Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy

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    When should I call my doctor after a colonoscopy?
    You should call your doctor after a colonoscopy if you continue to have a lot of pain and discomfort. In this video, Trupti Shinde, MD, of Citrus Memorial Hospital, explains other possible complications for which you should call your doctor.
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    You can drink any clear liquids on the day prior to the colonoscopy, although we do recommend avoiding any liquids that are red, orange, or purple. In regards to the days prior to the colonoscopy, there are no specific foods that you need to avoid. I also recommend that you remain well hydrated during the days prior to the colonoscopy.
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    The way to lower your risk is to make sure that the colon is adequately cleansed of fecal material. Small perforations usually seal themselves off and are followed with close observation in the hospital. Larger perforations may require surgery and removal of the injured bowel.
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    Before undergoing a colonoscopy procedure, you should discuss the risks and benefits of undergoing this procedure as well as what the findings may mean for your future. You should have knowledge of your family history regarding colon cancer. Your bowel will need to be prepped before undergoing the procedure, and this will be discussed with the physician performing the procedure.
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    What  Risks or Side Effects Are Involved With Colonoscopy?

    The vast majority of colonoscopies have no complications. In this video, Sharmila Anandasabapathy, MD, a gastroenterologist, explains what side effects can occur after a colonoscopy.

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    We primarily use conscious sedation, or "twilight," for colonoscopy. Most people tolerate this extremely well and have little to no discomfort during and after the procedure, which usually takes 20 to 30 minutes.
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    After your colonoscopy, you will be monitored until most of the effects of the sedatives have worn off. You might have some cramping or bloating because of the air introduced into the colon during the examination. This should disappear quickly when you pass gas. Your physician will explain the results of the examination to you, although you'll probably have to wait for the results of any biopsies performed.

    If you have been given sedatives during the procedure, someone must drive you home and stay with you. Even if you feel alert after the procedure, your judgment and reflexes could be impaired for the rest of the day. You should be able to eat after the examination, but your doctor might restrict your diet and activities, especially after polypectomy (polyp removal). Your doctor will advise you on this.
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    A follow-up colonoscopy is done after a tumor is removed from the colon. The repeat colonoscopy is usually 6 to 12 months after the surgery was completed.
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    What Is a Colonoscopy Like?

    The psychological barriers for getting a colonoscopy are often bigger than the physical ones, says Daniel Labow, MD, an oncology surgeon at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. In this video, Dr. Lebow explains what it feels like to undergo a colonoscopy.

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    Where Else in the Body Are Polyps Found Other Than the Colon?
    Polyps are not just found in the colon, says Roger Hsiung, MD, a colorectal surgeon at Southern Hills Hospital. In this video, he describes where else polyps can be found in the alimentary canal.