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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


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Can a hernia be repaired during a colonoscopy?

Possibly: This would be an unusual practice but it is possible. The main problem would be scheduling to different physicians schedules. As well, this would likely add cost, as the cost of operating room time is significantly more than the cost of outpatient GI procedure room time. ...Read more

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Can you have a colonoscopy if you have a hernia?

Can you have a colonoscopy if you have a hernia?

Yes you can: Yes you can, there is no contraindication to that. ...Read more

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Can a colonoscopy cause a hernia? How do I treat it?

Can a colonoscopy cause a hernia? How do I treat it?

Hernias development: Colonoscopy injects a lot of air into the colon and increases intravenous-abdominal pressure. If you have a hernia, the increased pressure will cause a pre-existent hernia to protrude. You should see a surgeon to have it repaired. The hernia has probably been there for awhile and protruded after to increase in abdominal pressure. ...Read more

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Internal hernia can it be spotted with a colonoscopy?

Internal hernia can it be spotted with a colonoscopy?

No: The colonoscopy only can see the inside of your colon. Think of it as being able to look inside of a hose. It is not able to look inside your abdomen. Think of a hose that is in a container. By looking inside the hose, you do not see what the outside of the hose looks like as it sits inside the container. ...Read more

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Can a colonoscopy agrivate an umbilical hernia?

Can a colonoscopy agrivate an umbilical hernia?

Probably not: The colon is actually not attached to the front abdominal wall and hernia is a result of a defect in the wall through which part of your colon/small intestine can get squeezed in resulting in the bulge--the hernia. Colon prep cleans out your colon and colonoscopy is just a scope being threaded into the colon to take a look. This should not make the hernia worse. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you determine a umbilical hernia in a colonoscopy?

No: A colonoscopy is looking at the lining of your colon. An umbilical hernia is a defect in your abdominal wall at the level of your belly button. If not appreciated on physical examination, these hernias can be seen on ct scan. ...Read more

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Should you have a colonoscopy if you have an umbilical hernia?

Should you have a colonoscopy if you have an umbilical hernia?

Yes: The presence of an umbilical hernia does not preclude you from undergoing a colonoscopy. As always, just be sure that there is a proper indication for you to have the colonoscopy. ...Read more

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My dad has umbical hernia... And have been asked to have an endoscopy and a colonoscopy. What would this determine?

Unrelated: A colonoscopy is generally recommended for screening for colorectal cancer, starting at age 50. Upper endoscopy is usually reserved for those with symptoms related to the upper GI tract such as reflux, abdominal pain, etc. Neither of these tests are required before repairing an umbilical hernia as a routine. Ask your surgeon to find out more. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My dad has umbical hernia for the last 10 years +. He has been asked to have a endoscopy and colonoscopy? What wud this elevate?

My dad has umbical hernia for the last 10 years +. He has been asked to have a endoscopy and colonoscopy? What wud this elevate?

If he is 77: And have any GI symptoms, he should have these tests. If he is thinking about surgical repair of the hernia, it is more important to exclude any GI conditions prior to an operation on the abdominal wall. Ask his doctor who recommended these tests for more specific answers. ...Read more

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Can a colonoscopy and endoscopy find a hernia? And if so what will the doc do if he does find one or any other type of seriously immediate problem?

Can a colonoscopy and endoscopy find a hernia? And if so what will the doc do if he does find one or any other type of seriously immediate problem?

NO: Huge abdominal hernias, visible hernias scope could enter, but not the way to diagnose hernia. How ever laparoscopy will detect hernias. Speak to you doctor ...Read more

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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?

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 ...Read more

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Hernia w/sever pain by umbilical repair w/mesh. Also just hospitalized for unknown intestinal bleeding. Colonoscopy in 6 days. Related to each other?

Hernia w/sever pain by umbilical repair w/mesh. Also just hospitalized for unknown intestinal bleeding. Colonoscopy in 6 days. Related to each other?

Postop complications: I cannot answer for sure as it depends on what they actually did during surgery. Potentially the two can be related as either due to postop complication (intestinal injury) or sometimes hernias could be due to Meckel's diverticulum (a pouch coming off the small intestine) that sometimes leads to intussusception and bleeding. Colonoscopy might help determine if there is a large bowel cause. ...Read more

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Have had abdominal pain for awhile now, about 4 months. No gallbladder present. Have been told in past I have hernia after colonoscopy 4 yrs ago.?

Have had abdominal pain for awhile now, about 4 months. No gallbladder present. Have been told in past I have hernia after colonoscopy 4 yrs ago.?

Need info: If a hernia was seen on colposcopy/EGD it was likely a hiatal hernia which don't typically cause abdominal pain. If the pain occurs shortly after eating fatty or greasy foods if could be you GB. If the pain is improved with eating could be an ulcer. You definatley need to see a surgeon or your PCP ...Read more

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Can a colonoscopy cause an umbilical site hernia I was having severe llq pain and after colonoscopy I now have 2painful hernias TSH and umb rcrsrct?

Can a colonoscopy cause an umbilical site hernia I was having severe llq pain and after colonoscopy I now have 2painful hernias TSH and umb rcrsrct?

Probably not: It is very unlikely that colonoscopy "caused" a hernia. Did they find the reason for the llq pain? I don't understand what "tsh and umb rcrsrct" means. ...Read more

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Abdom. Pain, left lower & right mid. With constipation for 1 month. Colonoscopy 1 yr ago, all good. Laparoscopic bilateral hernia repair 07. Any thoughts?

Pain Pattern?: First, I wonder why a 34yo had a colonoscopy? What was going on then? Second, is the pain constant, only after meals, etc? Pain on both sides of the abdomen suggests a functional problem like irritable bowel syndrome rather an infection or blockage. ...Read more

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Been having upper abdominal pain, had colonoscopy and endoscopy. Reviled a hiatai hernia. Is the hernia causing the upper ab pain?

Maybe: Hiatal hernia is very common, but they are not all the same. Large ones can certainly cause pain, along with difficulty swallowing or reflux/heartburn. Patients commonly attribute many nonspecific symptoms to a hiatal hernia, and more often than not the hiatal hernia is not the cause. See a general surgeon with experience in hiatal hernia repair for a consult if its that bad. Best of luck! ...Read more

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So, from dr. Para's response, am I correct in assuming that the internal pressure from a colonoscopy could exacerbate an inguinal hernia?

I suppose....: If there is a sliding-type inguinal hernia, with colon contained within the sac, perhaps incarcerated, a colonoscopy could cause some discomfort in that groin. Bottom line would be to get an examination by a general surgeon or your primary care physician and get the hernia fixed! ...Read more

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What is wrong? Rectal bleed began 8mos ago. Colonoscopy - 50mm tubulovillous polyp s/p 6wks. New ab. Pain, more r.Bleeding. Ct - ov. Cyst, p.Duod hernia.

What is wrong? Rectal bleed began 8mos ago. Colonoscopy - 50mm tubulovillous polyp s/p 6wks. New ab. Pain, more r.Bleeding. Ct - ov. Cyst, p.Duod hernia.

Repeat colonoscopy: You have a villus polyp removed for lower GI bleed. It has been 6 weeks and still bleeding. Talk to your GI doctor. This could be a hemorrhoid but it could be another lesion or polyp. It can also be an arterial-venous malformation. Best to have a doctor evaluate. They will also look for anemia. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Mild/moderate rlq pain upon certain movements like drawing knees up. No other symptoms. Had us, ct, colonoscopy all ok. Could it be a hernia?

Mild/moderate rlq pain upon certain movements like drawing knees up. No other symptoms. Had us, ct, colonoscopy all ok. Could it be a hernia?

Might be: The symptom you present has a wide differential diagnosis. Moreover the work up you described does not rule-out an inguinal hernia completely. I advise you get checked by a surgeon. Good luck. ...Read more

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63 year-old woman still has continuous mild stomach pain affecting her daily life, despite 3 yrs of medical treatment for gastritis found after.....?

63 year-old woman still has continuous mild stomach pain affecting her daily life, despite 3 yrs of medical treatment for gastritis found after.....?

Interesting: From your treatment so far it looks like that you have had a good workup. Two things may have been overlooked like your diet, your emotional situation. Your obesity might indicate irritating and poor choice of foods. Snoring might indicate restless sleep that may indicate an ear, nose & throat problem or a psychiatric problem. Please consult with your family physician. & see him/her for a referral to a psychologist. ...Read more

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Should I have a colonsocpy? I had 36" of colon removed in 2006 with reversed 3 months later. Had hernia repair from that surgery in 2010.

Should I have a colonsocpy? I had 36" of colon removed in 2006 with reversed 3 months later. Had hernia repair from that surgery in 2010.

Depends: Screening colonoscopy starts age 50 and every 10 years after if normal. If you have resection colon for cancer, you should have colonoscopy first year after surgery and than depends if any findings to determine how frequently after that. ...Read more

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What is a colonoscopy?

What is a colonoscopy?

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. ...Read more

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Do colonoscopies hurt?

No: Colonoscopy is usually performed with some form of sedation and if done correctly you should not feel anything or remember anything. ...Read more

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What is a colonoscopy like?

A simple test: After appropriate colon preparation at home, arrive at the endoscopy center, change into a gown & IV is inserted. Once in the procedure room, final consent is obtained, IV sedation is given (there are options here--some patients choose no sedation, others want to be "out cold"), & a thin flexible tube with video camera is inserted per rectum & advanced, taking pictures, biopsies, & therapeutics. ...Read more

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How to prep for a colonoscopy?

Lots of options: There are a lot of different regimens for doing a colonoscopy prep. It depends on your gastroenterologist what they prefer. Ultimate what they want is a clean prep, so you should not have any stool in your colon when they look. You will have a sense of whether your prep is complete when you look in the toilet bowl and you shouldn't see any solid material left. ...Read more

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What results from colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy: This is a good screening tool used for the appropriate age group in screening for colon cancer. ...Read more

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Do I really need a colonoscopy?

Age: When either 45 or 50 yrs old or of bleeding or other symptoms also pending family history. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy: what can I expect?

Not bad: The most annoying part is the bowel cleanout the day before. You have to drink a fluid that makes you have enough bowel movements until your stool becomes clear. The colonoscopy procedure itself is usually easy. When you go home you will have some abdominal discomfort and bloating. Sometimes you can have a little rectal bleeding as well. ...Read more

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What may appear in a colonoscopy?

Pretty much anything: Colonoscopies are mostly done for screening, looking for polyps which may be pre-cancerous, thus removing them in essence prevents a cancer. Colonoscopies are also done to evaluate for other problems, like diverticulosis, hemorrhoid bleeding, changes in bowels which may be from comparatively benign conditions, but infectious diseases, inflammatory diseases and other colon problems may be found too. ...Read more

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When should I start colonoscopies?

When should I start colonoscopies?

50 unless...: The general guideline is age 50, but there are exceptions to that rule. For example, family history of colon cancer can move up the schedule. ...Read more

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How can you die from a colonoscopy?

How can you die from a colonoscopy?

Unlikely: Dying during a colonoscopy or because of one is a very rare event. The risk of a perforation or hole during a colonoscopy is about 1/1500. The risks of dying would increase if one had a perforation that was not noticed. Also there is a risk of having complications from the sedation. One could stop breathing from over sedation which could lead to death, again, a rare event. ...Read more

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No pain, why would I need a colonoscopy?

Screening: Screening for colon cancer. cancer usually does not give symptoms until it is a large tumor that has spread to other organs. At that point you would start having symptoms, but survival after treatment would be significantly reduced. ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

The ascendence of the gastroesophageal junction into the chest above the diaphragm through the ...Read more