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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
I had my first colonoscopy yesterday morning around 9:00 a.m. Today I feel very tired. How long should this last?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gi wants first available colonoscopy but his secretary won't sked cuz I can't receive instrux by fax and they don't have email. Should I get new doc?
Local Problem: That is your choice. It is not something for this international application to get involved in. ...Read more
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Had my first colonoscopy yesterday, last night and today my right side is tender to the touch. Almost feels like I did a major work out soreness.?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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