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Should I be worried if I don't have a bowel movement for a few days after a colonoscopy?

Should I be worried if I don't have a bowel movement for a few days after a colonoscopy?

No: The "transit time" for a normal person's colon (time it takes stool to get from the beginning to the end of the colon) varies from one to several days. Therefore, after you've done a bowel preparation prior to your colonoscopy, and the colon is empty, it may take a few days for stool to make it around to the rectum. ...Read more

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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After a colonoscopy i can't seem to have a bowel movement. What should I do?

After a colonoscopy i can't seem to have a bowel movement. What should I do?

When was it: Remember that you emptied you entire colon in preparatio for the colonoscopy. You should have a bowel movement 24-48 hours after procedure. Check with the physician who performed the study. ...Read more

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When is the first bowel movement after colonoscopy?

By now it should be: Let nature take its own time which is anytime about 3 to 5 days. By now it must be all fine. ...Read more

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How long after a colonoscopy will you have a bowel movement?

How long after a colonoscopy will you have a bowel movement?

Not worth worrying a: Since the bowels are completely emptied before colonoscopy, it can take several days to refill the gut in order to have a bm. So i would not be too concerned, let nature take its course. It usually takes 4 to 7 days to have a bm, yet you should not be obsessed about it. ...Read more

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How many days after colonoscopy should I have bowel movement?

How many days after colonoscopy should I have bowel movement?

1-2 days: If you go home and start eating afterward, then you should start having some stool within a day or two. ...Read more

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How long after colonoscopy until you have a normal bowel movement?

How long after colonoscopy until you have a normal bowel movement?

A day or two: Since you are not eating the day before and your bowel has been cleaned for colonoscopy and your bowel is clean.After colonoscopy you start eating regular diet and it may take a day or two to have a regular bowel movement. ...Read more

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How long after a colonoscopy before you should have a bowel movement?

A day or two: Since you are not eating the day before and your bowel has been cleaned for colonoscopy and your bowel is clean.After colonoscopy you start eating regular diet and it may take a day or two to have a regular bowel movement. ...Read more

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How long after a colonoscopy should I expect to have a bowel movement?

Few days: Your colon was empty in preperation for the colonoscopy, therefore it would take a few days to have a bowel movement. ...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


Bowel (Definition)

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