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Doctor insights on: Recovery Time After Colonoscopy

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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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What is the average wait time to get a colonoscopy?

Depends: On your doctor. Gastroenterologists are usually booked for several weeks to months. Colorectal surgeons can often get you in sooner. Call around after getting names from your primary care doctor or friends who have had one. ...Read more

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How much time did it take for your colonoscopy results?

How much time did it take for your colonoscopy results?

Immediate: The nice thing about colonoscopy the doctor will know by the time he finished the test if he found polyp and it was removed or biopsied the it take at least 48 hours to get the pathology result back rarely longer if the result has to go for a second opinion. ...Read more

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Why 10 years between colonoscopies? Can't something develope within that time, even if a good colonoscopy was done 10 years ago?

Statistics: It can take a long time for a precancerous polyp to grow and become a colon cancer. I think ten years was recommended because there are certain areas like indianna where we don't have the manpower to do colonoscopies on everyone every 5 years. If you have a family history or have had precancerous polyps, i would recommend sooner than ten years. These guidelines are based on probability. ...Read more

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If you had polyps last time you had a colonoscopy does than mean it's expected to continue the same.

There are higher odd: Some people are more prone to form polyps. So if you have had the polyps removed before, you are considered higher risk for more polyps and advised to undergo colonoscopy in 5 years, as opposed to 10 years for someone who did not have any polyps in their first colonoscopy. ...Read more

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I have a colonoscopy scheduled for a month from now - how can I deal with the pain in the mean time?

Depends: Speak with your physician. Depends on the cause of your pain. Is it because of a stricture? Constipation? Ibd? Ibs? There are many causes of pain. The only person that can advise you for the pain is your treating physician. ...Read more

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Considering no sed w/colonoscopy last time propo felt bad for three days don't like fentyl flying overseas three days later?

See below: I think you will be uncomfortable without any sedation. Talk to the anesthesiologist. A blend/mixture of several medications carefully injected will help you tolerate the procedure and not feel hungover after. ...Read more

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Can i nurse my 8 month old after colonoscopy? Seen a lot online about mixed time you have to wait..Medicines are short acting

Can i nurse my 8 month old after colonoscopy? Seen a lot online about mixed time you have to wait..Medicines are short acting

Yes: Most anesthesiologist recommend waiting 24 hrs and discarding the next milk from your breast. In reality you can breastfeed after 4 hrs the procedure finished. Drugs use for colonoscopy are Propofol that will be out of your body within 2hrs and versed and fentanyl combination that will be out of your body in 6 hrs but the amount showing at breast milk and digested by the baby will be negligible. ...Read more

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I have eated red jello the day before I am sheduled to go for a colonoscopy. Should I cancel my colonoscopy and reshedule for another time?

I have eated red jello the day before I am sheduled to go for a colonoscopy. Should I cancel my colonoscopy and reshedule for another time?

Don't Cancel: There is no need to cancel the colonoscopy. Just continue the prep and stay on clear liquids the rest of the day. Make sure you just let your gastroenterologist know that you ate red jello so they don't think it is blood if they actually see it. But in reality, that red jello should be long gone by the time you complete your prep. ...Read more