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A 52-year-old member asked:

what can be expected during my colonoscopy?

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Dr. Christopher Powers
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
Not much: You will be under the influence of versed or some other medication such that you won't feel and/or remember a thing.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Don't be: A colonoscopy is usually done with mild sedation so you won't feel anything or remember anything. It takes about 20-30 minutes. Yo will need transportation home and the rest of the day off work. Following day back to the normal grind. Day before the procedure is prep day to get your colon clean so that a thorough exam can be performed.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What is a colonoscopy?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
Look inside colon: You are sedated (very sleepy, but still breathing on your own). The endoscopist places an instrument through your anus and then passes it into the colon to carefully exam the colon for polyps, cancer, etc. If any abnormalities are found a biopsy may be done. Typically, it is painless - the only bother is cleaning out your bowels beforehand and even that's not so bad.
A 23-year-old member asked:

Why are colonoscopies so important?

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Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Prevent colon cancer: Colonoscopy is a complete exam of the colon which allows the detection and removal of colon polyps. Colon polyps are common and most people with polyps will not develop colon cancer. Colon cancer rates can and are decreasing with the use of this procedure. It should be performed by a board-certified gastroenterologist for best results.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What would be expected results of a colonoscopy if amish descendent?

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Dr. Vijay Laxmi Misra
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Depends : If colonoscopy is being done for symptoms chances of findings are higher. If it is screening, then 20-35% chances of finding adenomatous polyp.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Colonoscopy need IV insertion?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Maybe: I have performed colonoscopies with no sedation. In that case no IV is required. Otherwise, ivs are used for Propofol or versed sedation.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Are colonoscopies necessary?

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Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 30 years experience
YES!: A colonoscopy is a safe, thorough examination of your entire colon under sedation to screen for polyps, or to diagnose bleeding issues or other colon abnormalities such as diverticulosis or hemorrhoids. Small growths like polyps rarely cause symptoms until they grow larger, and can lead to colorectal cancer. You should be screened at least at age 50 or sooner if you have any rectal bleeding.

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