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Restrictions After Colonoscopy
Depends on findings: In general, after a normal colonoscopy, patients can resume their regular diet without restriction. The medication that are commonly given can have lingering effects of nausea in some, so I do suggest avoiding rich or fatty foods for the first meal. Most importantly, when large polyps are removed or other special procedures are performed, we may ask you to remain on a clear diet for 12-24 hours.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
Unlikely: Dying during a colonoscopy or because of one is a very rare event. The risk of a perforation or hole during a colonoscopy is about 1/1500. The risks of dying would increase if one had a perforation that was not noticed. Also there is a risk of having complications from the sedation. One could stop breathing from over sedation which could lead to death, again, a rare event.
Low risk: Bleeding and perforation are indeed risks however combine risk in the hands of an experienced endoscopist is probably less than 1%, so it is safe and by far the most efficient test for polyps/cancer of the colon as it is both diagnostic and therapeutic, which none of the alternative exams are. It is usually done with sedation so you should not feel or remember anything about the procedure.
No: None of the screening tests for serum tumor markers or fecal occult blood are that accurate. At least with colonoscopy every few years there is direct visualization of the bowel to define the absence or presence of a tumor or polypoid lesion. A new diagnostic fecal tumor protein test is being developed that will define the amt. Of tumor protein or not present and if neg. The bowel is neg.
Information: Colonoscopy provides information about the state of health of your colon. The only uncomfortable part is the cleansing done the day before which will require regular trips to the bathroom. L on the day of the procedure you will be sedated and when you wake up there will be no symptoms; your GI doctor will give you the results.
Quite variable: Unless you opt not to have conscious sedation, you'll probably remember and feel little during the actual colonoscopy. Afterwards, you'll like have some element of mild abdominal discomfort and bloating related to residual gas in the colon. It may take several days for your bowel habit to return to normal after the aggressive clean out necessary prior to the colonoscopy.See 1 more doctor answer
Diagnosis/treatment: At colonoscopy most visible abnormalities are either definitively diagnosed via sampling (biopsy) or removed completely also for diagnosis that includes the treatment. Some findings, eg cancer, need definitive treatment via other modes (for example but not limited to surgery).See 2 more doctor answers
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