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Doctor insights on: Can You Get A Colonoscopy While Menstruating

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Should I reschedule a colonoscopy if I am menstruating?

Should I reschedule a colonoscopy if I am menstruating?

Patient preference: Some patients will and some do not reschedule as it is up to the patient. Menustruating solely is not a contraindication to canceling or rescheduling a colonoscopy ...Read more

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Menstruation (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more


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Can you eat applesauce before you get a colonoscopy ?

Yes: Ingest semisolids up to 12 hrs before colonoscopy. Then use GoLytly and take a Fleets emema the night before surgery. Problems are encountered when one consumes salads 24hrs before which are not digested well and then wind up in the colon plugging the colonoscope. ...Read more

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Will you get blood taken before you get a colonoscopy?

Will you get blood taken before you get a colonoscopy?

Usually not: usually not necessary. females are usually tested for pregnancy prior to procedures. if you have certain chronic medical conditions you may need blood tests (renal failure, clotting disorders, etc) ...Read more

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Can it hurt when you get a colonoscopy?

Not usually!: Most physicians/surgeons perform a colonoscopic exam under sedation, either with Propofol or versed/fentanyl, and you are sedated to the point of not feeling pain, or at least forgetting about it! get your scope done asap, it's really simple, and is the single best screening test for colon cancer... ...Read more

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Can you get a colonoscopy or endoscopy with copd?

Can you get a colonoscopy or endoscopy with copd?

Your COPD: Can elevate your risk as a sedation candidate, so prior to any procedure, you should be evaluated by an anesthesiologist so that appropriate preparations are made. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Should someone get a fobt or colonoscopy?

No: None of the screening tests for serum tumor markers or fecal occult blood are that accurate. At least with colonoscopy every few years there is direct visualization of the bowel to define the absence or presence of a tumor or polypoid lesion. A new diagnostic fecal tumor protein test is being developed that will define the amt. of tumor protein or not present and if neg. the bowel is neg. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to get a colonoscopy?

No: Risk of perforation and bleeding exist, but is quite low and rare. ...Read more

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How uncomfortable is it to get a colonoscopy?

Depends...: Techniques of sedation vary widely, and "difficulty" of colonoscopy do too, depending on anatomy differences, previous surgeries, scar tissue and examiner technique. Discuss your concerns with whomever you choose to do it, and they should be able to allay your anxiety. Most peolpe do just fine with light sedation, but a few may need more anesthesia, often requiring an anesthesia provider. ...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