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Doctor insights on: Colonoscopy Health Risks

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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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I was charged a copayment for a colonoscopy by the staff after taking my health insurance info. I thought that preventive care requires no copayment?

I was charged a copayment for a colonoscopy by the staff after taking my health insurance info.  I thought that preventive care requires no copayment?

Visits have both...: Many doctor visits have both preventive care and symptom care. A routine colonoscopy due to a patient's age can be preventive care. But if the patient has constipation, tummy aches, or even a sore throat related to that visit, then part of the visit becomes symptom care (copay is needed). The issues are caused by insurance company & government rules. Copay is credited back if not on insurance eob. ...Read more

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Previous question was to read, chance of success of end colonoscopy reversal? Hubby 62 good health colostomy due to diverticular abscess.

Previous question was to read, chance of success of end colonoscopy reversal? Hubby 62 good health colostomy due to diverticular abscess.

Colostomy reversal: since the colostomy was probable a diverting colostomy vs a colostomy where a large amount of colon was removed the reversal should be successful ...Read more

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Had colonoscopy yesterday, w/biopsy & 1 polyp removed. Knowing it's generally bad for health, is it safe to smoke 1 cigarette today?

Had colonoscopy yesterday, w/biopsy & 1 polyp removed. Knowing it's generally bad for health, is it safe to smoke 1 cigarette today?

No: It is never safe to smoke a cigarette. Wouldn't this be a great time to stop? Given this... there is no special danger from a cig at this time. But you're young, with much of your life ahead of you. You're smart enough to have found HealthTap. You've been away from tobacco for some time. Why not quite RIGHT NOW -- and phone your physician if your need medicine to get you through it. ...Read more

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Doctor said that if i was preforated during colonoscopy i would know by know..Its been 13 days..Is this true?Sorry I have really bad health anxiety

Doctor said that if i was preforated during colonoscopy i would know by know..Its been 13 days..Is this true?Sorry I have really bad health anxiety

Most likely: If you have a significant perforation in your colon, that will spill your colon contents "usually stool" into the surrounding cavity which is called peritoneum, that usually triggers severe inflammatory response that might bring down your whole body, i tend to agree with your doctor that if you perforated your colon you'd have been in the hospital by now feeling really sick, .... ...Read more

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I recently had a physical with bloodwork and ekg, endoscopy, mammogram and colonoscopy. All results were normal. Does that mean I am in good health?

I recently had a physical with bloodwork and ekg, endoscopy, mammogram and colonoscopy. All results were normal. Does that mean I am in good health?

Probably: I sense by your question that you have been worrying about your health. With all these tests you've taken, your health is probably good. But if you are still worrying, please talk with your doctor about a referral to address emotional concerns. ...Read more

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Can add ADHD meds give you health problems such as ulcers, infections nausea vomiting etc to where a doctor recommends a MRI a endoscopy a colonoscopy ?

Can add ADHD meds give you health problems such as ulcers, infections nausea vomiting etc to where a doctor recommends a MRI a endoscopy a colonoscopy ?

What was the med?: Stimulant meds such as ritalin/adderall/vyvanse can cause some nausea/loss of appetite, increase heart rate, abd pain, but ulcers and infections are not likely. Nonstimulant such as strattera (atomoxetine) can cause the side effects you listed, but usually occur rather rapidly after dosing/adjustment and so you would know. Talk to/ask your doc to find what could be causing your symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there any risk involve in having a colonoscopy?

Is there any risk involve in having a colonoscopy?

Very safe: modern colonoscopy is extremely safe. Complications are rare. Probably the most common complication is perforation, and it reportedly occurs in about one of every 1200 colonoscopies. There are rare risks of bleeding and of a reaction to the sedation. Overall, they are extremely safe, and if you have a reason for needing one, don't shy away. ...Read more

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What are the risks of a colonoscopy for someone in their 80's?

What are the risks of a colonoscopy for someone in their 80's?

Perforation: The two main risks of colonoscopy are perforation and missed lesions. The national rate of perforation is 1 in every 3, 000 to 5, 000 colonoscopies. This is a very low rate, so much so that it is considered very low risk. The rate of missed lesions is estimated to be about 15 for every 100 lesions, nationally. The risk of sedation depends on your health status, but it is generally very safe. ...Read more

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How does the risk of a gastroscopy compare to a colonoscopy?

How does the risk of a gastroscopy compare to a colonoscopy?

Neither have risk: When both procedures carried out under mild anesthersia, the patient essentailly experiences no side effect. With colonoscopy air however has to inflate bowel for visualization and being NPO isnt suffiecient to clean out the colon. GoLytley has to be employed. Minor risk with some bx close to bowel mucosa where perforation has resulted .especially in colon. ...Read more

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What are the risks and potential downsides of having a colonoscopy?

What are the risks and potential downsides of having a colonoscopy?

Low risk: Bleeding and perforation are indeed risks however combine risk in the hands of an experienced endoscopist is probably less than 1%, so it is safe and by far the most efficient test for polyps/cancer of the colon as it is both diagnostic and therapeutic, which none of the alternative exams are. ...Read more

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What are the risks of having a colonoscopy and an endoscopy.

What are the risks of having a colonoscopy and an endoscopy.

Relatively slim: Can include: med reaction ( monitored throughout procedure, and after in recovery rm), bleeding (avoid aspirin, other meds, herbals), perforation about 1/10, 000 for upper endoscopy, 1/1000 for colonoscopy; sore throat w/upper. Trauma to other organs, risks may vary w/ work being done, pt anatomy, e.g. Scar tissue, etc.. Risk also of missing an abnormality that is actually there-variable. Talk w/md. ...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 are colonoscopies?

Colonoscopies : A colonoscopy is a procedure where one's colon is carefully inspected with a colonoscopy, a lighted, flexible telescope. Polyps can be removed, tumors can be diagnosed, and diseases of the bowel can be diagnosed. Doctors recommend that all people should get a colonoscopy by the age of 50. ...Read more

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Is a colonoscopy painful?

It shouldn't: Colonoscopies for the most part are not painful especially if sedation is used ...Read more

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