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Doctor insights on: When Can You Return To Work After A Colonoscopy

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Should you return to work after a colonoscopy?

Should you return to work after a colonoscopy?

Yes: If you feel fine and had no complication, there is no reason not to go back to work. If you don't want to go back the same day, ok to go back to work the next day. ...Read more

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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How soon after a colonoscopy can I return to work?

Next day: You should feel fine after the sedation from medication is gone out of system which occurs in 8-12 hours. ...Read more

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If you're having a colonoscopy on Thursday morning can u return to work delivering the mail(driving) the next morning?

If you're having a colonoscopy on Thursday morning can u return to work delivering the mail(driving) the next morning?

Most people could: The most concerning factor is that you are fully recovered from the anesthesia (typically IV sedation) you are given during the procedure. But most people would be fine to drive the next day. The affects within the bowel--a little discomfort from manipulating the scope and introducing some air--are usually long gone and not an issue within a few hours. Watch for pain, etc, per post-op suggestions. ...Read more

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I have a colonoscopy scheduled for 0830. My boss wants me to go back to work at 1300? Is this feasible? Safe?

I have a colonoscopy scheduled for 0830. My boss wants me to go back to work at 1300? Is this feasible? Safe?

No Not Safe: You are given sedation before colonoscopy&you are discharged with instructions not to drive as you will still have effect of the seadatives used.If some one can drive you to work&your work involves sit down job only.And some one will drive you home.In that case you may be able to show up at your job.You may still be sleepy& groggy and may not be able to do much.Show your boss discharge instruction ...Read more

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A 50 year-old woman has unexplained weight loss and abdominal pain with no apparent cause.....?

A 50 year-old woman has unexplained weight loss and abdominal pain with no apparent cause.....?

Weight loss: I understand your concern. Follow through with physicians and specialists for possible Diagnosis of Hyperthyroidism, Diabetes, Peptic ulcer, Chronic Pancreatitis, Crohn’s disease, Malabsorption, Hepatitis or Cancer. See Psychiatrist for depression with painful feelings due to stresses of relationship, marriage, separation, parenting, lack of support from family and unresolved conflicts. ...Read more

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How exactly does a virtual colonoscopy work?

It is ct of thecolor: Bowel is prepared similar to colonoscopy.A ct is done on the colon. However polyps or cancers less than 1cms can be easily missed. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy prep clear return? Brown return?

Colonoscopy prep clear return? Brown return?

Yes: Initially, you will have brown stool-colored results after colonoscopy prep. Eventually the goal is clear return or clear-ish with occasional flecks of brown liquid stool. ...Read more

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If colonoscopy results come back as normal but prep was fair, would it be logical to return for another colonoscopy? How soon afterwards?

Depends on: your age and any additional risk factors, such as family history of colon cancer and personal history of colitis. Ask your gi specialist for specific advice. If there are no other risk factors, your doctor would probably recommend repeat in 5 to 10 years. ...Read more

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If cancer is found on polphs after your colonoscopy will it return when my next colonoscopy is done?

colonoscopy: Your doctor will remove the cancerous polyps and suggest frequent monitoring to look for any recurrence. ...Read more

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Chronic constepation. Scheduled for colonoscopy. I don't the the prep is going to work for me. What else could I use along with my prep?

Prep works: The provider will give you preparation based on the history and examination. Additionally, you can switch to liquid diet and increase your fluid intake and fiber intake few days before procedure. ...Read more

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Can getting a colonoscopy with a doctor lock you in to using the hospital he works for?

Depends: Some doctors actually are employed by a hospital and only work out of that hospital. Others do procedures at a hospital but also at other places. Check out the individual doctor. ...Read more

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Had colonoscopy and gastroscopy with versed and fentanyl? However, sedation did not work and felt everything. How could this happen?

Conscious sedation : The colonoscopy and gastroscopy are benign, non invasive and fast procedure that requires conscious intravenous sedation. Versed and fentanyl is the combo that anesthesiologist use for this task. If more profound sedation is need it deep sedation agents are used. ...Read more

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It's been over two months since I had a colonoscopy. Since then my bowls have not returned to normal. Severe cramps and I go until I have diarrhea.

Post-colonoscopy: You really need to go back and see the physician who performed the procedure and have them evaluate you. Do this soon. First make a detailed list of your symptoms and the times they occur and take it with you. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've been entirely emptied out in order for the colonoscopy to work. so how will he see my colon if I can't even be emptied out by the colonoscopy laxative?

I've been entirely emptied out in order for the colonoscopy to work. so how will he see my colon if I can't even be emptied out by the colonoscopy laxative?

You may need more: you may need more laxatives to liquify your stool. if you don't have bowel movements with the laxative, it is unlikely your gastroenterologist will be able to do a good exam ...Read more