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Is constipation after a colonoscopy normal?

Is constipation after a colonoscopy normal?

Fairly common: Its not normal, but its not unusual. The anesthetic used can be constipating. Should resolve after just a few days however; any longer, call your provider. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Can I exercise after a colonscopy?

Can I exercise after a colonscopy?

Yup: Take it easy the first day. Then As long as your sedation has worn off and you are steady on your feet. You should really hydrate yourself up before though, because you are probably still a little dehydrated from the bowel prep. ...Read more

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Should I follow a special diet after colostomy surgery?

Should I follow a special diet after colostomy surgery?

No special diet requ: After a colostomy you can eat anything you want but i would emphasize a high fiber diet because it makes the output more manageable. ...Read more

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I am having a colonoscopy in a week & have celiac disease, for colon prep I was told to limit my food a week before to a low fiber diet, whait's that?

I am having a colonoscopy in a week & have celiac disease, for colon prep I was told to limit my food a week before to a low fiber diet, whait's that?

Low fiber diet: Meaning less of foods with high fiber content, to avoid build up of waste in the colon before the procedure, usually it is soft diet, avoid lots of fruits, vegetables, green salads, etc, ask the team who will perform the colonoscopy, they would provide you with exact diet regimen needed, good luck with the procedure ...Read more

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Exercising after a colonoscopy is safe?

Exercising after a colonoscopy is safe?

Caution!: The prep often results in dehydration. Be sure you are re-hydrated before embarking on vigorous exercise. Also any sedation other than Propofol can have lingering effects. Ask your doctor before resuming vigorous exercise! ...Read more

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Is a stool sample necessary before getting a colonoscopy?

Is a stool sample necessary before getting a colonoscopy?

No: you mean for blood? it is an alternative method for colon cancer screening, but not, it is not needed if you're getting the colonoscopy anyway. ...Read more

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How long for a bowel movement after a colonscopy?

How long for a bowel movement after a colonscopy?

Varies: If you resume a diet rich in fiber (fruits, vegetables, salads) you usually resume bowel movements the next day. ...Read more

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Constipation after a colectomy?

Constipation after a colectomy?

Yes: Could be ileus or obstruction depending on timing after surgery. Also is taking lots of narcotics this can leadto constipation. Best is to see surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it normal after having a colonoscopy to eat a sandwhich and have a bowel movement 10 hours later multiple times?

Is it normal after having a colonoscopy to eat a sandwhich and have a bowel movement 10 hours later multiple times?

Yes: colonoscopy is there to examine the colon, one that has been cleaned out by oral meds such as GoLYTLY. This usually cleans out most of the bowel but more proximally in the rt. colon and distal small bowel residual food products persist. Eating a sandwhich and having a bowel movement 10 hrs later especially if multiple doesn't represent the digested sandwich but the residual content after prep. ...Read more

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How long after a colonoscopy before you should have a bowel movement?

A day or two: Since you are not eating the day before and your bowel has been cleaned for colonoscopy and your bowel is clean.After colonoscopy you start eating regular diet and it may take a day or two to have a regular bowel movement. ...Read more

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How long after a colonoscopy will you have a bowel movement?

How long after a colonoscopy will you have a bowel movement?

Not worth worrying a: Since the bowels are completely emptied before colonoscopy, it can take several days to refill the gut in order to have a bm. So i would not be too concerned, let nature take its course. It usually takes 4 to 7 days to have a bm, yet you should not be obsessed about it. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have a small bowel fallow through with barium after a colonoscopy?

Is it safe to have a small bowel fallow through with barium after a colonoscopy?

Yes: A sbft can be safely performed after a colonoscopy as soon as bowels start moving as expected after this procedure. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have daily diarrhea after hiatal hernia surgery and on a pureed diet?

Is it normal to have daily diarrhea after hiatal hernia surgery and on a pureed diet?

Not normal.: C.difficile enterocolitis is a possibility. Often peri-operative antibiotics adversely affect the bacterial content of the colon resulting in an overgrowth of a bug called clostridium difficile. This causes inflammationc of the colon lining with resultant severe diarrhea. Stool culture is needed to make confirm the diagnosis. But if diagnostic tests are positive, vancomycin and/or Flagyl is used. ...Read more

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Why would a endoscopy not detect celiacs disease on a gluten free diet for a month?

Why would a endoscopy not detect celiacs disease on a gluten free diet for a month?

Time to heal: Celiac disease is a reaction of the small intestine to the gluten protein in wheat, barley, and rye. Inflammation & other changes are seen on biopsy. However, inflammation can occur for other reasons, &blood tests are not 100% accurate. So, if blood tests are not revealing, one approach is 1mo off gluten. If biopsy shows improvement, then likely Celiac disease. If no change, may be something else. ...Read more

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What is a light breakfast menu for day before colonoscopy?

Just no vegetables: The day before a colonoscopy, a light breakfast means not to over eat i.e. Go to a buffet. We find that vegetables tend not to digest very well right before a colonoscopy so best to avoid them on the prep day. ...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