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Dr. Sewa Legha
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
45 years in practice
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When is the first bowel movement after colonoscopy?

Dr. Sewa Legha
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
45 years in practice
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When is the first bowel movement after colonoscopy?

By now it should be: Let nature take its own time which is anytime about 3 to 5 days. By now it must be all fine. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Smith
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Dr. Stephen Lloyd
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
41 years in practice
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Is it normal to have white in first bowel movement after a colonoscopy?

Dr. Stephen Lloyd
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
41 years in practice
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Is it normal to have white in first bowel movement after a colonoscopy?

Yes: Often after the colonoscopy, there is a little bit of mucous. As long as you are not having pain, it should resolve. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Smith
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Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
52 years in practice
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4 day days, no bowel movement after colonoscopy, should I be concerned?

Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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4 day days, no bowel movement after colonoscopy, should I be concerned?

No not at all: No you don't have to be concerned as long as you are eating regular diet and otherwise feel ok without any other symptoms, it will happen soon.Have patience. ...Read more

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Dr. Hung Khong
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
22 years in practice
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How long does it take to have a bowel movement after having a colonoscopy?

Dr. Hung Khong
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
22 years in practice
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A day or two: After a colonoscopy, you should be able to eat normally. It depends on what and how much you eat, you should have a bowel movement within a day or two. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Smith
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Dr. Scott Browning
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
25 years in practice
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Should I be worried if I don't have a bowel movement for a few days after a colonoscopy?

Dr. Scott Browning
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
25 years in practice
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Should I be worried if I don't have a bowel movement for a few days after a colonoscopy?

No: The "transit time" for a normal person's colon (time it takes stool to get from the beginning to the end of the colon) varies from one to several days. Therefore, after you've done a bowel preparation prior to your colonoscopy, and the colon is empty, it may take a few days for stool to make it around to the rectum. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeremy Adler
Board Certified, Pediatric Gastroenterology
22 years in practice
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How many days after colonoscopy should I have bowel movement?

Dr. Jeremy Adler
Board Certified, Pediatric Gastroenterology
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How many days after colonoscopy should I have bowel movement?

1-2 days: If you go home and start eating afterward, then you should start having some stool within a day or two. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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How long after a colonoscopy will you have a bowel movement?

Dr. Sewa Legha
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
45 years in practice
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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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Dr. Fidias De Leon
Board Certified, Nuclear Medicine
16 years in practice
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How long after a colonoscopy should I expect to have a bowel movement?

Dr. Fidias De Leon
Board Certified, Nuclear Medicine
16 years in practice
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Few days: Your colon was empty in preperation for the colonoscopy, therefore it would take a few days to have a bowel movement. ...Read more

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Dr. Jason Hemming
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
12 years in practice
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When should I expect my 1st bowel movement after a colonoscopy?

Dr. Jason Hemming
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
12 years in practice
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When should I expect my 1st bowel movement after a colonoscopy?

Depends: Usually in 1-2 days.

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
52 years in practice
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How long after colonoscopy until you have a normal bowel movement?

Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
52 years in practice
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How long after colonoscopy until you have a normal 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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