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My 1st colonoscipy what should I expect?

My 1st colonoscipy what should I expect?

Prep, procedure, res: Various bowel preps-need a clean colon for test to be of value. No easy way, but many aren't awful. Need to drink lots of fluids with all of them. Come early, get checked in. Vital signs monitored, consent reviewed; get drugs. Goal is comfort;not general anesthesia. Tube inserted; may be crampy during/later. After: monitored in recovery rm. Home with companion.May be goofy.Get a nap.Ok nextday. ...Read more

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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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Why did I wake up and say ouch during my first colonoscopy?

Why did I wake up and say ouch during my first colonoscopy?

Light sedation: You are only given the smallest amount of sedation necessary. You were aware of the sensation, but this was not a problem. ...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

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Please name the pros/cons of a virtual colonoscopy vs a regular one? Which one would you recommend first or only? Why?

Pros and cons: Virtual colonoscopy pros: "safe"; cons: radiation (it's a ct scan, not covered by insurance, not as accurate, still need bowel prep real colonoscopy pros: therapeutic (if a polyp is found, it can be removed), covered by insurance. Cons: rare complications such as bleeding, perforation. Being a GI doc, I am naturally biased to latter. ...Read more

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I have to drink 2 liters of moviprep for my colonoscopy. Can't anymore after 1st liter. Is there anything else i can do?

Take break...: Go for a walk, give it about 30 minutes and try again. It doesn't mean you have to chug the whole thing in a few minutes--just don't go hours between efforts, will be less effective. ...Read more

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When to have first colonoscopy when had cancer in family?

When to have first colonoscopy when had cancer in family?

After age of 40 year: Standard age is 50 years but with family history we suggest that you do it near 40 years of age, roughly 10 years earlier than standard recomended. ...Read more

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My husband is having his 1st colonoscopy Friday. He's wondering if he can have a beer Wednesday night when he goes out with friends. ?

Follow instructions: I am sure husband was given written instructions of what to do and not to do in order to prepare for the colonoscopy. In general I don't think there would be an issue with "having a beer" 2 days before the procedure. Check with the team to be certain. ...Read more

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I am 31 i had my first colonoscopy in february of this year, is there any chance that tumors or polyps can appear soon after? It was negative!

Depends...: Depends on--genetics (is there an underlying polyposis syndrome); the skill of your colonoscopist & the quality of your colon preparation; risk reduction (eat more fiber, less fat, watch your weight); predisposing factors (crohn's colitis, ulcerative colitis), age (incidence of polyps increases with age), more. That being said, a negative exam at age 31 offers opportunity for polyp prevention. ...Read more

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I had my first routine colonoscopy at 54 years old, and I have had intense itching of the anus since the colonoscopy. Can you tell me the cause?

I had my first routine colonoscopy at 54 years old, and I have had intense itching of the anus since the colonoscopy.  Can you tell me the cause?

Inflammation: It would help to know how long this has been going on, but I can give you some generalities. The scope itself can cause irritation or very minor injury; the lubricant may be something your skin is sensitive to; you may have some hemorrhoids that the scope caused to "act up." Generally, doctors schedule a follow up to discuss the results. I recommend you bring this up at that time. ...Read more

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When should men have their first screening colonoscopy?

When should men have their first screening colonoscopy?

50: You should have it around 50 y/o unless you have a family history of colon cancer then it should be earlier. ...Read more

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