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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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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 am due for my first colonoscopy. what should I expect?

I am due for my first colonoscopy. what should I expect?

Colonoscopy: The worst part is the prep. In the lab expect them to give you short term anesthesia and you will wake up and not remember anything. Ask them what they found. ...Read more

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What should I expect before my ultrasound? I am pregnant and preparing for my first ultrasound. What should I expect? .

What should I expect before my ultrasound? I am pregnant and preparing for my first ultrasound.  What should I expect?

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Ultrasound: It depends on how many weeks pregnant you are. If this a early pregnancy then you will need a transvaginal ultrasound to better delineate the baby and to see the heartbeat and to estimate fetal age. A vaginal probe will be placed in your vagina once you have an empty bladder. You may feel some pressure but the pics should be great.. ...Read more

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I have wrist surgery next week. What should I expect, what to do?

I have wrist surgery next week. What should I expect, what to do?

Talk to your surgeon: This is certainly something you want to discuss at length with your surgeon. There are dozens of "wrist" surgeries, so i can't begin to answer these for you. You have every right to have every question answered fully and to your satisfaction prior to surgery, so i encourage you to either call your surgeon or make a preoperative appointment to answer these questions prior to your surgery. ...Read more

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I forgot about my clear diet and took dairy 48hrs prior to my colonoscopy. what should I do now?

I forgot about my clear diet and took dairy 48hrs prior to my colonoscopy. what should I do now?

Call your doctor...: ...who will want to know how much dairy you consumed, and how compliant otherwise you were with his/her prep instructions. Appropriate to what they hear, they may ask you to proceed with colonoscopy as scheduled, or reschedule. ...Read more

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Hello I wanted to know what precautions I should use considering I am going to have sex fir first time ever. What should I do?

Hello I wanted to know what precautions I should use considering I am going to have sex fir first time ever. What should I do?

Thought & Condoms: I would advise you first think about your decision and make sure this is with a person with whom you will be in a committed long term relationship. Then I would always advise condom use. Know how to use it, practice putting it on bananas, and on yourself. Your partner should also be on birth control. You could also get yourself and your partner tested at the same time for any STD's ...Read more

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What to do if I am having my first MRI tomorrow?

What to do if I am having my first MRI tomorrow?

Nothing tonight : an MRI is a completely noninvasive study. It involves lying on a table inside a medical imaging device for 30 minutes to an hour. The device makes loud sounds but there are often ear plugs or music provided during the scan. There is nothing you need to do beforehand unless you are claustrophobic in which case your Dr may provide you with something to relax. ...Read more

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I am having a breast biopsy on tomorrow. What should I expect? I am scared. Would I be in pain after?

I am having a breast biopsy on tomorrow. What should I expect? I am scared. Would I be in pain after?

Relax if possible: Most patients are scared or worried about procedures and I don' t blame them. It's scary having a procedure and having to wait for the results. Take a deep breath, you should do fine. You should expect some soreness at the biopsy site but it should be easily controlled with pain meds and ice compresses. Your physician will give you discharge instructions to make you comfortable. Good luck . ...Read more

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What to do if I am worried about my 2 year old son having a holter monitor test. I don't know what to expect.?

What to do if I am worried about my 2 year old son having a holter monitor test. I don't know what to expect.?

Simple procedure: They attach pads to the kids chest wall in different places.These are attached to a pager like recorder that can be worn on the waistline or diaper.It takes a continuous EKG for a defined period, often 12 or 24 hrs. The data collected is run through a computer that picks up the rhythms and can print out any suspicious areas for the doc to review. ...Read more

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Please help! I am having wrist surgery next week. What should I expect?

Please help! I am having wrist surgery next week. What should I expect?

? Surgery: What specific type of "wrist" surgery are you having? Carpal tunnel release? Tfcc scope / debridement ? 4- corner fusion , etc., etc. Be more specific and may be able to help w/ expectations... Good luck! ...Read more

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Hi i just had gallbladder removed one year ago i want to know what to eat and don, t eat after it removed thanks I am on diat?

Hi i just had gallbladder removed one year ago i want to know what to eat and don, t eat after  it removed   thanks I am on diat?

ANYTHING: Once the symptomatic gallbladder has been removed, you have absolutely no dietary restrictions. The gallbladder does not make bile, and all the bile your liver makes is still there and still enters the GI tract. Of course, i recommend a balanced diet, but go ahead and enjoy your favorite fatty treat on occasion. Good luck. ...Read more

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Im about to have my first obgyn appt on sept 13 but I think im about to start my period..What should I do?

Im about to have my first obgyn appt on sept 13 but I think im about to start my period..What should I do?

Call the office.: Depends on the purpose of the visit. If it is for a pap and annual, may be best to reschedule if you are on your cycle. The front office of your doctors get this question all the time. ...Read more

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What to do if I am 8 weeks pregnant n about three months ago I had a lumbar discectomy n my specialist wants me to have an update. should I wait for my 20wk?

What to do if I am 8 weeks pregnant n about three months ago I had a lumbar discectomy n my specialist wants me to have an update. should I wait for my 20wk?

Wait if possible: Your spine surgeon wants an update? Of.....your MRI?? If so, then MRI is considered safe during pregnancy, but if it can wait until 20 weeks, then all the better. Good luck! ...Read more

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I had a upper endoscopy yesterday i am in so much pain today my heart is racing should i page my dr? I just dont know what to do! Please help

I had a upper endoscopy yesterday i am in so much pain today my heart is racing should i page my dr? I just dont know what to do! Please help

Sounds Reasonable: Calling your doc would be best since they know you, they know what they did, what complications to expect, & how much pain you're likely to have as well as the best for prescribing meds or giving advice. You're also welcome to contact me or any doc for a live consult on HT or send questions for advice with more information. You can write to: www.healthtap.com/dr-saghafi Key Code: PDXFNR ...Read more

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How do I tell my therapist about my suicide attempt last week when I see her for my next session? I know I need to tell her but I worry I wont

How do I tell my therapist about my suicide attempt last week when I see her for my next session? I know I need to tell her but I worry I wont

Holding back: important information will not help therapy and only slow down the healing process. Draw upon your inner courage and it will help you make progress. Start by saying: "I want to tell you something." You can do it. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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If i tested positive for rubella and im preganent what should I do. My dr. Never mentioned it to me i had to request my labs i don't no what do to im worried about the baby

If i tested positive for rubella and im preganent what should I do. My dr. Never mentioned it to me i had to request my labs i don't no what do to im worried about the baby

Usually, : Usually, most prenatal screening tests look for the presence of rubella antibodies which means that a positive result is good! if you have rubella antibodies it means that you are immune to rubella (usually from the vaccine you received as a kid) and that you and the baby are safe. If you don't think this is the case, call your doctor to clarify. ...Read more

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I am 9 weeks 6days pregnant. Was told I have blood behind my placenta. I go for an ultrasound next week. Should i be worried? What do I need to do?

I am 9 weeks 6days pregnant. Was told I have blood behind my placenta. I go for an ultrasound next week. Should i be worried? What do I need to do?

Subchorionic hemorr: This is actually a common finding and usually resolves on it's own. If you are not having pain/cramping or actively bleeding you should try not to be too worried and hope for the best. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with rectal cancer after colonoscopy, now next endoscopy for check, but I don't want terrible pain again, what should I do?

I have been diagnosed with rectal cancer after colonoscopy, now next endoscopy for check, but I don't want terrible pain again, what should I do?

Propofol sedation: Some patients can not tolerate regular sedation (conscious sedation) during colonoscopy. Ask your doctor who will perform the colonoscopy if he/she or an anesthesiologist can sedate you with Propofol. In many areas of the USA, Propofol is the standard medication for colonoscopy sedation. However, in most other parts of the country, colonoscopy is performed using conscious sedation. ...Read more

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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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I am due for my first colonoscopy. what should I expect?

Colonoscopy: The worst part is the prep. In the lab expect them to give you short term anesthesia and you will wake up and not remember anything. Ask them what they found. ...Read more

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Just for Information, I am to have my first colonoscopy. In General Terms what should I expect?

Just for Information, I am to have my first colonoscopy. In General Terms what should I expect?

Prep is an issue.: The night prior to the study you will take a "prep" orally, which is designed to cause significant diarrhea. Most patient's find this a little unpleasant, bad taste, large volume to drink, on the toilet all night, cramps. On the day of the procedure an IV for sedation, the procedure can be painful, depends on how easy the scope advances through the colon. Someone should drive you home. ...Read more

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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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Developed diverticulitis following colonoscopy. First time ever had it. Colon now messed up. Chance of diverticulitis happening again?

Developed diverticulitis following colonoscopy. First time ever had it. Colon now messed up. Chance of diverticulitis happening again?

Close observation: One risk associated with an elective colonoscopy is a perforation. A plain xray of your abdomen when symptoms start after procedure can help diagnose. It would be difficult to tell the difference from diverticulitis. Recurrance risk will also depend on status of diverticular disease. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors in having a colonoscopy done in first trimester of pregnancy?

Not risky if indicat: Colonoscopy may be relatively safe without large fetal risk during first and second trimester of pregnancy if medically indicated. ...Read more

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My mother just had a polyp removed during her colonoscopy. She was 10 years past due when she finally had her first. Am I still higher risk?

My mother just had a polyp removed during her colonoscopy. She was 10 years past due when she finally had her first. Am I still higher risk?

No: If she was 60 and the 1 polyp was found, you are still recommended for colonoscopy at age 50. If you have 2 first degree relatives with colorectal cancer or with advanced polyps or if your mom was less than 60 and the polyp was advanced or colorectal cancer then you would need colonoscopy starting at age 40 and every 5 years thereafter. ...Read more

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