After a Colonoscopy

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 11/17/2006 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
I just had my first colonoscopy done a couple of days ago. For over a year I've had IBS-D like symptoms, and it's been getting worse so I finally decided to put my fears aside and go ahead with the scope. Everything went good at the hospital (it turns out my fears were unwarranted). Although the prep was a pain in the a**. ;)
My question is about waiting for results. During the procedure i woke up and heard the doctor talking about taking a sample for biopsy. Then in recovery I asked a nurse about it and she said samples were taken and I need to make an appointment with the Doctor who did the scope in 3 weeks. I overheard other nurses telling other patients there that they can contact their family doctors about results.
I'm wondering why it takes so long, why some people can go through their family doctors and others come back to the doctor who did the scope. Is 3 weeks a normal time for results. Finally, what sorts of things could he find to take a biopsy of.
Please excuse my ignorance, I have no knowledge about this sort of stuff, and I suppose that's my worst enemy right now.
Any help would be appreciated,

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   Posted 11/18/2006 12:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Usually they always take biopsy's anytime a scope is done. they are looking for things like infection, etc. It does take some time to get the biopsy results back, usually about a week, but you may just have a busy doctor. I jsut had a scope and my doctor's words were, "I don't expect to find anything from the biopsies" but they always do them. They just take a small amount of tissue from the colon wall, and send it to pathology. Sometimes, they may find an indicator of somesort, that may point to your pain/symptoms.
Don't worry to much. just be sure to follow up.
I hope this is somewhat helpfull. Sorry I don't know more to tell you.
Hope all comes back well.

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   Posted 11/18/2006 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a colonoscopy/endoscopy two days ago. They took four biopsies and said it will take around two weeks for results. In my biopsies they are looking for crohns disease and I'm not sure what else... but they could be looking for lots of different things.

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   Posted 11/18/2006 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, that's what I was hoping to hear.

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   Posted 11/18/2006 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
they allow 10 working days for our results. Personally I would rather get the results from the gastro that did the test in case I had any questions. they schedule a followup appt when they schedule the colonoscopy at my Dr. office.
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