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What is used to sterilize colonoscopy equipment?

What is used to sterilize colonoscopy equipment?

Scope sterilizer: Most scopes are sterilized by a combination of heat, pressure and chemical agents to kill all bacteria, viruses and infectious agents--a thorough brushing is also usually included to remove any debris collected in biopsy channels for example. Ask your doc to explain if you have worries, but transmission of infections is very rare if proper technique is used! ...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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Is generlac used as a prep for colonoscopy?

Any laxative can!: The goal of the prep is to eliminate stool. Diet plays an important role- avoiding fruits and vegetables for a couple of days helps. Then the laxatives come in. Everyone is different in response to laxatives. Doctors find "preps" they like- if you follow their instructions, you should have a complete exam. ...Read more

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Can the lithotomy position be used for a colonoscopy?

Can the lithotomy position be used for a colonoscopy?

Any position can...: ...Be used for a colonoscopy, and often the patient is turned during the exam to facilitate scope excursion ; to optimize visualization. Please discuss with your colonoscopist what starting point is his preference ; what positions you may not be able to tolerate. Remember, however, two things: 1) you will be sedated; 2) safety and comfort are your doctor's priority. ...Read more

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What is the drug doctors used on me that makes me forget things. After colonoscopy.

What is the drug doctors used on me that makes me forget things. After colonoscopy.

Probably...: ...Versed, but for a truly accurate answer, call your doctor's office and ask the nurse to read you what sedation was provided. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy today and I don't feel pain but they used suction to clean me out and everytime i think about it comes back the pain but not real ?

I had a colonoscopy today and I don't feel pain but they used suction to clean me out and everytime i think about it comes back the pain but not real ?

All Pain=Perceptions: All sensations are interpreted within our brain. In body there are only afferent (outbound) & efferent (inbound) 1/1,000 second depolarizations on various nerve axons. Most embryologic development of body is driven by afferent+efferent orders from brain+spinal cord. So who is always "the expert" on all sensations? The person who perceives them, regardless how accurate or distorted the perceptions. ...Read more

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What is a colonoscopy?

What is a colonoscopy?

Look inside colon: You are sedated (very sleepy, but still breathing on your own). The endoscopist places an instrument through your anus and then passes it into the colon to carefully exam the colon for polyps, cancer, etc. If any abnormalities are found a biopsy may be done. Typically, it is painless - the only bother is cleaning out your bowels beforehand and even that's not so bad. ...Read more

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Do colonoscopies hurt?

No: Colonoscopy is usually performed with some form of sedation and if done correctly you should not feel anything or remember anything. ...Read more

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What is a colonoscopy like?

What is a colonoscopy like?

A simple test: After appropriate colon preparation at home, arrive at the endoscopy center, change into a gown & IV is inserted. Once in the procedure room, final consent is obtained, IV sedation is given (there are options here--some patients choose no sedation, others want to be "out cold"), & a thin flexible tube with video camera is inserted per rectum & advanced, taking pictures, biopsies, & therapeutics. ...Read more

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How to prep for a colonoscopy?

Lots of options: There are a lot of different regimens for doing a colonoscopy prep. It depends on your gastroenterologist what they prefer. Ultimate what they want is a clean prep, so you should not have any stool in your colon when they look. You will have a sense of whether your prep is complete when you look in the toilet bowl and you shouldn't see any solid material left. ...Read more

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