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What can be expected during my colonoscopy?

What can be expected during my colonoscopy?

Don't be: A colonoscopy is usually done with mild sedation so you won't feel anything or remember anything. It takes about 20-30 minutes. Yo will need transportation home and the rest of the day off work. Following day back to the normal grind. Day before the procedure is prep day to get your colon clean so that a thorough exam can be performed. ...Read more

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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 can be expected during my flexible sigmoidoscopy?

What can be expected during my flexible sigmoidoscopy?

Not much: You will be under the influence of either an amnestic (blocks memory) and/or light sedative. You won't remember a thing and likely get a terrific nap in the process. Now, preparing for the experience by evacuating your bowels the day before can be challenging. ...Read more

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What can I expect during a colonoscopy?

What can I expect during a colonoscopy?

Not much: You should be sedated during colonoscopy, so you shouldn't expect much at all. The worst part of colonoscopy is the bowel preparation. Otherwise, the procedure itself should be unnoticeable. ...Read more

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I am having stomach pain during my monthly period what could be the reason behind this and how can it be prevented?

I am having stomach pain during my monthly period what could be the reason behind this and how can it be prevented?

See your doctor: You have symptoms which could be serious and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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I seem to get irregular heartbeats before and during my period. What can be done about this?

I seem to get irregular heartbeats before and during my period. What can be done about this?

Palpitations: If you are otherwise normal, nothing needs to be done. It just is how your heart reacts to your hormone surges. If it causes you unacceptable symptoms during the time you have the irregularities, talk to your doc for treatment, there are effective medications but usually you wouldn't need them. ...Read more

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I was a high-risk pregnancy my first time around due to a flexible cervix. Does this mean my 2nd pregnancy will also be hi-risk?

I was a high-risk pregnancy my first time around due to a flexible cervix. Does this mean my 2nd pregnancy will also be hi-risk?

Likely: Chances are your cervix hasn't changed. Meet with your obstetrician and discuss what to expect. All the best. ...Read more

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I am concerned I was exposed to lead during my pregnancy. Will my baby be affected? What are the possible side effects?

I am concerned I was exposed to lead during my pregnancy. Will my baby be affected? What are the possible side effects?

Depends on exposure: Lead has the capacity to harm us when it accumulates body. It can slow brain development & at toxic levels can cause seizures. Simple blood tests can tell the level of your exposure and if your infant was exposed as well. Treatment is available if needed. Since lead was removed from most products decades ago, we seldom see problem levels in kids. Its likely your exposure will not be a problem. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be pregnant even having sex two weeks prior to my period because maybe my body hasn't adjust to what is changing in the inside so I can be pregnant?

Is it possible to be pregnant even having sex two weeks prior to my period because maybe my body hasn't adjust to what is changing in the inside so I can be pregnant?

Pregnancy: Two weeks prior to your period is likely your fertile time when you are ovulating. So yes you could get pregnant during that time. However, since you had a period you likely are not pregnant. Testing is the only way to know if you are pregnant. ...Read more

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Can vomiting a sign that i may be having my period for the first time?

Can vomiting a sign that i may be having my period for the first time?

Not necessarily.: Menarche usually occurs between ages 11 & 13 in the us. However for some their period could start as early as age 9 & for others not until 16. Before you have a period, you will have noticed breast development, pubic hair & white to yellowish vaginal discharge. Before the first period a girl may feel bloated, develop cramps in legs or abdomen & feel moody (depressed or anxious). ...Read more

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I'm in early menopause and I have spotting all the time. I had a normal biosopy. How can this be relieved?

I'm in early menopause and I have spotting all the time.   I had a normal biosopy. How can this be relieved?

Look for other cause: If you haven't had a sonogram, that could tell you of you have another reason for bleeding that the biopsy didn't catch, such as a polyp. You should see your dr to find out why before deciding how to treat. ...Read more

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What can be reasons for my period to delay 8 days so far...could it be the changes in temperature??

What can be reasons for my period to delay 8 days so far...could it be the changes in temperature??

Not temperature: The temperature won't effect your cycles. If there is a possibility you could be pregnant, you should check a test. If not, there must have been a delay in ovulation. Many things can effect your cycle, including stress. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have uterine spasms after intercouse and not being pregnant and what could be the cause?

Is it normal to have uterine spasms after intercouse and not being pregnant and what could be the cause?

Yes: it can be normal. Stimulation of your cervix and release of semen in you vagina can cause uterine smasm. Also, orgasm can cause your uterus to spasm as well ...Read more

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Is it normal to have severe cramping and vomit a couple times during a menstruation? What can be done to help?Not pregnant :)

Is it normal to have severe cramping and vomit a couple times during a menstruation? What can be done to help?Not pregnant :)

Can happen but...: It is not something that you should have to live with. Consult a gyn about your painful periods and see if they can help you reduce these problems each month. ...Read more

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Can doxycycline cause your period to be late? There is not any possible way for me to be pregnant, I've had 3 months of very heavy periods since the last time I have had sex. Just wondering if the antibiotics could have cause me to be late or some how del

Can doxycycline cause your period to be late? There is not any possible way for me to be pregnant, I've had 3 months of very heavy periods since the last time I have had sex. Just wondering if the antibiotics could have cause me to be late or some how del

Doxycycline : Doxycycline has not been shown to delay a woman's period. You may be late due to the stress your body was under while fighting the infection you had, the symptoms you describe are characteristically premenstrual, I am sure your period will be coming soon. ...Read more

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I have a very very painful cervix, especially during intercourse, what can be done to stop it. Have scans. everything is "normal" ?

I have a very very painful cervix, especially during intercourse, what can be done to stop it. Have scans. everything is "normal" ?

Need a gynecologist: Have you always had this problem? is it new? occurs every single time you have intercourse? are there times you have no pain? To me it sounds like you need to be seen by a specialist OB/GYN if you have not already. Vaginal sex generally speaking should not be painful. There are conditions such as endometriosis,STD's anatomical defects that are not diagnosed with CT scans. ...Read more

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I have eccessive pain during intercouse and had my fallopean tubes removed due to ectopic pregnancy and was wondeeing what could be the cause?

Not the ectopic: Painful intercourse has several possible causes. The ectopic surgery is usually not one of them, though adhesions (scar tissue inside your belly from the surgery) can cause painful sex at times. Most often, pain with sex is lack of lubrication (use something like KY jelly) or lack of interest (are you making love or having sex?). An exam &specific details about when & where the pain is would help. ...Read more

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What can I expect to happen during before and after an endoscopy?

What can I expect to happen during before and after an endoscopy?

Upper endoscopy: Before the endoscopy, you will have nothing to eat or drink before midnight. The nurse will place an IV, sedation will be administered, and a flexible scope will be passed through your mouth and down into the second portion of your intestines normally. After the endoscopy, they will explain the findings to you. You cannot drive until the next day. Pathology findings will be followed up later. ...Read more

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What can be expected during my colonoscopy?

Don't be: A colonoscopy is usually done with mild sedation so you won't feel anything or remember anything. It takes about 20-30 minutes. Yo will need transportation home and the rest of the day off work. Following day back to the normal grind. Day before the procedure is prep day to get your colon clean so that a thorough exam can be performed. ...Read more

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Are you put under during a colonoscopy?

Are you put under during a colonoscopy?

Usually: Most physicians in the us sedate their patients before colonoscopy. This means you are awake and extremely relaxed, but many patients due tend to fall asleep with the medications. However, not every physician practices this way and it should be something you discuss with the physician performing the procedure. ...Read more

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What can I expect during a colonoscopy?

Not much: You should be sedated during colonoscopy, so you shouldn't expect much at all. The worst part of colonoscopy is the bowel preparation. Otherwise, the procedure itself should be unnoticeable. ...Read more

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4. Polypa were found during colonoscopy.What is next?

Biopsy will tell: When encountered, they should have been biopsied, and it will depend upon the report from pathology as to if benign or concerning as to what next. Need to follow up with GI for report. ...Read more

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Why did I wake up and say ouch during my first colonoscopy?

Light sedation: You are only given the smallest amount of sedation necessary. You were aware of the sensation, but this was not a problem. ...Read more

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What can possibly go wrong during a colonoscopy procedure ?

See below: Depending on the reason for colonoscopy perforation of the colon and bleeding can occur, though these are uncommon. See this site for detailed information on this subject. http://www.asge.org/assets/0/71542/71544/56321364-c4d8-4742-8158-55b6bef2a568.pdf ...Read more

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What are some ways to stave off hunger the day before a colonoscopy (during preparation)?

You can have clear: Liquids the day before unless advised otherwise. I tell my pts to drink a lot of fluids with the prep to keep flushing the colon. You can also have broth chick/beef and jello (avoid red). Solid food is not allowed. Its worth controlling your hunger for one day than to have to repeat the procedure if not adequately prepped. ...Read more

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Should i determine that I want also ileum be inspected during direct to consumer colonoscopy?

Should i determine that I want also ileum be inspected during direct to consumer colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy.: An examination the terminal ileum should be a routine part of the colonoscopy. If you have a specific concern, discuss such with your Gastroenterologist to make sure that this is a part of his/her planned procedure for you. ...Read more

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How long does it take to gain back weight lost during colonoscopy procedure as eating is very limited for few days.

How long does it take to gain back weight lost during colonoscopy procedure as eating is very limited for few days.

Mostly water: The weight lost during preparation for colonoscopy is mostly water and could be gained back in one day. However if the weight loss is due to some pathology for which colonoscopy was done, then it would depend on the pathology. ...Read more

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Is there a death rate for a colonoscopy (during and after)?If yes, how high and what is death most commonly caused by?

Scope complications: The worst complications associated with upper or lower endoscopy happen with perforation through the bowel. This is very unlikely. The perforations will usually cause a bad infection to start. The infection can become bad enough to be fatal, but, this too is unlikely. ...Read more

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I am having a colonoscopy tomorrow and I am in the process of taking the moviprep. What am I to expect tonight AND during the procedure? Thank you x

Colonoscopy : You will have multiple loose bowel movements that will eventually turn to clear. You may have soreness in the rectal area from the multiple bowel movements. When you go for the procedure itself , you should not feel anything. Afterwards the nurse will ask you to pass the gas that helped to inflate your colon and then they will send you home. You may still be drowsy from the anesthesia after. ...Read more

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I had 12 biopsies taken during colonoscopy. What could be outcome?

I had 12 biopsies taken during colonoscopy. What could be outcome?

Pathology report: You need to wait for the report from the pathologist who is examining the biopsies. Biopsies were taken to get a handle on the disease process, if any. ...Read more

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What happens during a virtual colonoscopy?

Virtual: You are in a cat scanner, with air and sometimes contrast pumped into you. Unpleasant and not as accurate as a regular colonoscopy. Also, if something is found, youmwill need a colonoscopy anyway. ...Read more

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Is it serious to have 5 polyps removed during a colonoscopy?

Depends: It depends on the type of polyps. Be sure to follow up and find out what the pathology report said. Tubular adenoma is a pre-cancerous polyp and would indicate a righer risk for developing colon cancer. Follow up as directed by the doctor. ...Read more

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Do people ever squirm or yell during a colonoscopy procedure?

Rarely: With adequate sedation patients generally have no discomfort. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to eat yogurt during a colonoscopy prep?

It is : Possible but not recommended. A clear liquid is anything you can see through and most yogurts I have seen are not clear! ...Read more

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During a colonoscopy are biopsies only taken if something abnormal is seen?

Colonoscopy: Any abnormality identified during colonoscopy should be sampled and submitted for pathologic evaluation. ...Read more

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A polyp 1 CM is average size or is consider big ? Can I have the option to be awake and conscious during a colonoscopy?

A polyp 1 CM is average size or is consider big ? Can I have the option to be awake and conscious during a colonoscopy?

Possible: 1 cm is not considered very small , current practice of endoscopic screening , will be picked up much smaller than 1 cm , yes could be done with out sedation , but you will be very uncomfortable , and no reason to suffer , follow the advice of your doctor, a relatively low risk procedure ...Read more