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Doctor insights on: Colonoscopy Risks Vs Benefits

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If I? celiacs and had EGD and colonoscopy (for different reason) with (-)biopsy for celiacs, is there any benefit to having blood test 3 yr later?

If I? celiacs and had EGD and colonoscopy (for different reason) with (-)biopsy for celiacs, is there any benefit to having blood test 3 yr later?

Depends: If you were on a gluten free diet at the time of egd then the sensitivity of biopsies will be lower. In this case doing the blood test may be reasonable. Please feel free to contact me if you have more questions on this. ...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


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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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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 isn't 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 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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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 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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Need unsedated colonoscopy?

Most patients: Find mild sedation helpful during a colonoscsopy however many can tolerate the procedure without sedation. Talk with your endoscopist to see if you are a candidate. ...Read more

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What is a colonoscopy like?

A simple test: After appropriate colon preparation at home, arrive at the endoscopy center, change into a gown & IV is inserted. Once in the procedure room, final consent is obtained, IV sedation is given (there are options here--some patients choose no sedation, others want to be "out cold"), & a thin flexible tube with video camera is inserted per rectum & advanced, taking pictures, biopsies, & therapeutics. ...Read more

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Are colonoscopies necessary?

YES!: A colonoscopy is a safe, thorough examination of your entire colon under sedation to screen for polyps, or to diagnose bleeding issues or other colon abnormalities such as diverticulosis or hemorrhoids. Small growths like polyps rarely cause symptoms until they grow larger, and can lead to colorectal cancer. You should be screened at least at age 50 or sooner if you have any rectal bleeding. ...Read more

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How to prep for a colonoscopy?

Lots of options: There are a lot of different regimens for doing a colonoscopy prep. It depends on your gastroenterologist what they prefer. Ultimate what they want is a clean prep, so you should not have any stool in your colon when they look. You will have a sense of whether your prep is complete when you look in the toilet bowl and you shouldn't see any solid material left. ...Read more

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What results from colonoscopy?

What results from colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy: This is a good screening tool used for the appropriate age group in screening for colon cancer. ...Read more

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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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How deep does a colonoscopy go?

Right colon: A proper colonoscopy should reach the right side of the colon to the junction of the colon and the small intestine. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy: what can I expect?

Not bad: The most annoying part is the bowel cleanout the day before. You have to drink a fluid that makes you have enough bowel movements until your stool becomes clear. The colonoscopy procedure itself is usually easy. When you go home you will have some abdominal discomfort and bloating. Sometimes you can have a little rectal bleeding as well. ...Read more

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How is a colonoscopy performed?

How is a colonoscopy performed?

Camera on a snake: A video camera on the end of a flexible stalk, not unlike a snake, is inserted through the rectum while you are asleep. You don't feel a thing, you won't remember it, and the only bed part is the prep. ...Read more

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What may appear in a colonoscopy?

Pretty much anything: Colonoscopies are mostly done for screening, looking for polyps which may be pre-cancerous, thus removing them in essence prevents a cancer. Colonoscopies are also done to evaluate for other problems, like diverticulosis, hemorrhoid bleeding, changes in bowels which may be from comparatively benign conditions, but infectious diseases, inflammatory diseases and other colon problems may be found too. ...Read more

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What if I ate before colonoscopy?

What if I ate before colonoscopy?

They would cancel: If you ate, your intestines may not be clean, so a reliable examination becomes difficult to carry out. This means there is going to be likely cancellation of the colonoscopic procedure. ...Read more

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When should I start colonoscopies?

When should I start colonoscopies?

50 unless...: The general guideline is age 50, but there are exceptions to that rule. For example, family history of colon cancer can move up the schedule. ...Read more

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Is colonoscopy the same as a ug i?

No: A colonoscopy is using a camera inserted into the rectum (under some level of sedation) through your colon to the cecum (area of the appendix) which allows us to look for cancer as well as to biopsy areas of abnormality. A UGI is an x-ray procedure where we use x-rays to take a picture of your esophagus and stomach with dye in it which allows us to look for leaks, blockages and other issues. ...Read more

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I have got a colonoscopy question?

What is question?: Colonoscopy is a routine procedure performed with a long flexible endoscope after a bowel clean out. It is usually done under heavy sedation as an outpatient. Polyps can often be removed or other suspicious areas biopsied. You can resubmit a specific question. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about colonoscopy?

Much to say: Its a procedure that allows for examination of the colon and part of the small intestinal by direct visualization (seeing it) and also the opportunity to complete procedures when necessary. After a pre-procedure preparation that "cleans out the intestinal tract", it involves sedating a patient (usually!) and then maneuvering the camera on "bendable stick" through the lower intestinal tract. ...Read more

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Why are colonoscopies so important?

Prevent colon cancer: Colonoscopies are complete colon exams which can detect and remove colon polyps. Colon polyps are common growths which can develop into cancer. Colon cancer will affect 1/19 people, 150, 000 people in the U.S. And kills 50, 000 people annually. ...Read more

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Does insurance cover a colonoscopy?

Does insurance cover a colonoscopy?

Insurance: Most insurances will cover a colonoscopy if the reasons for the colonoscopy are documented. Screening colonoscopies are suppose to be covered according to ACA. ...Read more