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What is the typical preparation for a colonoscopy?

What is the typical preparation for a colonoscopy?

Liquids and laxative: On the before the colonoscopy, you will be on a liquid diet all day and either drink an electrolyte solution or take a series of tablets-both of which will induce diarrhea. The prep usually takes 3 to 4 hours to run its course. ...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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What should I do in preparation for a colonoscopy?

What should I do in preparation for a colonoscopy?

Do a bowel prep: Stay on a clear liquid the day befor the colonoscopy. Your endoscopist should give you a prep sheet outlining the kind of laxative you should use to cleanse your colo. ...Read more

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Is there any preparation necessary before the colonoscopy?

Yes: And most physicians / centers have a specific routine of dietary changes with laxatives, so it is ver important to follow the instructions given to you. One of the most important factors for a quality colonoscopy is an excellent prep. ...Read more

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Any suggestions for getting through my preparations for a colonoscopy?

Several Tips: Don't drink your prep too fast. You are more likely to get nausea and vomiting if you chug too fast. Also, don't chill your prep too much. Really cold liquids slow down gastric emptying.

Also, the closer you take the prep to the time of colonoscopy, the cleaner your prep will be. ...Read more

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What are some ways to stave off hunger the day before a colonoscopy (during preparation)?

What are some ways to stave off hunger the day before a colonoscopy (during preparation)?

You can have clear: Liquids the day before unless advised otherwise. I tell my pts to drink a lot of fluids with the prep to keep flushing the colon. You can also have broth chick/beef and jello (avoid red). Solid food is not allowed. Its worth controlling your hunger for one day than to have to repeat the procedure if not adequately prepped. ...Read more

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So why does there seem to be more fuss about colonoscopies vs upper? Is it more to do with the preparation required and the chance of incomplete exam?

So why does there seem to be more fuss about colonoscopies vs upper? Is it more to do with the preparation required and the chance of incomplete exam?

Colonoscopy.: Not sure what you mean by "fuss, " but it is true that preparing your colon for a colonoscopy is more difficult than just not eating after midnight to prepare for an upper endoscopy. However, if you take the preparation properly, more than 90% of colonoscopies are completed without difficulty. Just follow the instructions that your doctor gives you and it should go well. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is the preparation for a colonoscopy really uncomfortable?

Depends: I find that several preps suprep, MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) snapple prep are fairly tolerable.

The traditional 4 liters of GoLytely was very difficult to take and did not taste that great. Some patients still use it today, but there are much easier, better preps. ...Read more

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When will the laxatives for my colonoscopy preparation start working?

Depends: On which preparation you were give by your doctor. Some are very fast as in 30-60 minutes, others take longer, check with your doctor who ordered the prep. ...Read more

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Got hemorrhoid because of preparation I was doing for colonoscopy. Can I still have colonoscopy?

Yes: Prepping for colonoscopy often causes a hemorrhoidal flair.
This will cool down, use some OTC suppositories, and all will be well ...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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When colonoscopy preparation need 2 day clear liquid diet instead of 24 hour?

When colonoscopy preparation need 2 day clear liquid diet instead of 24 hour?

Slow gut: Often two day prep used in patients with known or suspect delayed transit such as those on narcotics, with chronic constipation, and s/p spinal cord injury, or those who previously failed a standard one day prep. ...Read more

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How can I maximize my chance of an effective bowel preparation for my upcoming colonoscopy?

How can I maximize my chance of an effective bowel preparation for my upcoming colonoscopy?

Split prep: There are at least a dozen colonoscopy preps. However, the most effective prep is taken both the night before and the morning of the exam. Also, it is important to drink as much clear liquids as possible the 24 hours before colonoscopy. Avoid sugary drinks which draws water back into the blood stream from the colon. ...Read more

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What time should I start taking my bowel preparation on the day before my colonoscopy procedure?

What time should I start taking my bowel preparation on the day before my colonoscopy procedure?

Maybe: You should follow the directions provided to you by your endoscopist and follow them exactly as instructed! ...Read more

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How to maintain electrolyte balance during colonoscopy preparation? Should I drink mineral water and sport drinks?

How to maintain electrolyte balance during colonoscopy preparation? Should I drink mineral water and sport drinks?

Electrolytes: Colon prep is not likely to affect the electrolyte balance of normal adults significantly. Drinking these sport drinks will not hurt you and perhaps help the economy. ...Read more

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I am considering a screening sigmoidoscopy over that of a colonoscopy due to more preparation and procedural involvement. No family history. Wise?

Colonoscopy: I would suggest a colonoscopy if you are able, as it is a more complete screening. If normal you will not need another for 10 years. The sigmoidoscopy only looks at the lower portion of your colon. ...Read more

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Due to colonoscopy preparation I got 2 hemorrhoids on Monday. Today on Sunday 3rd one came. Having soft stool, no diarrhea or constapation. What is going on? What should I do? Please help

Due to colonoscopy preparation I got 2 hemorrhoids on Monday. Today on Sunday 3rd one came. Having soft stool, no diarrhea or constapation. What is going on? What should I do? Please help

See: A colorectal surgeon. You may just need a steroid containing rectal suppository. Eat mostly vegetarian. Brown not white rice & NO dairy. Mostly cooked food. HRS, MD, FACC ...Read more

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What is the purpose of reglan (metoclopramide) in colonoscopy preperation?

What is the purpose of reglan (metoclopramide) in colonoscopy preperation?

Helps: Reglan (metoclopramide) helps the stomach empty faster, pushing the large volume of the typical liquid prep out faster, lessening the chance of you vomiting it up because it doesn't go through quick enough. ...Read more

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Should one take electrolytes during preperation and on the day of colonoscopy to avoid dehydration?

Not necessarily...: In a healthy person without any electrolyte abnormalities prior to the colonoscopy preparation, which is usually only the day prior to the procedure, drinking adequate water should be enough to prevent dehydration and adding electrolytes is usually unnecessary... again assuming the pre-procedure electrolytes are normal. ...Read more

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Are there any natural bowel preps I can use before my colonoscopy?

Are there any natural bowel preps I can use before my colonoscopy?

Yes!!: Senna, an ingredient in many laxatives is a vegetable product. There are several non-absorbed sugars that give a clean prep without any "chemical" we often use sorbital- an ingredient in "sugar-free" candy. Diet is important for prep, also. ...Read more

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I have colonoscopy procedure friday, right now I have external hemorrhoids can I use preperation h right now, until friday?

Yes: The chemicals in the bowel prep and the diarrhea you get will make your hemmorrhoids inflammed and painful. It is ok to use topical medications to ease this discomfort right up to the day of the procedure. ...Read more

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Had a colonoscopy last week. Said I've got a kink n also diverculosis. What's to b expecting?

Colonoscopy: Diverticulosis is common and if no diverticulitis is present, there is nothing to do at this point.
A kink would refer to a loop of intestine not being straight. That's part of the normal anatomy. ...Read more

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What is a colonoscopy?

What is a colonoscopy?

Look inside colon: You are sedated (very sleepy, but still breathing on your own). The endoscopist places an instrument through your anus and then passes it into the colon to carefully exam the colon for polyps, cancer, etc. If any abnormalities are found a biopsy may be done. Typically, it is painless - the only bother is cleaning out your bowels beforehand and even that's not so bad. ...Read more

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Do colonoscopies hurt?

No: Colonoscopy is usually performed with some form of sedation and if done correctly you should not feel anything or remember anything. ...Read more

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What are colonoscopies?

Colonoscopies: A colonoscopy is a procedure where one's colon is carefully inspected with a colonoscopy, a lighted, flexible telescope. Polyps can be removed, tumors can be diagnosed, and diseases of the bowel can be diagnosed. Doctors recommend that all people should get a colonoscopy by the age of 50. ...Read more

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Is a colonoscopy painful?

It shouldn't: Colonoscopies for the most part are not painful especially if sedation is used ...Read more

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Need unsedated colonoscopy?

Most patients: Find mild sedation helpful during a colonoscsopy however many can tolerate the procedure without sedation. Talk with your endoscopist to see if you are a candidate. ...Read more

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What is a colonoscopy like?

A simple test: After appropriate colon preparation at home, arrive at the endoscopy center, change into a gown & IV is inserted. Once in the procedure room, final consent is obtained, IV sedation is given (there are options here--some patients choose no sedation, others want to be "out cold"), & a thin flexible tube with video camera is inserted per rectum & advanced, taking pictures, biopsies, & therapeutics. ...Read more

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Are colonoscopies necessary?

YES!: A colonoscopy is a safe, thorough examination of your entire colon under sedation to screen for polyps, or to diagnose bleeding issues or other colon abnormalities such as diverticulosis or hemorrhoids. Small growths like polyps rarely cause symptoms until they grow larger, and can lead to colorectal cancer. You should be screened at least at age 50 or sooner if you have any rectal bleeding. ...Read more

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How to prep for a colonoscopy?

Lots of options: There are a lot of different regimens for doing a colonoscopy prep. It depends on your gastroenterologist what they prefer. Ultimate what they want is a clean prep, so you should not have any stool in your colon when they look. You will have a sense of whether your prep is complete when you look in the toilet bowl and you shouldn't see any solid material left. ...Read more

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What results from colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy: This is a good screening tool used for the appropriate age group in screening for colon cancer. ...Read more

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Do I really need a colonoscopy?

Do I really need a colonoscopy?

Age: When either 45 or 50 yrs old or of bleeding or other symptoms also pending family history. ...Read more

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How deep does a colonoscopy go?

Right colon: A proper colonoscopy should reach the right side of the colon to the junction of the colon and the small intestine. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy: what can I expect?

Not bad: The most annoying part is the bowel cleanout the day before. You have to drink a fluid that makes you have enough bowel movements until your stool becomes clear. The colonoscopy procedure itself is usually easy. When you go home you will have some abdominal discomfort and bloating. Sometimes you can have a little rectal bleeding as well. ...Read more

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How is a colonoscopy performed?

How is a colonoscopy performed?

Camera on a snake: A video camera on the end of a flexible stalk, not unlike a snake, is inserted through the rectum while you are asleep. You don't feel a thing, you won't remember it, and the only bed part is the prep. ...Read more

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What may appear in a colonoscopy?

Pretty much anything: Colonoscopies are mostly done for screening, looking for polyps which may be pre-cancerous, thus removing them in essence prevents a cancer. Colonoscopies are also done to evaluate for other problems, like diverticulosis, hemorrhoid bleeding, changes in bowels which may be from comparatively benign conditions, but infectious diseases, inflammatory diseases and other colon problems may be found too. ...Read more