How long does it take to recover from a colonoscopy - Doctor answers

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How long does it take to undergo a colonoscopy?

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

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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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 does it take for a colonoscopy and endoscopy?

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

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 does it take to replenish electrolytes that have been lost during a colonoscopy prep?

No time at all: Your colonoscopy prep should have been done with Go-lytely a mixture of laxity r and electrolytes which stops any electrolyte depletion. If not, you can replenish your self in a few hours if otherwise healthy by drinking something electrolyte rich like coconut water. ...Read more

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I had laser surgery on my valva it was a large removal and colonoscopy it's been a month how long does it take for the pain to go away?

I had laser surgery on my valva it was a large removal and colonoscopy it's been a month how long does it take for the pain to go away?

Was this for genital: Warts? Cancer? Who performed the procedure should see you and counsel you about whether this is usual or not, infected or not, and help you with pain management. ...Read more

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How long does it take to have a bowel movement after having a colonoscopy?

A day or two: After a colonoscopy, you should be able to eat normally. It depends on what and how much you eat, you should have a bowel movement within a day or two. ...Read more

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How long will it take to heal by itself for hemorrhoid I got because of preparation for colonoscopy?

How long will it take to heal by itself for hemorrhoid I got because of preparation for colonoscopy?

Depends how bad?: Procedure related hemorrhoidal problem usually will resolve in few days to a week. Eat high fibre diet, take stool softeners, and plenty of fluids with local care for faster relief. Speak to your doctor also. ...Read more

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On average how long does a colonoscopy and endoscopy done at the same time take? Will the sedation cause funny behavior after like anesthesia does?

On average how long does a colonoscopy and endoscopy done at the same time take? Will the sedation cause funny behavior after like anesthesia does?

Short sedation: EGD (upper endoscopy) can be as short as 5 minutes, with biposies most of them accopmlished in ~15 min. Colonoscopy takes longer, most fit in the timeframe of 20-40 minutes. The sedation used for the procedure is quite deep usually and approaches/equals Total Intravenous Anesthesia, TIVA. Due to nature of the drug (s) used the recovery may vary but usually is pretty fast and free of side effects. ...Read more

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How long after having an endoscopy&colonoscopy (at the same time) & they also take a biopsy are you allowed to eat? Also will nausea be felt after?

How long after having an endoscopy&colonoscopy (at the same time) & they also take a biopsy are you allowed to eat? Also will nausea be felt after?

See below: Nausea from these procedures is not common. You will be able to eat a few hours after the procedure, may be even sooner. As soon as you recover from the sedation and have normal swallowing reflex, it will be safe to eat. ...Read more

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Since my endo and colonoscopy on tuesday IV had sharp abdominal pain that's constant. They did take biopsies but should I be in discomfort this long?

Since my endo and colonoscopy on tuesday IV had sharp abdominal pain that's constant. They did take biopsies but should I be in discomfort this long?

Need more info: Where is the pain? Are you eating or have nausea and vomiting? Any fever? Generally there would be no pain after those procedures. Do not wait any longer. Call your doctor now or go to the er if the pain is significant. ...Read more

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How long do Hemorrhoids (Internal) take to heal? I had itching recently, and today had bits of blood on stool (already had Colonoscopy).Doesn't hurt much

How long do Hemorrhoids (Internal) take to heal? I had itching recently, and today had bits of blood on stool (already had Colonoscopy).Doesn't hurt much

Can take up to 2 wks: Most important, is prevention of these hemorrhoids. Often times it comes as a result of constipation, or not drinking enough liquids. If you're using any prescription like Proctofoam HC right now to bring relief, that will get you through this healing. However, the best advice is to do regular exercise like walking, eating a high-fiber diet, drinking enough liquids, and not holding your stool in, and pooping at least 2 to 3 times a day. This would help in your preventive efforts. ...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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Why does it take 2-4 hours to perform the colonoscopy?

It doesn't: It doesn't unless you have a specific problem. ...Read more