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Preparation For A Colonoscopy Procedure
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a capsule endoscopy replace an upper endoscopy &colonoscopy for a 3 year old? Is the same prep required for the capsule endoscopy?
Possibly: If you are at an academic center working with pediatric GI and radiology specialists, this can be a great alternative if you just need to look. If they think biopsies are going to be needed, then won't work. And, unfortunately, you do need pretty much the same cleanout so you can get good images form the camera and be able to see what is really going on. Child also has to be able to swallow camera ...Read more
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
Any laxative can!: The goal of the prep is to eliminate stool. Diet plays an important role- avoiding fruits and vegetables for a couple of days helps. Then the laxatives come in. Everyone is different in response to laxatives. Doctors find "preps" they like- if you follow their instructions, you should have a complete exam. ...Read more
Could I have colon hydrotherapy as a substitute for the "standard" prep for a colonoscopy? Normally use enemas.
If it clears you out: The main purpose of colon prep for colonsocopy is to clean out the stool so that the camera can see the linings of your colon. The 'standard prep" works well because it has been done a gazillion times. I am not sure how good the hydrotherapy will do, but as long as it clean you out (without causing problem for you), i don't see why not! if it does not, u may have to do the standard" good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Each doctor: Has their own preference based the effectiveness , most commonly used one is GoLytely (polyethylene glycol) , one of the most effective one speak to your doctor , remember good prep is needed for good examination and needless repeat that you have to take responsibility to prepare well before your examination. ...Read more
Ask the provider: Each provider may have their own prep. Here is a link that may answer more of your questions. http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=lowergi ...Read more
Is a nurse anesthetist, to assist GI during a screening colonoscopy, a good choice over an anesthesiologist?
Anesthesiologist: A nurse anesthetist (crna) is a cheaper, less trained alternative to an anesthesiologist. The md is likely the better option. There are always bad mds and there are some phenomenal crnas but your safest bet would typically be the more extensively trained md. That being said, most anesthetics are safe, and you will likely be fine, but colonoscopies have ended in deaths like any other procedure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If a sinus augmentation is advised in preparation for a dental implant, is it a simple enough procedure for an average periodontist?
Is it the norm to get scheduled for a colonoscopy for hemorrhoids without anyone even checking visually for hemorrhoids? This procedure is costly.
Not the norm ...: But it all depends on the specific scenario & what symptoms are reported. If there is bright red rectal bleeding, nothing else, in a 35 year old, physical exam for hemorrhoids would come first. But if there are additional symptoms, and the person is of the age/risk level to need a colonoscopy for screening, then that procedure would be recommended. It is prudent to question these kinds of tests ...Read more
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