Intravenous sedation will be administered to you before and during your procedure. The sedation is intended to keep you comfortable during your endoscopic exam. However, many patients will have no recollection of the procedure because of the "amnesia" effect of the sedatives. The effects of the medication may last as long as 24 hours.Will I be able to drive home after my test?
Due to the lingering effects of sedatives given to you during your procedure, you will not be permitted to drive after your procedure. You may safely resume driving the morning following your test.When will I be able to go back to work?
You should prepare to return to your normal work routine on the morning following your procedure. We advise that you not plan to perform any mentally or physically taxing activities for at least 12 hours after completing the exam.How long does the test take to perform?
Most endoscopic exams are completed in 20 to 30 minutes. However, we also need to prepare you for your procedure as well as recover you from the effects of the sedation following your procedure. Generally, you will spend approximately 2 hours in our ambulatory surgery center.Will I have any pain or discomfort after the test?
Colonoscopy is generally a painless procedure. Occasionally, patients will have retained air in the colon that can lead to temporary abdominal distension and cramps following the exam.
Upper Endoscopy (EGD) is generally painless also. You may experience a sore throat after the procedure. This is usually will resolve in a day or two. You may want to use a throat lozenge or gargle with warm salt water. You may also experience some gas, abdominal cramping and bloating.What happens if you find polyps during my colonoscopy?
Because many polyps have cancer potential, they are removed from the colon wall when found during colonoscopy. Catheter based techniques allow for removal of polyps through the scope.How often will I need to have this colonoscopy?
The frequency of colonoscopy is determined by an individual's risk for colon cancer. This is influenced by family history and the presence or absence of colon polyps on your initial or subsequent exams.When will I know the results of my test?
Your physician will be able to tell you the results of your procedure. It will be important for you to have someone with you to hear this information. If biopsies or specimens are taken to submit for pathology it will take 5-7 days to get the results. The physician or his nurse will call you with these results as soon as they are reviewed.What are NSAIDS?
NSAIDS stands for non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug. Aspirin and ibuprofen are examples of NSAIDS. They are most commonly used to treat acute and chronic conditions of which pain and inflammation are symptoms.What are Probiotics? How can they be helpful?
Probiotics are microorganisms such as bacteria or yeast which can help to keep the balance of good bacteria in our digestive systems, and ultimately help to improve health. There is also evidence from studies which suggests that probiotics may be helpful in strengthening the immune system.How should I prepare for my Colonoscopy?
You will be given instructions in advance that will outline what you should and should not do in preparation for colonoscopy; be sure to read and follow these instructions. One very critical step is to thoroughly clean out the colon, which, for many patients, can be the most trying part of the entire exam. It is essential that you complete this step carefully, because how well the bowel is emptied will help determine how well your doctor can examine it during colonoscopy.
Various methods can be used to help cleanse the bowel, and your doctor will recommend what he or she prefers in your specific case. Often, a liquid preparation designed to stimulate bowel movements is given by mouth. Additional approaches include special diets, such as clear fluids, or the use of enemas or suppositories. Whichever method or combination of methods is recommended for you, be sure to follow instructions as directed.
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