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I feel colonoscopy is invasive. Are there less embarrassing ways to look for colonic polyps?

I feel colonoscopy is invasive.  Are there less embarrassing ways to look for colonic polyps?

Possibly: For a full evaluation of your colon, a virtual colonoscopy or ct colonography may be an option. This is a specialized examination using the ct scanner performed by certain centers. Ask your doctor if this option is available in your area. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


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I'm scared of getting an colonoscopy to look for colonic polyps. Does it hurt?

I'm scared of getting an colonoscopy to look for colonic polyps.  Does it hurt?

No: In the hands of a well trained gastroenterologist using the right sedation, you should feel no pain during colonoscopy. The procedure should last around 20 to 30 minutes. You may feel some bloating after colonoscopy. You need to ask your gastroenterologist what type of sedation is used. Propofol is clearly superior to versed/valium. ...Read more

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I'm scared of getting an colonoscopy to look for colonic polyps. Will they knock me out?

Most likely: Typically you will be sedated for your colonoscopy. In most instances, you will not remember much from the exam. It is a very safe examination. ...Read more

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What is the cause for colon polyps? I went in for my five year colonoscopy and they removed three. Five years ago, they removed two. These are benign

What is the cause for colon polyps? I went in for my five year colonoscopy and they removed three. Five years ago, they removed two. These are benign

Not known: It is good that you had colonoscopy and had the polyps removed. We do not know the exact cause of polyps. It is likely a combination of genetics, diet and environment. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Normal iron levels however hgb is low 13.6. What this mean? Bening colon polyps removed. Diverticulosis diagnosed from most recent colonoscopy.

Normal iron levels however hgb is low 13.6. What this mean? Bening colon polyps removed. Diverticulosis diagnosed from most recent colonoscopy.

Polyps can bleed.: While polyps and diverticuli can bleed, the bleeding from the latter is dramatic and scary, while the bleeding from the former is very slow and not noticeable overtly. Your situation sounds like bleeding from polyps. ...Read more

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In my 30s.Eat healthy diet,normal weight,exercise.Have had 5 colon polyps removed between my last 2 colonoscopies? 4 benign,1 tubular adenoma.Common?

In my 30s.Eat healthy diet,normal weight,exercise.Have had 5 colon polyps removed between my last 2 colonoscopies? 4 benign,1 tubular adenoma.Common?

Follow-up care: Colon polyps are not normal, but it is good that you had colonoscopy to have these removed. Do you have family history of colon cancer? Even if you do not, do follow your doctor's advice for follow-up colonoscopy at no more than five years from now. Wish you good health. ...Read more

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In my 30s. Eat healthy diet and exercise. Have had 5 colon polyps removed between my last to colonoscopies? All benign. 1 tubular adenoma. Risk?

In my 30s. Eat healthy diet and exercise. Have had 5 colon polyps removed between my last to colonoscopies? All benign. 1 tubular adenoma. Risk?

Real risk: Your diet and exercise have little or no impact on your likelihood of developing colon cancer, but are very much worth doing for their own sake, for the fitness satisfaction, and other health benefits. This is mostly about your genes and dumb luck. You'll want to be 'scoped fairly often and little lesions removed promptly to reduce your risk greatly. ...Read more

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Can colon polyps or caner cause bladder irritation or UTI I am waiting for a colonoscopy and now getting bladder irritation and frequency of urine. ?

Can colon polyps or caner cause bladder irritation or UTI  I am waiting for a colonoscopy and now getting bladder irritation and frequency of urine. ?

Not with polyps: Bladder irritation and colonic fistula ( connection to bladder and colon ) usually not due to polyps but due to diverticulitis which is a benign disease . Don't worry wait until tests are complete .. ...Read more

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Is a colon polyp more likely to grow fast if it's cancerous? I had a colonoscopy last year with no polyps, had a very large polyp removed today

Is a colon polyp more likely to grow fast if it's cancerous? I had a colonoscopy last year with no polyps, had a very large polyp removed  today

sort ofm: Since you were negative a year ago, you must have bled to warrant re-exam. Rapid growth is a sign of cancer. I note you do not use. 81 mg Aspirin that may inhibit polyp transformation and growth. ...Read more

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Mother had precancerous colon polyp at 40, father had noncancerous polyp at 40... when should I have first colonoscopy?

It depends on....: You may be at a higher risk for polyps than the average person where colonoscopy is advised at 50 years of age. For high risk it is advised at 40 years. But if you have any symptoms of blood loss or abdominal symptoms anytime, you should get your colon checked before you turn 40. If you want to be free of any anxiety, then do it sooner(now or during this year provided you can handle the expenses. ...Read more

Dr. Allen Kamrava
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Colon Polyps (Definition)

A colon polyp is a growth on the lining of the colon (large intestine). Most polyps are benigh, but some are cancerous and some can become cancerous. They are a common finding on colonoscopy, and are frequently biopsied (removed) during colonoscopy ...Read more


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