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I'm getting endoscopy and colonoscopy on 18th, do I need to avoid alcohol? How long before procedure do I need to stop drinking?

I'm getting endoscopy and colonoscopy on 18th, do I need to avoid alcohol? How long before procedure do I need to stop drinking?

Ask your doctor: You certainly need to avoid it after midnight the night before the procedure, since you will likely have sedation with these tests, but the final arbiter on how long you should be without alcohol before the test is the gastroenterologist who is going to perform the tests. It should be in the instructions you get before the procedure, and if it isn't, you should ask. Good luck. ...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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I had a colonoscopy yesterday how long before I can stop worrying about complications? Bowel perforation bleeding infection......etc

I had a colonoscopy yesterday how long before I can stop worrying about complications? Bowel perforation bleeding infection......etc

Stop today: I it was a simple diagnostic study, and you feel fine, you can rest assured that your ok. Even it they performed a biopsy, chances are you'll be just fine. You can't do anything about it anyway, and off you had sifnificant bleeding, you would see blood in the stool. Call your doctor if this happens. Hope this helps! ...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.

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 many days before a colonoscopy should I stop drinking alcohol? Should I stop just during the bowel prep and the day of the procedure?

How many days before a colonoscopy should I stop drinking alcohol? Should I stop just during the bowel prep and the day of the procedure?

Agree with below: Not a question that most social-only drinkers would ask. Daily alcohol consumption can make sedating you more difficult as your liver is revved up. Would try to stay away for at least 5-7 days if you're drinking more than 2drinks/day or 14/week. ...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?

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.?

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 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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Why do u have to stop diary products a few days before a colonoscopy?

Why do u have to stop diary products a few days before a colonoscopy?

Clear liquids: Are recommended for the colonoscopy prep in order to optimize visualization. If the bowel secretions are cloudy from milk proteins it is more difficult to clear the area completely and have an optimal view of the bowel lining through the scope. Following the prep instructions exactly gives you the best chance of having the most accurate examination. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Are there certain medications I should stop taking before my colonoscopy?

Possibly: In general, we will want you to continue taking all of your usual medications prior to your colonoscopy, even the morning of the procedure. However, some medications such as ibuprofen, aspirin, anti-platelet agents and warfarin will increase the risk if bleeding if polyps are removed. Depending why you are taking any of these medications, your endoscopist may want you to stop them. ...Read more

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How long does blaoting last after colonoscopy?

Couple of days: It depends on how much air is expelled by the person who had the colonoscopy (farting afterwards). Less farted. Longer possible bloating feeling ...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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How long will I need to rest after my colonoscopy?

A day: You can usually return to normal activity the day afier the procedure. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a colonoscopy and endoscopy?

Variable time: A colonoscopy and endoscopy at the same is called a bi-directional. There are variables that affect the amount of time such as skill of the operating physician, amount of fecal material and need for tissue samples.

Generally the actual procedure takes 10 - 45 minutes. After the procedure it takes approximately 30 mins to 3 hours to recover from the sedating medications. ...Read more

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When is it safe to stop getting routine colonoscopies?

When is it safe to stop getting routine colonoscopies?

Unknown: If patient is old enough to prevent cancer and comorbidities risk do not outweigh benefit than continue into the 80 year old range. If you find it ok for an 85 or 90 year old to get colorectal cancer which is preventable than stop at 80. ...Read more

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How long does it take to move bowels after a colonoscopy?

Varies: Depending on your normal bowel function and the foods you consume after your test, many people resume normal bowel movements the next day. ...Read more

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How long until you can drive after colonoscopy anasthesia?

Ask your physician: The time period that you should not drive, operate heavy machinery, or make major decisions would depend on the medications that you were given for your procedure. Some anesthetic drugs have a very short half life and could have you back behind the wheel in a few hours, while others are quite long acting and it would be best to wait until the next day. Discuss your situation with your doctor. ...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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I am 62 years old and I'm going for my colonoscopy did I wait too long?

Probably: If nothing is found that is fine. All too often waiting a long period of time, that is when colonoscopy should at least be initiated at age 40, one finds that there is a fully developed malignancy. Colon cancer is a frequently occuring lesion best detected by colonoscopy at a time when the growth is in the polyp stage of development and this can only be detected by colonoscopy ...Read more

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How long before your bowels get back to normal after colonoscopy? It has been 2 months...

How long before your bowels get back to normal after colonoscopy? It has been 2 months...

After colonoscopy: Normally 3 to 4 days to get back to normal. If you are still not back to your normal bowel habits you need to call your doctor. Maybe there was an abnormality on your scope that you are just not aware of... ...Read more

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I had my first colonoscopy yesterday morning around 9:00 a.m. Today I feel very tired. How long should this last?

No more: Than 24-48 hours to get better The medications should wear off by now and you should gain strength back as you resume your normal diet. Also try and take in several cups of water or fluids today to rehydrate your body. If symptoms persist contact your GI doctor ...Read more