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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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Is it standard/ok to have an upper GI and colonoscopy at the same time?

Yes: It certainly acceptable to undergo both an upper endoscopy and a colonoscopy at the same date and venue (location). ...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?

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

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Colonoscopy scheduled next week. I already go 4 or 5 times a day and barely eat. Should I take the entire prep? I'm afraid of dehydration.

Yes: The prep is very important in success of the colonoscopy. you can stop drinking if rectal effluent is clear as urine. drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. ...Read more

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Can I get a colonoscopy if I have my period at the same time?

Yes: But you may want to discuss this with your doctor since it may be uncomfortable for you if you have premenstrual symptoms and/or cramps. ...Read more

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Pass gass 40 times a day I do have ibs had colonoscopy 1 year ago?

IBS: If you have IBS and this is not a new issue for you, that may just be you. With a normal colonoscopy, unlikely to be anything else. Some people try a probiotic like florastor to help establish a normal gut flora again which may help with your as issue. See is your diet has anything to do with it too. ...Read more

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Developed diverticulitis following colonoscopy. First time ever had it. Colon now messed up. Chance of diverticulitis happening again?

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 more

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I have UC currently in remission. Had routine colonoscopy 9 days ago. Still have not had bm. Can this be within the "normal" time range?

I have UC currently in remission. Had routine colonoscopy 9 days ago. Still have not had bm. Can this be within the "normal" time range?

Well considering: The fact that your colon was "empty" at the time of your study, it's a bit unusual but may reflect the amount of "stool residual" is in your diet. I would not worry but report this to your GI Doc!

Hope this is helpful
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On average how long does a colonoscopy and endoscopy done at the same time take? Will the sedation cause funny behavior after like anesthesia does?

On average how long does a colonoscopy and endoscopy done at the same time take? Will the sedation cause funny behavior after like anesthesia does?

Short sedation: EGD (upper endoscopy) can be as short as 5 minutes, with biposies most of them accopmlished in ~15 min. Colonoscopy takes longer, most fit in the timeframe of 20-40 minutes. The sedation used for the procedure is quite deep usually and approaches/equals Total Intravenous Anesthesia, TIVA. Due to nature of the drug (s) used the recovery may vary but usually is pretty fast and free of side effects. ...Read more

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For the past month, I have been belching over 100 times a day. Had an upper endoscopy and colonoscopy that noted no major issues. What is going on?

For the past month, I have been belching over 100 times a day. Had an upper endoscopy and colonoscopy that noted no major issues. What is going on?

Lifestyle and diet: Factors may contribute: swallowing air when eating/drinking or certain foods like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, beans, carbonated beverages/beer. But medical conditions cause this, too: hiatal/diaphragmatic hernia, reflux, ulcers/helicobacter pylori infection, food intolerance, pancreatic insufficiency. Small bowel bacterial overgrowth. Eating/drinking tips: slow down, less talking, no straws ...Read more

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Hello. Can I drink water with BCAA during the fasting time for a colonoscopy?

Hello. Can I drink water with BCAA during the fasting time for a colonoscopy?

Plain water: Just drink water. No supplements. The supplements are not doing you any good anyway, just lightening your wallet. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy done today and doc said he had a hard time getting to my small intestines and had to use forceps, why would've it been hard?

I had a colonoscopy done today and doc said he had a hard time getting to my small intestines and had to use forceps, why would've it been hard?

Anatomy: Sometimes if's super easy to get through the ileocecal valve and sometimes harder, especially in thin women. He probably used the forceps to pull himself in - absolutely nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do after my egd/colonoscopy so that I will not get a severe headache like last time I had the procd. It was bad hadache?

Yes: My patients frequently get headaches from the high salt concentration in the prep. You need to look at the prep and discuss with your doctor low salt prep alternatives.
It can also help to rehydrate with pedialyte post colonoscopy.

Some of my patients get headaches from fasting so long and I encourage my patients to eat as soon as their exam is done. ...Read more

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How long after having an endoscopy&colonoscopy (at the same time) & they also take a biopsy are you allowed to eat? Also will nausea be felt after?

How long after having an endoscopy&colonoscopy (at the same time) & they also take a biopsy are you allowed to eat? Also will nausea be felt after?

See below: Nausea from these procedures is not common. You will be able to eat a few hours after the procedure, may be even sooner. As soon as you recover from the sedation and have normal swallowing reflex, it will be safe to eat. ...Read more

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Normal colonoscopy 2yrs ago. Now getting bouts of diarrhea (not common for me) every week lately. Can I for ibd in that time? Is this the test to use?

Normal colonoscopy 2yrs ago. Now getting bouts of diarrhea (not common for me) every week lately. Can I for ibd in that time? Is this the test to use?

See a GI doctor: You need to be reevaluated. There are so very many causes for diarrhea that it is difficult to give you a definitive answer. Your stool specimens will need exams after a thorough history, physical exam and possibly some imaging studies. Go and get seen. Good luck. ...Read more

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This is probably nothing but my blood pressure keeps going down and down each time it's checked. I'm usually 112/80 but then it was 106/74, then 104/72, then the last time it was 80/54. I was laying down waiting for colonoscopy so I wasn't stressed.

This is probably nothing but my blood pressure keeps going down and down each time it's checked. I'm usually 112/80 but then it was 106/74, then 104/72, then the last time it was 80/54. I was laying down waiting for colonoscopy so I wasn't stressed.

You may also have: Been moderately dehydrated from the diarrhea associated with the bowel prep for your colposcopy. If you were not dizzy or lightheaded and did not pass out it will most likely return to normal when you return to normal oral intake and bowel activity. Like you assumed: "Probably nothing." ...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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Passing mucous and blood 4/5 times a day for last 12 weeks. Colonoscopy on friday says diverticular disease. Is this normal.?

Diverticulitis: Diverticuli are small protrusions from the bowel wall, are common and normal. If, however, they become inflamed, it is called diverticulitis and this is obviously not normal. ...Read more