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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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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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