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Are You Awake 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Will I be awake for a colonoscopy and will I feel any pain and what will they do I am having one on saturday?
How long does it take to gain back weight lost during colonoscopy procedure as eating is very limited for few days.
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
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
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
Rarely: With adequate sedation patients generally have no discomfort. ...Read more
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
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
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
I think I have a Diverticulitis flare-up going on, I have been diagnosed before about 6 years ago during game a colonoscopy exam?
Abdominal pain: Do not self diagnose;see a physician;antibiotics may be in order ...Read more
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
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
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