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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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I'm having a colonoscopy and i want to be awake for the whole procedure. Is that possible? Also they are having me take 12 ducolax pills.is that safe

I'm having a colonoscopy and i want to be awake for the whole procedure. Is that possible?  Also they are having me take 12 ducolax pills.is that safe

Not recommended: A full colonoscopy can be very uncomfortable, even painful. I would certainly NOT recommend it in an awake state. Your body's response to conscious pain may also make the procedure more difficult to perform and limit the usefulness of the exam. ...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 ?

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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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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When can I eat after my colonoscopy procedure?

When can I eat after my colonoscopy procedure?

Avoid alcohol: You might want to avoid alcohol with that first meal. The alcohol can interact with the sedatives you are given and increase the effects of both. ...Read more

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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

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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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What is the next procedure after having a colonoscopy?

What is the next procedure after having a colonoscopy?

Too vague: Depends on what was its purpose. If it was for screening and nothing was found, usually that's it. If it's to evaluate a particular problem like bleeding, your doctor will decide what other tests to do. Of course, if the colonoscopy finds something, there may be treatment offered. Always know the purpose and the results of any test you get. If unsure, ask the doc. ...Read more

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Is there any preparation necessary before the colonoscopy?

Yes: There are many variations of "the prep", but in general you will need to restrict your diet to clear liquids the day before the procedure, and drink a prescribed preparation to wash out your colon the evening before and possibly the morning of the procedure. There may be other instructions for the avoidance of certain foods (seeds) for a few days in advance. ...Read more

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