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How soon after a colonoscopy can I return to work?

How soon after a colonoscopy can I return to work?

Next day: You should feel fine after the sedation from medication is gone out of system which occurs in 8-12 hours. ...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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Should you return to work after a colonoscopy?

Yes: If you feel fine and had no complication, there is no reason not to go back to work. If you don't want to go back the same day, ok to go back to work the next day. ...Read more

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If you're having a colonoscopy on Thursday morning can u return to work delivering the mail (driving) the next morning?

If you're having a colonoscopy on Thursday morning can u return to work delivering the mail (driving) the next morning?

Most people could: The most concerning factor is that you are fully recovered from the anesthesia (typically IV sedation) you are given during the procedure. But most people would be fine to drive the next day. The affects within the bowel--a little discomfort from manipulating the scope and introducing some air--are usually long gone and not an issue within a few hours. Watch for pain, etc, per post-op suggestions. ...Read more

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I have a colonoscopy scheduled for 0830. My boss wants me to go back to work at 1300? Is this feasible? Safe?

I have a colonoscopy scheduled for 0830. My boss wants me to go back to work at 1300? Is this feasible? Safe?

No Not Safe: You are given sedation before colonoscopy&you are discharged with instructions not to drive as you will still have effect of the seadatives used. If some one can drive you to work&your work involves sit down job only. And some one will drive you home. In that case you may be able to show up at your job. You may still be sleepy& groggy and may not be able to do much. Show your boss discharge instruction ...Read more

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Can anyone give some suggestions as to what I may have? Ok long story short im sick, I've had xrays done blood work urine test ultra sounds colonoscopy gastroscope exam, even had my gallbladder removed (how this all began) my symptoms are: sever abdominal

Can anyone give some suggestions as to what I may have? Ok long story short im sick, I've had xrays done blood work urine test ultra sounds colonoscopy gastroscope exam, even had my gallbladder removed (how this all began) my symptoms are: sever abdominal

You: You need a thorough checkup, possibly with ct scan or mri, there is no way anyone could pinpoint the diagnosis from the plethora of symptoms you have. More than likely, it is not something you could shrug off; if this were me, I would be in my doctors waiting room or possibly even er today. Please do not take this lightly, you need medical attention now. ...Read more

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A 50 year-old woman has unexplained weight loss and abdominal pain with no apparent cause.....?

A 50 year-old woman has unexplained weight loss and abdominal pain with no apparent cause.....?

Weight loss: I understand your concern.
Follow through with physicians and specialists for possible Diagnosis of Hyperthyroidism, Diabetes, Peptic ulcer, Chronic Pancreatitis, Crohn’s disease, Malabsorption, Hepatitis or Cancer.
See Psychiatrist for depression with painful feelings due to stresses of relationship, marriage, separation, parenting, lack of support from family and unresolved conflicts. ...Read more

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How long after a colonoscopy should I expect to have a bowl movememt?

With a good: Bowel prep and barring any other issues, most patients will have a bm within 24-48 hours after a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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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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How long after a colonoscopy prep is finished does diarrhea last?

Depends on the prep: Frequently, I use Dulcolax to speed up GI transit and reduce the amount of time. Usually I tell patients to alot at least 3 hours after they finish the prep to have diarrhea. ...Read more

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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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How long after a colonoscopy before you should have a 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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How long after a colonoscopy should you can expect to have a normal bowel movement?

How long after a colonoscopy should you can expect to have a normal bowel movement?

Two or three: Days. If you don't return to normal after that, consult your GI specialist. I hope they didn't find anything serious up there. ...Read more

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How long does it take to undergo a colonoscopy?

Less than 1/2 hour: Most diagnostic colonoscopies take anywhere from 15 - 20 minutes. More time is spent in the pre- and post-procedure period. ...Read more

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At what age is a colonoscopy no longer necessary, 75?

Varies: It varies on the patient's condition and what is the colonoscopy's intended purpose ...Read more

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How long should diarhorra continue after a colonoscopy?

How long should diarhorra continue after a colonoscopy?

Depends on your prep: If it didn't go that well and you didn't empty the bowels out properly, it can continue for 2-3 days. Most people have the opposite experience, no BMs for several days. ...Read more

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How long after colonoscopy should a person have a b.M.?

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

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How long to do you have to not eat food when having a colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy Prep: The prep for a colonoscopy might differ from doctor to doctor, but generally speaking most will advise that the patient eat no solid food while the preparation of the bowel is in progress. Clear fluids, however, are permitted. These include apple or cranberry juice, ginger ale, jello and clear broth. ...Read more

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How long does it take to gain back weight lost during colonoscopy procedure as eating is very limited for few days.

Mostly water: The weight lost during preparation for colonoscopy is mostly water and could be gained back in one day. However if the weight loss is due to some pathology for which colonoscopy was done, then it would depend on the pathology. ...Read more

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How long before you have a bm after colonoscopy?

Anywhere: From 12-36 hours is normal to have a bm after colonosopy. Anything longer and you should call your endoscopist and discuss with them. Also will be dependent on how much you are eating after the procedure. ...Read more

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I'm having a colonoscopy and was wondering how long will I sleep?

I'm having a colonoscopy and was wondering how long will I sleep?

Colonscopy: Colonscopy is usually done by using general anesthetics like Propofol or Demerol (meperidine hydrochloride) and versed, I beleive the procedure it self is unto 30 mins and you may have grogginess and sedation unto 24 hours, talk to your GI about this. ...Read more

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How long should I feel weak after a colonoscopy?

Very brief: Most symptoms are from the sedation/anesthesia. The test itself shouldn't cause weakness. Missing some meals might bother some patients, but within a few hours after resuming meals, you should feel fine. ...Read more

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How long should I bleed after a biopsy and colonoscopy?

Few days at most: Usually there is no visible bleeding after a biopsy on colonoscopy if there is should be more than a few hours. ...Read more

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How exactly does a virtual colonoscopy work?

It is ct of thecolor: Bowel is prepared similar to colonoscopy.A ct is done on the colon. However polyps or cancers less than 1cms can be easily missed. ...Read more