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Is it okay to smoke before a colonoscopy?

Is it okay to smoke before a colonoscopy?

Also: In addition to the obvious concerns, smokers usually cough a lot during anesthesia for colonoscopy, and this makes it more difficult to do a good exam. Its best if you quit altogether, but if you can avoid for a week or two prior to colonoscopy (or any surgery) you will have a better outcome. ...Read more

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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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50+ and smoke around 2-3 fags a day. Do i need a colonoscopy screening even if i don't have symptoms?

50+ and smoke around 2-3 fags a day. Do i need a colonoscopy screening even if i don't have symptoms?

Yes: Regardless of your smoking history, you should have got your first screening colo as soon as you turned 50. Observational trials suggest that smoking increases the risk of polyps and colon cancer to some degree, (not to mention multiple other cancers and cardiopulmonary issues) so if you want my advise, get rid of those cigarettes for good. ...Read more

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Had colonoscopy yesterday, w/biopsy & 1 polyp removed. Knowing it's generally bad for health, is it safe to smoke 1 cigarette today?

Had colonoscopy yesterday, w/biopsy & 1 polyp removed. Knowing it's generally bad for health, is it safe to smoke 1 cigarette today?

No: It is never safe to smoke a cigarette. Wouldn't this be a great time to stop? Given this... there is no special danger from a cig at this time. But you're young, with much of your life ahead of you. You're smart enough to have found HealthTap. You've been away from tobacco for some time. Why not quite RIGHT NOW -- and phone your physician if your need medicine to get you through it. ...Read more

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I am only 26 had a colonoscopy that showed a sessile serrated adenoma- how can this be?! i don't smoke/drink no colon ca in history now im really scared

Don't be scared: Since it was a benign polyp and you don't have a strong family history, you just need to follow your colonoscopist's recommended surveillance interval for your next colonoscopy. You are in good hands now that you have affiliated yourself with an endoscopist. Good luck! ...Read more

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Mom is 52. Smokes 2-3 cigs a day. Does she need to get screening colonoscopy even without symptoms? What are chances of colorectal cancer?

Mom is 52. Smokes 2-3 cigs a day. Does she need to get screening colonoscopy even without symptoms? What are chances of colorectal cancer?

Needs colonoscopy : Studies have shown that all normal-risk individuals should have a screening colonoscopy starting at age 50 and repeated at least every 10 years if no polyps are found. All polyps should be removed. If there is a positive family history for colon cancer, screening should start at an earlier age. There is about a 5% lifetime risk of developing colon cancer. ...Read more

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What kind of dr do u see colonoscopy?

GI doctor: Colonoscopy is a procedure typically performed by a gastroenterologist for the screening and detection of colorectal cancer and precancerous lesions, usually after age 50. ...Read more

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Why do u have to stop diary products a few days before a colonoscopy?

Why do u have to stop diary products a few days before a colonoscopy?

Clear liquids: are recommended for the colonoscopy prep in order to optimize visualization. If the bowel secretions are cloudy from milk proteins it is more difficult to clear the area completely and have an optimal view of the bowel lining through the scope. Following the prep instructions exactly gives you the best chance of having the most accurate examination. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy a few weeks ago and got the results today what other diseases could cause crohns like symptoms other than crohns and U C?

Ibs: If your colonoscopy revealed no pathology, ongoing intestinal symptoms like cramps, diarrhea, flatulence can occur with irritable bowel syndrome, lactose or gluten intolerance or sensitivity. Chronic intestinal infections are usually diagnosed by stool cultures. Your gastroenterologist, who knows you well, is best qualified to answer your question. ...Read more