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Barium Enema Catheter Insertion Procedure
Barium is a chemical element with symbol ba and atomic number 56. It is the fifth element in group 2, a soft silvery metallic alkaline earth metal. Because of its high chemical reactivity barium is never found in nature as a free element. Its hydroxide was known in pre-modern history as baryta; this substance does not occur as a mineral, but can be prepared ...Read more
When you get a barium enema, how long or round is piece that is inserted into rectum? I am nervous about the whole procedure!
Not Big: I've been the inserter and the insertee. The tip is about as thick as an index finger with a mild area of widening about an inch from the end of the tip. A small balloon may be inflated after the tip is inserted (with lots of lubricant). The balloon helps you keep the enema from leaking out. Only a few inches of the tip will get inserted. Try not to get too worked up. The prep is a bigger deal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am scheduled for a barium enema. I am very nervous about the procedure . Is there something that can ease my worry/nerves?
It is normal: It is very understandable to have anxiety about a be. Let the tech know that you are feeling anxious and ask any questions you have until you feel comfortable proceeding. Once underway, the best thing is to just breathe. Breathing does wonders for relaxation. Hopefully your team will do whatever it takes to make it as comfortable as possible for you. It won't take too long. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not usually: There may be some mild discomfort but not real pain with either procedure. ...Read more
Imaging vs looking: A Barium Enema is performed by a radiologist by flowing contrast solution into the colon and then taking x-rays of the abdomen after the lining of the intestine has been coated. Sigmoidoscopy is performed by a gastroenterologist who uses a flexible scope and camera to look directly into the colon at the intestinal lining. ...Read more
Imaging vs looking: A Barium Enema is performed by a radiologist by flowing contrast solution into the colon and then taking x-rays of the abdomen after the lining of the intestine has been coated. Sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy is performed by a gastroenterologist who uses a flexible scope and camera to look directly into the colon at the intestinal lining. ...Read more
A catheter is a thin plastic tube that is inserted into the body to obtain fluids/blood or give medicine. So some catheters can be placed in the veins and medicine given directly into the body, IV fluids given or blood sampled. A catheter can be placed in the bladder ...Read more