A 44-year-old member asked:
what type of doctor deals with the colon?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Gastroenterology: A gastroenterologist is the type of doctor who mainly diagnosis and treats colon diseases. A colon and rectal surgeon and also general surgeons do surgery on the colon. Usually, but of course not always the surgeons are called after a different doctor makes a diagnosis and needs the patient to have an operation, as in colon cancer, trauma, fistulas, bad infections, many others.
5664 viewsAnswered May 30, 2019
A 27-year-old member asked:
Does my colon need to be cleansed periodically for me to stay in good health?
2 doctor answers • 2 doctors weighed in
Specializes in Colon and Rectal Surgery
No: Colon cleansing will remove the normal bacteria in the colon and can lead to overgrowth of harmful bacteria. Stool bulking agents such as fiber, psyllium, or products such as MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) work to promote natural evacuation of the tract. Probiotics will help maintian the natural flora. A well-balanced diet also will promote normal bowel function.
6288 viewsAnswered >2 years ago
A 26-year-old member asked:
What could be the probable diagnosis of a growth at sigmoid colon and rectm junction?
3 doctor answers • 15 doctors weighed in
Gastroenterology 33 years experience
Growth=Polyp=Tumor: A growth in the colon, also called a polyp, is a tumor or growth of abnormal tissue. They can be benign (non-cancerous) or cancer. Benign polyps such as adenomas have potential to turn to cancer if they grow a long time. Other polyps, such as hyperplastic, usually don't turn to cancer. Some polyps may already have cancer in them. Colonoscopy with biopsy is usually needed to make a diagnosis.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Are colon cleanses and colonics safe?
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Pediatrics 33 years experience
Not necessary: The colon is a place where water and some nutrients are absorbed by one's body. Diarrhea occurs if one does not absorb the normal amount of water and nutrients from his poop (stool). If one has bowel problems, he can see his primary care doctor or a gastroenterologist. Colonic cleaning or irrigation is not natural, and can be dangerous if the person's chemical balance is distorted.
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Signs of a colon problem?
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Dr. David Miller answered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Many and varied: Depending on the problem, signs can include nausea and vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, bleeding from the rectum, abdominal cramping, weight loss or gain or no symptoms at all. If you suspect some sort of problem with your colon, see your doc right away for an examination and evaluation.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Why are celebrities having colon cleanses?
1 doctor answer • 6 doctors weighed in
General Surgery 33 years experience
Fashionable: There is no medical justification for this procedure. The colon itself actually needs stool to get nutrients and to have good health; a colon deprived of stool atrophies and becomes ill. So it's just an expensive fad with no documented evidence that it helps anything.
5864 viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated May 30, 2019
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