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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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Why do I have to have somebody with me when I have a colonoscopy done? I am having a colonoscopy done this tuesday. And it tells me i need to have somebody with me. What happens if i cannot find anyone to go with me? I do not drive and will be taking a ca

The : The reason for having someone with you is that you will be getting sedation for your procedure and it would not be safe for you to drive afterwards. Most facilities also ask that you not take a cab or bus after sedation, though it can be argued that this might be overly cautious. You should contact the facility you're going to, explain that you plan to take a cab, and ask if that would be okay. They may ask you to sign a waiver of liability, but will probably be willing to go forward. ...Read more

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When is the pain of this air from the colonoscopy gonna go away? This is very annoying

You need a good fart: The painful bloating from the air instilled during a colonoscopy either has to pass or be absorbed (very slow.) if you are having severe pain, a sharp sudden change in pain, fever or are very concerned, you should get checked out as this may be a sign of a complication (perforation.) good luck, and walk around - it will help. ...Read more

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I go to my annual checkup soon. Should I ask for a colonoscopy since I'm almost 52?

I go to my annual checkup soon. Should I ask for a colonoscopy since I'm almost 52?

Yes, incidence of Ca: (Cancer) from colon polyps ?es more rapidly after ~age 40, more rapidly after age 50, from general population data. Does this apply to you? Maybe yes, maybe no. How do you find out? Have you colon examined by someone who will do a high quality exam, complete with many color photos (video better, yet few do this) so that you can review, verify & understand what they found, polyps & diverticuliti. ...Read more

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Can Crohn's and/or colitis go undetected in colonoscopies?

Can Crohn's and/or colitis go undetected in colonoscopies?

Yes and no: It would be very unlikely. to not detect a colitis on colonoscopy, but Crohn,s disease can just affect the small intestine out of view, but other studies can pick it up. Discuss with the Gastroenterologist who performed the colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Is it normal for me to go to the bathroom constantly the night before my colonoscopy?

Is it normal for me to go to the bathroom constantly the night before my colonoscopy?

Yes: The purpose of a colonoscopy is to look at the entire inner lining of the colon. The cleaner the colon is the better the results of the test. Bowel prepping - taking a prescribed laxative to clean out the colon - induces diarrhea. The idea is to get everything out of the colon so your doctor can visulaize as much of the colon as possible. I often recommend desitin to help protect the skin! ...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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What should I expect when I go in for a colonoscopy? How painful/uncomfortable is it?

What should I expect when I go in for a colonoscopy? How painful/uncomfortable is it?

Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy may be done in a doctor's office, clinic, or a hospital. The test is most often done by a doctor who works with problems of the digestive system (gastroenterologist). Some family doctors, internists, and surgeons are also trained to do colonoscopy. During the test, you may get a pain medicine and a sedative put in a vein in your arm (iv). You many not remember anything about the test. ...Read more

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