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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Overview)

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 not remember the procedure.


Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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What if the colonoscopy shows something abnormal?

What if the colonoscopy shows something abnormal?

Diagnosis/treatment: At colonoscopy most visible abnormalities are either definitively diagnosed via sampling (biopsy) or removed completely also for diagnosis that includes the treatment. Some findings, eg cancer, need definitive treatment via other modes (for example but not limited to surgery). ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Overview)

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 not remember the procedure.


Dr. Michael Ekizian
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
14 years in practice
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What kind of dr do u see colonoscopy?

GI doctor: Colonoscopy is a procedure typically performed by a gastroenterologist for the screening and detection of colorectal cancer and precancerous lesions, usually after age 50. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Preventing Colorectal Cancer (Tip)

Preventing Colorectal Cancer

Get your 1st colonoscopy at age 50, or earlier if there's a family history of colon cancer. ...See more

Dr. Donald Alves
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
18 years in practice
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4. Polypa were found during colonoscopy.What is next?

Biopsy will tell: When encountered, they should have been biopsied, and it will depend upon the report from pathology as to if benign or concerning as to what next. Need to follow up with GI for report. ...Read more

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Dr. Jason Hemming
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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Is there any preparation necessary before the colonoscopy?

Yes: And most physicians / centers have a specific routine of dietary changes with laxatives, so it is ver important to follow the instructions given to you. One of the most important factors for a quality colonoscopy is an excellent prep. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Preventing Colorectal Cancer (Tip)

Preventing Colorectal Cancer

Colonoscopy; high fiber, healthy diet; regular screening. ...See more

Dr. Richard Orr
Board Certified, Surgical Oncology
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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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Dr. Myron Arlen
Board Certified, Surgical Oncology
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Could you provide some information on dealing with colonoscopies?

Valid procedure: The purpose of colonoscopy is preventative, that is to define the presence of an early colon lesion, if present, before clinically symptomatic. Should be performed every 5 yrs starting at 40 y..o. and at a time when the bowel is properly cleansed with an a-gent such as Go-Lytley to assure the bowel can easily be examined. Should be carried out with light anesthesia so that procedure is painless. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Preventing Colorectal Cancer (Tip)

Preventing Colorectal Cancer

Colonoscopy preparation: arrange for an escort to take you back home after the procedure. ...See more

Dr. Arie Pelta
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
14 years in practice
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Do I really need a colonoscopy?

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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