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Should one take electrolytes during preperation and on the day of colonoscopy to avoid dehydration?

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

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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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.

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.

Yes: The prep is very important in success of the colonoscopy. you can stop drinking if rectal effluent is clear as urine. drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. ...Read more

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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???

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

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Colonoscopy in 5 hours. Not supposed to drink anything after midnight. Is it normal to feel thirsty? Does this mean I'm dehydrated?

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

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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?

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

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Colonoscopy all negative (normal).D took 4 tissues from different areas to check for microcolitis. Is this normal? Should I afraid for anything else?

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

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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.

Maybe: Hard to know. There is an increased risk of scar tissue so that could make the procedure more uncomfortable. However, a pediatric colonoscope may help. Share your concerns with your gastroenterologist and they can probably help you get through it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is a colonoscopy painful?

It shouldn't: Colonoscopies for the most part are not painful especially if sedation is used ...Read more

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How deep does a colonoscopy go?

Right colon: A proper colonoscopy should reach the right side of the colon to the junction of the colon and the small intestine. ...Read more

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How is a colonoscopy performed?

How is a colonoscopy performed?

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

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What if I ate before colonoscopy?

What if I ate before colonoscopy?

They would cancel: If you ate, your intestines may not be clean, so a reliable examination becomes difficult to carry out. This means there is going to be likely cancellation of the colonoscopic procedure. ...Read more

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Is colonoscopy the same as a ug i?

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

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I have got a colonoscopy question?

What is question?: Colonoscopy is a routine procedure performed with a long flexible endoscope after a bowel clean out. It is usually done under heavy sedation as an outpatient. Polyps can often be removed or other suspicious areas biopsied. You can resubmit a specific question. ...Read more

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How can I prepare for a colonoscopy?

Bowel prep: Follow your doctors instructions on the oral bowel prep and diet. ...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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When does someone need a colonoscopy?

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

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After a colonoscopy, what can I expect?

Tired: Most people who have a colonoscopy who had sedation, will state that they were tired, possibly hungry, or even their normal selves. ...Read more

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What we might find after a colonoscopy?

Many things!: Polyps, ulcers, cancer, diverticulas, ateriovenous malformations, hemorrhoids, inflammation, etc. ...Read more

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What can I expect during a colonoscopy?

Not much: You should be sedated during colonoscopy, so you shouldn't expect much at all. The worst part of colonoscopy is the bowel preparation. Otherwise, the procedure itself should be unnoticeable. ...Read more

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What can be expected during my colonoscopy?

What can be expected during my colonoscopy?

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

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What is the purpose of getting a colonoscopy?

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

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At what age should I start getting colonoscopies?

At what age should I start getting colonoscopies?

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

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What is the typical preparation for a colonoscopy?

Liquids and laxative: On the before the colonoscopy, you will be on a liquid diet all day and either drink an electrolyte solution or take a series of tablets-both of which will induce diarrhea. The prep usually takes 3 to 4 hours to run its course. ...Read more

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What should I do in preparation for a colonoscopy?

Do a bowel prep: Stay on a clear liquid the day befor the colonoscopy. Your endoscopist should give you a prep sheet outlining the kind of laxative you should use to cleanse your colo. ...Read more

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What do I need to do to prepare for my colonoscopy?

Plenty of liquids: Colonoscopy is a unique event and remember that the preparation is very important. Follow the directions on your particular bowel preparation and remember to drink plenty of clear liquids. ...Read more

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I have to get a colonoscopy. What does that involve?

Bowel Prep: 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

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4. Polypa were found during colonoscopy. What is next?

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

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What are the possible complications of a colonoscopy?

What are the possible complications of a colonoscopy?

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

Dr. Ashu Syal
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Dehydration (Definition)

The excessive loss of body water, with an accompanying ...Read more