory, e.g. Versed. Why? People don’t complain-of/remember pain + makes exam much easier & faster for md. I had exam with Demerol (meperidine hydrochloride) 50 mg IV alone; fine through the 1st 2/3 & still remember the images on screen; then intense intestinal cramping began, could not stop it consciously, given 50 mg? & passed out. Awoke later ok. ...Read more

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I'm having a colonoscopy and I want to be awake for the whole procedure. Is that possible? Also they are having me take 12 ducolax pills. Is that safe

I'm having a colonoscopy and I want to be awake for the whole procedure. Is that possible? Also they are having me take 12 ducolax pills. Is that safe

Not recommended: A full colonoscopy can be very uncomfortable, even painful. I would certainly NOT recommend it in an awake state. Your body's response to conscious pain may also make the procedure more difficult to perform and limit the usefulness of the exam. ...Read more

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What could erythema be when found during a colonoscopy?

Nonspecific: Erythema is very nonspecific. If there is erythema in isolation, it may not mean anything. But erythema along with ulcer, or friability (fragile tissue), or other findings can be associated with colitis. ...Read more

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Will anal herpes spread during colonoscopy?

Will anal herpes spread during colonoscopy?

No: Active herpes lesions are contagious to others, but do not cause spread in the host patient. Be sure to inform the staff at the colonoscopy center, so they will be cautious. ...Read more

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Can a hernia be repaired during a colonoscopy?

Possibly: This would be an unusual practice but it is possible. The main problem would be scheduling to different physicians schedules. As well, this would likely add cost, as the cost of operating room time is significantly more than the cost of outpatient GI procedure room time. ...Read more