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What do I need to do to prepare before my colonoscopy?

What do I need to do to prepare before my colonoscopy?

Chose right doctor!: There is a tremendous variation in quality among colonoscopists. It is now known that the doctors with adr above 20 give you ten times the protection from subsequent colorectal cancer. If the doctor will not divulge their adr as the american collefge of gastroenterology web-site suggests, get a second opinion. Why go through all that for little benefit. ...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 do I need to do to prepare for my colonoscopy?

What do I need to do to prepare for my colonoscopy?

Plenty of liquids: Colonoscopy is a unique event and remember that the preparation is very important. Follow the directions on your particular bowel preparation and remember to drink plenty of clear liquids. ...Read more

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What do I need to do to prepare before a bmt?

What do I need to do to prepare before a bmt?

Give us more info: Tell us the medical history. Are you the one needing a BMT or are you going to be a Donor....the preparation is different for the these two situations. We need your details of your medical history ...Read more

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What to do if i forgot to fast before bloodwork?

What to do if i forgot to fast before bloodwork?

Tell the lab: Let the lab or office now so they can account for that when interpreting results or re-schedule that particular test for when you are fasting. Not all blood tests require you to be fasting but some will give false results if you are not fasting at least 6 hours. ...Read more

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What is the stuff you have to take before colonoscopy?

What is the stuff you have to take before colonoscopy?

Laxatives: There are a variety of materials used to clean out the colon before colonoscopy because if there is stool in the colon it will be difficult if not impossible to have a successful examination. Different doctors have different ways of doing this. ...Read more

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What to do before stool in hemorrhoids?

What to do before stool in hemorrhoids?

Regular : In order to help your hemorrhoids the biggest thing is to keep your stools loose by taking a daily fiber supplement and drinking lots of water. ...Read more

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Do I need to starve before endoscopy?

Do I need to starve before endoscopy?

Not really: Upper GI scope, nothing overnight. Colonoscopy- rectal rocketing requires cleansing enemas or golytely, (polyethylene glycol) as well as clear liquids the day prior. ...Read more

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What to do if i need to cleanse my colon, what to buy?

What to do if i need to cleanse my colon, what to buy?

Don't need to: There is a whole market of products available to cleanse colons. I would focus on using fiber, and taking probiotics. I think too many colon cleanses are likely more harm than good, and there is no really good evidemnce to support this practice. I have had some patinets do this, and they state they feel better, but from a literature standpoint, can't really recommend it. ...Read more

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What to do if I have to take an acth hormone test tomorrow, and I need to know what to do to prepare. do What to do if I have to fast?

What to do if I have to take an acth hormone test tomorrow, and I need to know what to do to prepare. do What to do if I have to fast?

ACTH-stim test?: Hi. Are you having an ACTH stimulation test, where they inject ACTH (1-24) aka Cosyntropin and measure cortisol in response? Assuming so, no, you do NOT have to be fasting for it. You have to do nothing special to prepare for it. If they're just testing your own ACTH (& cortisol) level, that should be drawn at 8 AM. I'm not sure exactly what's being tested in you. ...Read more

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What do I do to prep for a prostate biopsy?

What do I do to prep for a prostate biopsy?

Follow Doc's...: Modern prostate biopsy is done under trans-rectal ultrasound guidance after cleansing the bowel and giving antibiotics. But the regimen for bowel prep and antibiotic use has changed and evolved drastically over the past 15 yrs due to emerging bacterial resistance, and still highly vary among doc although general consensus has arrived. So, ask and follow your doc's. ...Read more

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Never been to the dentist before and i want to know what to expect?

Never been to the dentist before and i want to know what to expect?

A good experience: Hopefully a good experience. Considering that you have never been to the dentist, don't be surprised if the dentist finds some cavities or gum problems in your mouth. Both can be easily treated good luck. ...Read more

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What do I need to know before getting braces?

Functional position: Orthodontics needs to be done so your teeth, joints, muscles, head and neck relationships are in harmony. You have to find the best functional relationship first and then you can treat to that position. Braces are great at moving teeth, but it is also essential that the proper jaw posture be established and maintained during your treatment. ...Read more

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What vaccines do I need to get before I travel to Benin?

What vaccines do I need to get before I travel to Benin?

Up to date info: The Center for Disease Control operates a website that is updated for the changing vaccine requirements of world travel. If you go to www.cdc.gov/travel you can find the updated requirements for any location. ...Read more

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What not to do after laparoscopy?

What not to do after laparoscopy?

Ask the surgeon : First check with your surgeon for limitations depending on the procedure. Most of thetime no immediate high level activity , no over eating, once system adjusts in couple of days , can resume progressively , to pre operative level. ...Read more

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What to do if I am about to start chantix thi weekend , can you take it before going to bed?

What to do if I am about to start chantix thi weekend , can you take it before going to bed?

Not recommended: it is started at a once a day dose, and I recommend it early in the morning. One of the most common side effects are very vivid and sometimes scary dreams/nightmares and these happen more if its taken late in the day. When you start taking it twice daily, which is the maintenance dose, I recommend 6am and 6 pm, not right before bed. Good luck with quitting!! ...Read more

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About to take Modafinil for exam prep. Anything I need to know before I do?

About to take Modafinil for exam prep. Anything I need to know before I do?

Provigil: It is a stimulant associated more with anxiety & jitteriness instead of depression. It is however possible to experience some depression when Provigil is coming out of your system by the end of the day, although mild. I recommend taking it early in morning, as prescribed. ...Read more

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What do I need to do to prepare for my mri?

What do I need to do to prepare for my mri?

I would add that: If you are going for an MRI wear as little metal as possible since they will often have to be removed. So remove all necklaces, bracelets, zippers, bras (with clips). If you come dressed in sweat pants or a t shirt without any metal you can go in by simply emptying your pockets. Sometimes you have to fast for yuor MRI - if it involves your gall bladder. Ask your doctor. ...Read more

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