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Dr. Sewa Legha
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When is the first bowel movement after colonoscopy?

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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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


Dr. Stephen Lloyd
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Is it normal to have white in first bowel movement after a colonoscopy?

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. Yash Khanna
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4 day days, no bowel movement after colonoscopy, should I be concerned?

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
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How long does it take to have a bowel movement after having a colonoscopy?

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. Scott Browning
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Should I be worried if I don't have a bowel movement for a few days after a colonoscopy?

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
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How many days after colonoscopy should I have bowel movement?

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. Fidias De Leon
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How long after a colonoscopy should I expect to have a bowel movement?

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. Sewa Legha
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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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Dr. Yash Khanna
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How long after colonoscopy until you have a normal bowel movement?

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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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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The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more


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