Recovery from Colonoscopy and Gastroscopy

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   Posted 11/4/2007 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   

I am due to have both a Colonoscopy and Gastroscopy in a few weeks time and am wondering how long I should allow for the recovery period after the procedures. Specifically, is there any risk involved in engaging in sport such as 10 pin bowling (i.e. lifting an 8kg weigh) and also standing up for extended periods of time (e.g. all day) within 2-3 days after the procedures? These are two actvitives I am scheduled for after my colonoscopy and gastroscopy, and I am not sure if I should cancel them or not.

Your responses are appreciated.



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   Posted 11/4/2007 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
The only day you'll probably be "out of it" is actually the day of the scopes, and that's because you're so medicated.  You might also have some mild discomfort (from biopsies, if they take them) and excess gas (from the air they pump in there).  But if you tolerate the procedures well, there's no reason you can't go bowling or do whatever you want to do within a day or two.  They're both really benign procedures overall!

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   Posted 11/5/2007 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Some people continue to have D after their procedure. If that happens, you might try taking a probiotic for a couple of weeks to reintroduce good bacteria to your system. The laxative prep you have beforehand can flush all of your good bacteria out, and your system might not be very quick to recover. However, most people go back to having the type of bowel movements they had before the procedure by a day or two after it. I don't know--maybe one in ten, or less, take more than a few days to get back on track. That's where the probiotics can help you.

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   Posted 11/5/2007 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
you'll be fine the next day. hope all goes well. yp
48 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. In December had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now just taking Glycolax, metamucil, and began Humira 9/07.

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