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Colonoscopy: what can I expect?

Colonoscopy: what can I expect?

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. ...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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After a colonoscopy, what can I expect?

After a colonoscopy, what can I expect?

Tired: Most people who have a colonoscopy who had sedation, will state that they were tired, possibly hungry, or even their normal selves. ...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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What should I expect from a colonoscopy?

What should I expect from a colonoscopy?

COLONOSCOPY: You can expect to have some form of bowel prep the day before. The day of, you will be given an IV and medications to sedate you. The colonoscopy should take roughly 15-25 minutes to complete depending on findings. You will then wake up and recover (30 minutes or so), and then be discharged home. A relatively safe procedure with few and rare complications. ...Read more

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What to expect from a colonoscopy (spelling)?

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. ...Read more

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Prepping for colonoscopy -- what can I expect?

Lots of diarrhea: There will be some cramping and lots of diarrhea. I like to see the bowel prep looking like "mountain dew" and not "yoo hoo". ...Read more

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What results can I expect when going for a colonoscopy?

Depends: Normal, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, polyps, cancer, . ... Most colonoscopies will be normal. The rest in order of decreasing frequency. ...Read more

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I am due for my first colonoscopy. What should I expect?

Colonoscopy: The worst part is the prep. In the lab expect them to give you short term anesthesia and you will wake up and not remember anything. Ask them what they found. ...Read more

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What should I expect from a colonoscopy? I'm very nervous.

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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I am about to get a colonoscopy in 2.5 hours what can I expect?

I am about to get a colonoscopy in 2.5 hours what can I expect?

Relax: You should be sedated, so enjoy a great nap. Ypu may feel gassy after the procedure. Enjoy your post procedure meal! ...Read more

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Just for Information, I am to have my first colonoscopy. In General Terms what should I expect?

Prep is an issue.: The night prior to the study you will take a "prep" orally, which is designed to cause significant diarrhea. Most patient's find this a little unpleasant, bad taste, large volume to drink, on the toilet all night, cramps. On the day of the procedure an IV for sedation, the procedure can be painful, depends on how easy the scope advances through the colon. Someone should drive you home. ...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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When can I expect my bowels be back to normal after colonoscopy?

Quickly: If you resume a high fiber diet, the stool should return to normal in 2 days. ...Read more

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What can I expect after a colonoscopy? I have my pre procedure instructions.

Nothing particular: It is a simple procedure. After the procedure you week up feeling like you have taken a nap. Then it is business as usual. The bowels may not move for a few days because they have been emptied completely and can take up 3-5 days to refuel. ...Read more

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What should I expect when I go in for a colonoscopy? How painful/uncomfortable is it?

What should I expect when I go in for a colonoscopy? How painful/uncomfortable is it?

Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy may be done in a doctor's office, clinic, or a hospital. The test is most often done by a doctor who works with problems of the digestive system (gastroenterologist). Some family doctors, internists, and surgeons are also trained to do colonoscopy. During the test, you may get a pain medicine and a sedative put in a vein in your arm (iv). You many not remember anything about the test. ...Read more

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Just got the results of my colonoscopy, had multiple pre-cancerous adnomeas removed. What kind of testing can I expect as a follow-up?

Repeat colonoscopy: If the polyps were typical tubular adenomas then the number and size indicate the appropriate interval to repeat colonoscopy. Three or less, smaller than 1cm generally 5 years, more than 3 or larger than a cm, 3 years. Incompletely removed, larger than 2cm or more worrisome under the microscope might be one year or less depending on the worry factor of the endoscopist. ...Read more

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What is a colonoscopy?

What is a colonoscopy?

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. ...Read more

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Do colonoscopies hurt?

No: Colonoscopy is usually performed with some form of sedation and if done correctly you should not feel anything or remember anything. ...Read more

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What are colonoscopies?

Colonoscopies: A colonoscopy is a procedure where one's colon is carefully inspected with a colonoscopy, a lighted, flexible telescope. Polyps can be removed, tumors can be diagnosed, and diseases of the bowel can be diagnosed. Doctors recommend that all people should get a colonoscopy by the age of 50. ...Read more