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Dehydration Following Colonoscopy
Should one take electrolytes during preperation and on the day of colonoscopy to avoid dehydration?
Not necessarily...: In a healthy person without any electrolyte abnormalities prior to the colonoscopy preparation, which is usually only the day prior to the procedure, drinking adequate water should be enough to prevent dehydration and adding electrolytes is usually unnecessary... again assuming the pre-procedure electrolytes are normal. ...Read more
Colonoscopy scheduled next week. I already go 4 or 5 times a day and barely eat. Should I take the entire prep? I'm afraid of dehydration.
I have to take suprep in two days for a colonoscopy but I am worried with the side effects I have read online headache chills and dehydration help???
Risk of colon preps: You are appropriately concerned about risks of colon preps. Regardless of type (lavage & osmotic agents, irritant laxatives, enemas) consideration should be given to: age, size, co-morbidlities, nutritional & hydration debilities, mobility, & help at home. Up to 50% may have nausea, vomiting, fullness/bloating, anal irritation. Greater risks result from fluid & electrolyte imbalance. Talk w/doctor. ...Read more
Colonoscopy in 5 hours. Not supposed to drink anything after midnight. Is it normal to feel thirsty? Does this mean I'm dehydrated?
Colonoscopy, thirsty: Some patients will feel thirsty during the process of bowel preparation for the colonoscopy, a sign of dehydration. Normally, you can still drink liquid up to 2 hours prior to colonoscopy. However, some anesthesiologists are very strict with npo status. You might want to call to verify with the surgical center where you are going to have a colonoscopy. ...Read more
Colonoscopy question I get dehydrated pretty quickly what is the best prep for the job to keep me safe golytely (polyethylene glycol) or other products?
Depends: This depends on the preferences of your colonoscopist. It is unlikely you will get dehydrated with the prep because all of the preps require you to drink twice as much water after the prep bottle. ...Read more
Colonoscopy all negative (normal).D took 4 tissues from different areas to check for microcolitis. Is this normal? Should I afraid for anything else?
Colonic biopsy: Suspect that the colonoscopist is just being extra thorough and cautious. Give them a gold star. This is just very detailed and careful medical practice. ...Read more
Would two previous c-sections (last one 3 years back) make a colonoscopy more painful? I need to have it without sedation so i'd like to prepare.
Camera on a snake: A video camera on the end of a flexible stalk, not unlike a snake, is inserted through the rectum while you are asleep. You don't feel a thing, you won't remember it, and the only bed part is the prep. ...Read more
No: A colonoscopy is using a camera inserted into the rectum (under some level of sedation) through your colon to the cecum (area of the appendix) which allows us to look for cancer as well as to biopsy areas of abnormality. A UGI is an x-ray procedure where we use x-rays to take a picture of your esophagus and stomach with dye in it which allows us to look for leaks, blockages and other issues. ...Read more
Depends: It is recommended that a baseline screening colonoscopy be done about the age of 50 in those with no symptoms. People with a family history of colon cancer in close relatives should have one about 10-15 years before that relative was diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer. Patients with rectal bleeding or other symptoms should visit their doctor and discuss colonoscopy regardless of age. ...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
Multiple purposes: The primary purpose is to screen for colon and rectal cancer. The physician is looking for polyps or other growths and will either completely remove them or get adequate biopsies so the pathologist can determine if they are benign or not. Other things that can be seen include diverticula, abnormalities of blood vessels in the colon wall, and signs of inflammation indicative of colitis. ...Read more
Depends on symptoms:
If you have no symptoms like abdominal pain, change in bowel habits or blood and no relatives, then the age is 50. However, the acg recommends african americans start colonoscopy at the age of 45.
If you have a first degree relatvie with colon cancer, you should start at age 40 or ten years younger than the affected relative whichever comes first. ...Read more
The bowel prep is usually the most uncomfortable part of the procedure. You will drink a fluid (a lot of it) that will try to clear out your intestines.
The day of the procedure you will be put to sleep with sedatives or propofol. You will basically sleep through the whole procedure. ...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
Veery rarely: Bleeding and injury to the bowel. In experienced hands the combined risk is less than 1 %. You may have gas and bloating afterward but these should resolve quickly and you can resume normal activity and diet the next day. The risk of having an undiagnosed colon disease or cancer is greater than the risk of the procedure. ...Read more