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Cleaning my bowels for colonoscopy and it is green after being clear should I be scared?

Cleaning my bowels for colonoscopy and it is green after being clear should I be scared?

Not necessarily: If you ate green jello or green liquids during the clear liquid prep it would come out green. Also bile from your liver will give a green tinge to output. As long as there is no sediment or solid stool you should be good to go for your colonoscopy. ...Read more

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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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Have trouble wiping clean after bowel movements. Have to go back and repeat many many times. What could this b? Need colonoscopy?

Have trouble wiping clean after bowel movements. Have to go back and repeat many many times. What could this b? Need colonoscopy?

Try A Cool Wet One: Could mean you need more fiber in your diet.Fiber will firm it up, hopefully.Could also mean you don't wait to fully evacuate your exit portal and some gets held-up there at the end.If you have an inflammatory bowel problem(you ARE taking Sulfasalazine!)then you need to follow your diet,including fiber.And Sulfasalazine itself can cause some diarrhea.Use COOL WET toilet paper; it's more efficient. ...Read more

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My mother is 82 yo, with a BMI of 27.8, overweight. She has occasional irritable bowel symptoms . She's had colonoscopies with clean results about every 10 years. Her last one was 11 years ago and it was also negative. Her pcp wants her to have one

My mother is 82 yo, with a BMI of 27.8, overweight. She has occasional irritable bowel  symptoms .  She's had  colonoscopies  with clean results  about every 10 years. Her last one was 11 years ago  and it was also negative. Her pcp wants her to have one

Discuss with her doc: The us preventive services task force says that elderly people between 75-84 should not be routinely screened for colorectal cancer and those over 85 should not be screened at all. They are at higher risk for complications from the procedure and may not benefit from screening. If your mom is getting a recommendation that don’t fit the guidelines, ask the doctor his/her reasoning. ...Read more

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How long does it take to move bowels after a colonoscopy?

How long does it take to move bowels after a colonoscopy?

Varies: Depending on your normal bowel function and the foods you consume after your test, many people resume normal bowel movements the next day. ...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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How long before your bowels get back to normal after colonoscopy? It has been 2 months...

How long before your bowels get back to normal after colonoscopy? It has been 2 months...

After colonoscopy: Normally 3 to 4 days to get back to normal. If you are still not back to your normal bowel habits you need to call your doctor. Maybe there was an abnormality on your scope that you are just not aware of... ...Read more

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Are there any procedures besides a colonoscopy that can be done to discover problems with bowels?

Are there any procedures besides a colonoscopy that can be done to discover problems with bowels?

Depends: Depending on your symptoms there are a few other options. In the end, however - if they find something you will likely still need a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy today and everything was fine exept for my twisted bowels. What do I do now?

I had a colonoscopy today and everything was fine exept for my twisted bowels. What do I do now?

Redundant colon: Usually when an endoscopist says that someone's colon has a lot of "twists and turns", it means that the colonoscope had to maneuver around some sharp turns in order to get where he/she needed to go. It doesn't imply that your colon was abnormal - just that it was slightly difficult to perform your colonoscopy. ...Read more

Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more