A 36-year-old female asked:
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i was advised to undergo a colonoscopy before a hernia surgery but,but i am scheduled tomorrow for the surgery is it safe?should i continue?

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Dr. David Earle
30 years experience General Surgery
Ok to have surgery: Long ago, we used to think that a hernia was a possible sign of colon cancer, presumably from straining. Nowadays, we know that is not true, and there is no need for routine colonoscopy before hernia repair. If there is another issue with the colon, it may be warranted. Hope this helps! And good luck with the hernia repair.
Answered on May 21, 2014
Dr. Emily Solow
24 years experience General Surgery
Colonoscopy is safe: Colonoscopy is a good test to look at the insides of the colon. Risks include perforation and bleeding (if biopsies are done) Few complications occur. If your doctor recommended this study I suggest that you go ahead with it. The amount of information obtained can be valuable
Answered on Jun 17, 2014
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