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I'm having a gastroscopy and colonoscopy next week. What is involved with the procedures?

I'm having a gastroscopy and colonoscopy next week. What is involved with the procedures?

I hope they told you: we certainly should not be the sole source of information for this!! but - you'll need to take the laxatives for the colonoscopy the day before, show up at the right time, get an IV and some sedation. I like doing the endoscopies first - that's a 2min exam with a tube the size of your pinkie. Then you stay in same position and get the colonoscopy done. go to recovery & have someone take you home! ...Read more

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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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I'm having a Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy next week and being put to sleep. How safe are the procedures? I've never had anesthesia

I'm having a Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy next week and being put to sleep. How safe are the procedures? I've never had anesthesia

Very safe: in the hands of a competent anesthesia provider. These procedures are performed thousands of times every single day. Be well and good luck. ...Read more

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Hi I had a gastroscopy and colonoscopy 4 days ago and ever since I've been randomly getting chest pains around my sternum, they are really painful?

Hi I had a gastroscopy and colonoscopy 4 days ago and ever since I've been randomly getting chest pains around my sternum, they are really painful?

Symptoms: You should contact your gastroenterologist and report your symptoms. It could be nothing more than 'gas' but no way for us to know out here. ...Read more

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I had a gastroscopy & colonoscopy 4 days ago and samples were taken for biopsy, today i'm not feeling well and having black liquid diahrreas, why?

I had a gastroscopy & colonoscopy 4 days ago and samples were taken for biopsy, today i'm not feeling well and  having black liquid diahrreas, why?

Revisit: You need to revisit the doctor who performed your procedures. By your description, i suspect that you are bleeding from your gastrointestinal tract, probably from your stomach where biopsies were taken. This explains the black diarrhea. Call your doctor or go to the nearest er immediately. ...Read more

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How does the risk of a gastroscopy compare to a colonoscopy?

Neither have risk: When both procedures carried out under mild anesthersia, the patient essentailly experiences no side effect. With colonoscopy air however has to inflate bowel for visualization and being NPO isnt suffiecient to clean out the colon. GoLytley has to be employed. Minor risk with some bx close to bowel mucosa where perforation has resulted .especially in colon. ...Read more

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Couldn't do. My colonoscopy/gastroscopy due to extreme fear of medical stuff, even with 20mg temazepam, what can I do to relax more for retest?

Couldn't do. My colonoscopy/gastroscopy due to extreme fear of medical stuff, even with 20mg temazepam, what can I do to relax more for retest?

Talk to your doc!: It's ok to be scared & anxious. Many people are too worried to take tests that can detect problems early on when it's easier to treat. Talk to your doc about your fears. S/he should have other options up their proverbial sleeve besides temazepam 20mg. Perhaps you'll need to consider an anesthesiologist rather than just conscious sedation. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is a snack I can eat the night before my colonoscopy/gastroscopy? Doc said no solid food, what is ok to eat ?

What is a snack I can eat the night before my colonoscopy/gastroscopy? Doc said no solid food, what is ok to eat ?

Liquids only: You can drink all the water you want. Some low residue foods like Jello are ok but no solids once you get to within 24 hours of the Colonscopic examination. You can drink tea and some of the sodas up until 12 hours before procedure...after that water only. Your Gastroenterologist will have a standard instructions which you should obtain from him or his nurse and follow them exactly.after ...Read more

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Constant bloated feeling behind ribs up left quad. Had ct, mrcp, colonoscopy, gastroscopy, EUS. Doc says ibs. Is this a symptom of ibs?

Constant bloated feeling behind ribs up left quad. Had ct, mrcp, colonoscopy, gastroscopy, EUS. Doc says ibs. Is this a symptom of ibs?

IBS?: Upper abdominal bloating certainly can be a symptom of IBS. It sounds as though you have had a fairly thorough work up performed. If you're still on sure of the diagnosis, you can always ask for a second opinion from another gastroenterologist or even from a gastroenterologist here on Healthtap, if you have your test results available. Otherwise, you may ask your doctor about treatment of IBS. ...Read more

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Hearburn and urge to have bowel movement soon after eating. Gastroscopy into stomach clear and colonoscopy clear. Very fatigued. Any clues what to do?

Hearburn and urge to have bowel movement soon after eating. Gastroscopy into stomach clear and colonoscopy clear. Very fatigued. Any clues what to do?

Start with a: comprehensive medical evaluation to exclude underlying diseases causing fatigue: anemia, hypothyroidism, liver, kidney, heart disease, etc. Symptomatic treatment of the heartburn with antacids, avoidance of spicy foods, OTC H2 blockers or PPIs may help. The urgent BM sounds like Irritable Bowel and should respond to dietary fiber, fluids, exercise, stress reduction..a comprehensive approach:) ...Read more

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Chronic diahrea,urges to go, abdominal pain. Colonoscopy,gastroscopy,stool test,blood test (c-reactive protein, ESR,ferritin) All normal, IBD likely ?

Chronic diahrea,urges to go, abdominal pain. Colonoscopy,gastroscopy,stool test,blood test (c-reactive protein, ESR,ferritin) All normal, IBD likely ?

Maybe: Trusting you were also checked for gluten enteropathy. I suspect you have functional bowel syndrome. It's mostly organic rather than "nerves" and can be treated. Inflammatory bowel syndrome seems unlikely. Get advice on diet, maybe meds, don't overlook the likely benefits of getting into more physical fitness stuff. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Chronic abdominal pain, frequent/urgent bowel movement. Diahrea, colonoscopy,gastroscopy,fecal occult blood, all normal result. is IBS likely ?

Chronic abdominal pain, frequent/urgent bowel movement. Diahrea, colonoscopy,gastroscopy,fecal occult blood, all normal result. is IBS likely ?

IBS: Normal colonic/ileal biopsies rules out inflammatory bowel disease, as these shows some certain histological features. Also, normal duodenal biopsies from the bulb and second part, rules out celiac disease. IBS can be diarrhea or constipation predominant. If your abdominal pain is somewhat relieved after defection, this suggests IBS. ...Read more

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How should I prepare for a colonoscopy and a gastroscopy?

You : Should discuss preparation and any question you have with your GI doctor, who will give you specific instructions of his preferences. Each endoscopist has their favorite set of instructions and preps the prefer to use. ...Read more

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Do you have to recovery after a colonoscopy and gastroscopy?

Colonoscopy: For any procedure which involves anethesia, you need a recovery period to recover. ...Read more

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Well in terms of something going horribly wrong, as small a chance as that might be, is one safer than the other? Colonoscopy vs gastroscopy.

Well in terms of something going horribly wrong, as small a chance as that might be, is one safer than the other? Colonoscopy vs gastroscopy.

Both are very safe: modern colonoscopy and EGD are extremely safe. Complications are rare. Probably the most common complication is perforation, and it reportedly occurs in about one of every 1200 colonoscopies and about one every 2000 upper endoscopies. There are rare risks of bleeding and of a reaction to the sedation. Overall, they are extremely safe, and if you have a reason for needing one, don't shy away. ...Read more

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My colonoscopy and gastroscopy examinations last March showed symptoms of ulcer.Should I take such exams this year?Are such exams have side effects?

Gastroscopy needed: If your colonoscopy was normal, but you were found to have an ulcer on gastroscopy, then you should have a follow up gastroscopy to make sure the ulcer is healed. I assume that you have received treatment for the ulcer. ...Read more