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What is the difference between a colectomy and a colonoscopy?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 65 years experience
The suffix: When a word ends in ectomy it refers to removal of:an organ such as colon in colectomy and kidney in nephrectomy, When the word ends in oscopy it refers to examination of an organ with a device or scope such as in endoscopy, laryngoscopy, proctoscopy. Colonoscopy refers as such to examination of the colon with a colonoscope.

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