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A polyp 1 CM is average size or is consider big? Can I have the option to be awake and conscious during a colonoscopy?

A polyp 1 CM is average size or is consider big? Can I have the option to be awake and conscious during a colonoscopy?

Possible: 1 cm is not considered very small, current practice of endoscopic screening, will be picked up much smaller than 1 cm, yes could be done with out sedation, but you will be very uncomfortable, and no reason to suffer, follow the advice of your doctor, a relatively low risk procedure ...Read more

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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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When polyps are found during colonoscopy that are 2-3 CM in size why would a doctor leave them instead of taking a biopsy?

When polyps are found during colonoscopy that are 2-3 CM in size why would a doctor leave them instead of taking a biopsy?

Colonoscopy: Biopsies are usually only taken of any polyps that don't look normal. Polyps of that tiny size are unlikely to be a problem and to a trained eye, the risk of taking the biopsy probably higher than the risk of possible malignancy! I am sure you were told to have a follow up colonoscopy in 6 mos to 1 year. ...Read more

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I recently had a colonoscopy, and the doctor completely removed a sessile polyp from my descending colon using cold forceps (size of polyp unknown). I?

I recently had a colonoscopy, and the doctor completely removed a sessile polyp from my descending colon using cold forceps (size of polyp unknown). I?

Ok Then: What is the biopsy (pathology) repot which is important for immediate care. You have to find it from your doctor and also will advise you about what type of follow up care you need. . ...Read more

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What's causes change in stool caliber? Pencil thin stools different shapes and sizes always? Did a colonoscopy and Ends and capsule 4 months ago polyp non cancerous biopsies taken? Should I be scared? Been like this for years but lately really bad

What's causes change in stool caliber? Pencil thin stools different shapes and sizes always? Did a colonoscopy and Ends and capsule 4 months ago polyp non cancerous biopsies taken? Should I be scared? Been like this for years but lately really bad

Tight sphincter: While this is sometimes serious, a recent colonoscopy is reassuring. Try increasing the fiber content of your diet, fruits, vegetables, maybe a supplement like Metamucil (which is available at any drugstore). The usual culprit is a tight sphincter muscle and too little fiber in the diet. ...Read more

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Are all polyps removed during a colonoscopy?

Are all polyps removed during a colonoscopy?

Yes: We remove polyps because they can become cancerour. ...Read more

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Is it serious to have 5 polyps removed during a colonoscopy?

Is it serious to have 5 polyps removed during a colonoscopy?

Depends: It depends on the type of polyps. Be sure to follow up and find out what the pathology report said. Tubular adenoma is a pre-cancerous polyp and would indicate a righer risk for developing colon cancer. Follow up as directed by the doctor. ...Read more

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If you had polyps last time you had a colonoscopy does than mean it's expected to continue the same.

There are higher odd: Some people are more prone to form polyps. So if you have had the polyps removed before, you are considered higher risk for more polyps and advised to undergo colonoscopy in 5 years, as opposed to 10 years for someone who did not have any polyps in their first colonoscopy. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy and they removed 5 polyps. What is the average amount that is removed and is 5 a lot?

5 is a lot: 5 polyps found at colonoscopy is a lot but not uncommon. Most important is the type of polyp. Hyperplastic polyps are not malignant and are not the concern that we associate with adenomatous polyps which can be premalignant. Most worrisome are adenomatous polyps with atypia which should be aggressively removed. Many invasive cancers start as a benign polyp and can be prevented by polypectomy! ...Read more

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Had a total clean colonoscopy at 45, no polyps. At age 50, now am I still ok, or should I consider another one now. Thanks?

10 years: Current guidelines recommend a repeat colonoscopy in 10 years assuming there is no family history of colon cancer or high risk polyps. ...Read more

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If when taking a colonoscopy and they see polyps do they remove them and when they remove them and something is found what medicine do they use?

If when taking a colonoscopy and they see polyps do they remove them and when they remove them and something is found what medicine do they use?

Yes: Polyps are removed with instruments passed through a channel in the scope. Instruments are used to cut the polyp and extract it. Very rarely (if polyp large and/or flat) there is a need to inject the polyp prior to removing it, and the most common injected medicine would be epinephrine and normal saline. ...Read more

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I had a clean colonoscopy at age 45. No polyps etc. Just turned 50 and wondering if I should do it now, or is it ok to wait. Thanks in advance, ?

Maybe: First question is do you have any symptoms to suggest colon disease. Change in bowel habits, rectal bleeding, unexplained weight loss most commonly. If not, next question is family history. Any one in your first degree family have colon cancer or polyps? If yes then have one at 5 years, if no then recommendations are to wait 10 years, again, if no symptoms. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy today (my second one within 3 years). My dr removed 2 polyps today, 1 very large the other small. What does this mean? Also how can

Colonoscopy/Polyps: If you had a colonoscopy on the day of this question posted and you had 2 polyps, you should wait till seeing your GI doctor for the pathology of the polyps. He will also discuss with you regarding next surveillance colonoscopy and likely the pathology of your polyps (benign or cancerous). ...Read more

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Had a colonoscopy yesterday, removed four polyps, one of which had to be clip, how long dose the clip stay in? Also not feeling 100% lot of rectal press.

Clip will pass: The clip on the stalk of a polyp will fall off after a few weeks. It will likely pass without you knowing about it. The rectal pressure after colonoscopy is due to irritation of the rectal canal from manipulating the colonoscope during the procedure. It should resolve within a day or two after the procedure. ...Read more

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How often do you need a colonoscopy if they find pre cancerous polyps?

How often do you need a colonoscopy if they find pre cancerous polyps?

It depends on: Several things including the type, size, and number of polyps. Your polyps were likely adenomas, not hyperplastic polyps, if you were told they were pre-cancerous. If you only had 1 or 2 small (<10 mm) adenomas, next colonoscopy in 5-10 years. But >2 adenomas, or >10 mm in size, almost all guidelines suggest repeat colonoscopy in 3 years. Serrated polyposis syndrome is annual exam. Hope helpful ...Read more

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How common is it to find 36 polyps in a colonoscopy? None were found to be cancerous.

How common is it to find 36 polyps in a colonoscopy? None were found to be cancerous.

Polyposis: Hi, Thank you for your question.

That is a high number but usually polypsosis syndromes have 100's of polyps.
If everything is okay you may just need an earlier follow up.

Hope that helps. Contact me if you have any other questions :-)
Dr. M ...Read more

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I have recently had a colonoscopy and there weren't any biopsies or polyps taken. I haven't received any info yet. What could this mean?

I have recently had a colonoscopy and there weren't any biopsies or polyps taken. I haven't received any info yet. What could this mean?

No news...: ...Is usually good news, but I would call the doctors office to verify there wasn't a miscommunication problem and request a copy of the report or a follow-up appointment with your md to review the results and plans for follow-up. ...Read more

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I am 31 I had my first colonoscopy in february of this year, is there any chance that tumors or polyps can appear soon after? It was negative!

Depends...: Depends on--genetics (is there an underlying polyposis syndrome); the skill of your colonoscopist & the quality of your colon preparation; risk reduction (eat more fiber, less fat, watch your weight); predisposing factors (crohn's colitis, ulcerative colitis), age (incidence of polyps increases with age), more. That being said, a negative exam at age 31 offers opportunity for polyp prevention. ...Read more

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I was told to not fly for two weeks after removing a polyp during a colonoscopy. Is this really necessary? I have a business trip planned in 4 days.

Probably not: If your colonoscopy was without incident, uneventful, and if your recovery has been that way also, I believe you should be able to go to your business trip. However, please let your doctor know about this and take his advice also. ...Read more

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Which tests are considered "routine" when trying to diagnose rectal and anal problems? I have had a colonoscopy, I had a few polyps and inter. Hemmorh

Which tests are considered "routine" when trying to diagnose rectal and anal problems? I have had a colonoscopy, I had a few polyps and inter. Hemmorh

Colonoscopy is it!: For common rectal or anal problems such as rectal bleeding or pain, a full colonoscopy is commonly "routine" at age 53. Depending upon the symptoms, a simple anoscopy or rigid or flexible sigmoidoscopy might be recommended. Importantly' rectal bleeding should never be attributed to hemorrhoids without an endoscopic exam to document hemorrhoids or, more importantly, rule out a malignancy. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy found 2 polyps. One removed completely. Other one portion removed. Both came back benign. Can the other portion not removed be miligant?

Technically yes: Technically it could, but one can estimate those chances by looking in more detail of your pathology report. If they both came back benign, that risk is extremely low. Ask your gastroenterologist for more details. ...Read more

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My mom had a colonoscopy & her dr said he took out to polyps. Should she be worried?

My mom had a colonoscopy & her dr said he took out to polyps. Should she be worried?

Depends on size: And number, but pathology test results should return in a few days. This is definitive answer. Just have her wait for the results to be sure, but polyps are usually benign. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy showed no polyps but an erythematous area was found and it was biopsied. What could that mean?

IBS has no findings: Typically, inflammation anywhere is associated with erythema. While it is more diagnostic of acute or chronic inflammation in the stomach or esophagus, erythema in the colon could mean nonspecific inflammation. The biopsy will determine if this is something more serious such as Crohn's disease. IBS has no abnormalities on colonoscopy. ...Read more

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I'm a 25 female an just got a colonoscopy. I have a polyp. Is this normal for my age? No biopsy results yet.

It depends: It depends the biopsy results. Some polyps are very benign and pose no risk for cancer progression. The question is why did you get a colonoscopy at age 25? Something else must have been going on. ...Read more

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Adenomatous polyp with atypia means.? Just got report from colonoscopy report. No need to worry? Let me knw sir

Adenomatous polyp with atypia means.? Just got report from colonoscopy report. No need to worry? Let me knw sir

There are some: Missing pieces of information that may be helpful. Size and location of polyp? Tubular or villous (a specific type of growth pattern the pathologist notes). Atypia designates that there may have been some dysplasia, a pre-cancerous type of change. As long as the polyp has been completely removed, no need to worry now. Colonoscopy should be repeated in future based on factors above. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Regarding a colonoscopy, I understand there is a ranking # that is used to track dr's. Procedure outcome on finding polyps?

Adenoma detection: Adenoma detection rate is the standard you are thinking of (different from polyp detection rate as not all polyps are adenomatous, or precancerous). The minimum standard is around 25 percent for average risk screening colonoscopies, though many groups, like ours, achieve rates closer to 40%. These rates are usually self reported and take a bit of work to compile, so not everyone reports them. ...Read more

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I will have a colonoscopy dr found 2 polyps in simgdoscopy do all polyps are cancer? Do they grow back after they are removed?

I will have a colonoscopy dr found 2 polyps in simgdoscopy do all polyps are cancer? Do they grow back after they are removed?

Relax: Great majority of polyps are not cancer. Usually takes several years to develop cancer. Polyps>1 cm in size are most noteworthy. Most important colonoscopy is your first- to find polyps that developed over the decades. Should get follow up exams. Frequency depends on polyp number, size, type, family history. Discuss w/ md. Colonoscopy made headway in fight against cancer. Talk about diet, activity. ...Read more

Polyp (Definition)

A polyp may occur anyplace on the body, but is most commonly seen in the colon when a colonscopy exam is done. It is a bump or protrusion from the lining of the GI tract and colon, which can can be benign or turn ...Read more