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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 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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