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Is colonoscopy/moviprep safe for women who are ttc or maybe pregnant?

Is colonoscopy/moviprep safe for women who are ttc or maybe pregnant?

Yes: A colonoscopy prep should be safe during pregnancy as it should not be absorbed. The sedation for colonoscopy would be of more concern. ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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I had a da vinci total hysterectomy 9 weeks ago and a colonoscopy 3 weeks ago. I look like I am 7 months pregnant and it just continues to get bigger?

I had a da vinci total hysterectomy 9 weeks ago and a colonoscopy 3 weeks ago. I look like I am 7 months pregnant and it just continues to get bigger?

Hysterectomy: That is very unusual. Do you have nausea, vomiting, fevers, abdominal pain, not passing stool? There is no reason for your abdomen to be that distended. Please see your gynecologist again for follow up soon. ...Read more

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What will happen to me or the baby if I got a colonoscopy/egd done two weeks after conception? Why gis don't like to do colonoscopy on pregnant woman?

What will happen to me or the baby if I got a colonoscopy/egd done two weeks after conception? Why gis don't like to do colonoscopy on pregnant woman?

No anesthesia: Most endoscopists give IV sedation for colonoscopy and egd. Noone should give anesthesia to a pregnant woman unless absolutely necessary. Procedure should be delayed until you are postpartum. ...Read more

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Is it safe or a good idea to get a colonoscopy before pregnancy or after giving birth? I'm 34/f with family history of colon cancer.

Is it safe or a good idea to get a colonoscopy before pregnancy or after giving birth? I'm 34/f with family history of colon cancer.

1st colonscopy @ 35: With a family history of colon ca, screening begins at @ 35. Hopefully you won't have polyps (like me). As long as you're not pregnant it should be safe. But remembering "those days", i'd do it before not after. The risk is really being too busy and forgetting or not having the time to have the procedure. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have a colonoscopy when might be pregnant?

Is it ok to have a colonoscopy when might be pregnant?

Avoid: The medications for sedation can be harmful to the fetus. Unless the colonoscopy is urgent, I would recommend waiting until you know you are not pregnant before proceeding. ...Read more

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I am pregnant. Are there any dangers to having a colonoscopy?

Remote: The only pregnancy-specific danger might be the choice of which anesthetic your gastroenterologist uses and at what stage in your pregnancy you get it. Generally speaking, the greatest danger to the fetus from exposure to outside chemicals occurs in the first trimester, so if the procedure can't be put off until after delivery, I would at least wait until 14-15 weeks. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors in having a colonoscopy done in first trimester of pregnancy?

What are the risk factors in having a colonoscopy done in first trimester of pregnancy?

Not risky if indicat: Colonoscopy may be relatively safe without large fetal risk during first and second trimester of pregnancy if medically indicated. ...Read more

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I'm due for a colonoscopy but just found out im 3 weeks pregnant will I still be able tohave the procedure many thanks?

Ask the MD: It is unlikely that you will be able to have the colonoscopy with the concomitant pregnancy, but please ask the md who is going to perform the procedure. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have a colonoscopy during early pregnancy?

Is it safe to have a colonoscopy during early pregnancy?

If it is elective: If would be better to put off. Your obstetrician should be consulted about it. ...Read more

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If I'm pregnant and scheduled for a colonoscopy, what will they give me during the procedure for pain and anxiety?

See below: Be sure that the colonosocpy is absolutely necessary. If it is purely elective, put it off until after delivery. Otherwise I agree with dr kline. ...Read more

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Had a colonoscopy/endoscopybefore I knew I was pregnant 1 week ago. I got a positive test yesterday. Should I be worried about the Iv sedation I rcvd?

Had a colonoscopy/endoscopybefore I knew I was pregnant 1 week ago. I got a positive test yesterday. Should I be worried about the Iv sedation I rcvd?

No: Before a pregnancy test can convert to positive, the developing fertilized ovum must implant into the endometrium at which time the pregnancy hormone can then enter the blood stream. As a result, the previous sedation probably had little if any impact on the new pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take fentanyl and versed for a colonoscopy while I pregnant?

Is it safe to take fentanyl and versed for a colonoscopy while I pregnant?

Choice of sedative: Amnestic is a discussion with the anesthesiologist. Usually colonoscopy is elective, and unless actively bleeding from unknown source, can be deferred while pregnant, and choice of conscious or genreal anesthesia discussed with pregnancy in mind if you are bleeding. ...Read more

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To what extent is it to take fentanyl and versed due to a colonoscopy while I am pregnant considered safe?

To what extent is it to take fentanyl and versed due to a colonoscopy while I am pregnant considered safe?

Elective procedures: At 31 yo and pregnant, a colonoscopy may not be elective. Sedation for a colonoscopy is not mandatory- it is elective. The colon prep to clean your intestines poses more danger than you think. The water shifts and not eating to maintain a clean colon poses the greatest danger to the foetus. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy last week and didn't know I was pregnant. What are the risks now. I just had a miscarriage 2 months ago?

Unlikely: Up to 15-20% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Colonoscopy is very unlikely to be at all relevant. Why did you have a colonoscopy? Was it inflammatory bowel disease? That may be more relevant to viability of pregnancy. (ibd under good control is better for pregnancy outcome). Talk to your pcp, GI doc, and OB about your concerns. ...Read more

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How reliable is the Prometheus test for diganosing IBD? Doctor can't do colonoscopy bc of pregnancy, but test came back positive.

Somewhat reliable: You are right when you say that colonoscopy with biopsy is the gold standard & would be preferable. Prometheus testing in the lab takes a combination of "markers" (blood reactants to inflammation in the bowel & genetic markers) & comes up with a probability estimate of inflammatory bowel disease: Crohn's or ulcerative colitis. It isn't 100%; your doc will have to interpret. ...Read more

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I was told I had a possible peptic ulcer and I was to have an end done but found out I was pregnant so I never got it done and they also recommended a colonoscopy and it really scares me?

Yes colonoscopy is: A bit scary, but the worst part of the colonoscopy really is the prep the day/night before. It cleanses your intestines but it also makes you stay on the toilet for a whole night like having massive diarrhea (which is what you are trying to do to yourself so the doctor can see the next day). Other than that, the procedure itself is not bad once they give you the sedative so you don't care much.. ...Read more

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3 mths loose am bowel movements. Flex sig and biopsies normal. Now pregnant so no colonoscopy. I'm trying not to worry; bloods, us normal. Advice?

3 mths loose am bowel movements. Flex sig and biopsies normal. Now pregnant so no colonoscopy. I'm trying not to worry; bloods, us normal. Advice?

Not Ca: Loose BM due to inflammation of bowel, When caused by tumor it progresses as lesion in sigmoid blocks more of bowel. Rt. sided lesions don't cause loose BM. If flex sigmoid scoping neg. There is no bowel lesion causing problem. Best to wait until completion of term if pregnancy present. If symptoms persist colonoscopy then performed. ...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