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When is it safe to stop getting routine colonoscopies?

When is it safe to stop getting routine colonoscopies?

Unknown : If patient is old enough to prevent cancer and comorbidities risk do not outweigh benefit than continue into the 80 year old range. If you find it ok for an 85 or 90 year old to get colorectal cancer which is preventable than stop at 80. ...Read more

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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 had my first routine colonoscopy at 54 years old, and I have had intense itching of the anus since the colonoscopy. Can you tell me the cause?

I had my first routine colonoscopy at 54 years old, and I have had intense itching of the anus since the colonoscopy.  Can you tell me the cause?

Inflammation: It would help to know how long this has been going on, but I can give you some generalities. The scope itself can cause irritation or very minor injury; the lubricant may be something your skin is sensitive to; you may have some hemorrhoids that the scope caused to "act up." Generally, doctors schedule a follow up to discuss the results. I recommend you bring this up at that time. ...Read more

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I have UC currently in remission. Had routine colonoscopy 9 days ago. Still have not had bm. Can this be within the "normal" time range?

I have UC currently in remission.  Had routine colonoscopy 9 days ago. Still have not had bm.  Can this be within the "normal" time range?

Well considering: the fact that your colon was "empty" at the time of your study ,it's a bit unusual but may reflect the amount of "stool residual" is in your diet. I would not worry but report this to your GI Doc! Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more

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Have had severe rectal pain for 8+ mos., feels like sharp gravel on L side--started the day after a routine colonoscopy!!... Was I injured during C?

Have had severe rectal pain for 8+ mos., feels like sharp gravel on L side--started the day after a routine colonoscopy!!... Was I injured during C?

It's possible.: If your symptoms have gone on for 8 months, you really need to get back to the doctor who did the colonoscopy and be reevaluated for the cause of pain. It simply isn't possible to give any significant information on a forum without further workup and examination. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I had a routine colonoscopy done yesterday all the results said normal mucosa in all areas but it said I have an extrinsic compression at cecum what ?

I had a routine colonoscopy done yesterday all the results said normal mucosa in all areas but it said I have an extrinsic compression at cecum  what ?

Ask your doctor to e: Your doctor should explain it to you. it implies that there may be a growth?tumor in this area which is compressing the cecum. If you have any local symptoms like pain or swelling in the right lower abdomen, you may need a CT scan to look for any extrinsic mass in this area. ...Read more

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Is a periodicly bleeding hemmoroid something that my gastroenterologist can address during a routine colonoscopy?

Is a periodicly bleeding hemmoroid something that my gastroenterologist can address during a routine  colonoscopy?

Only visualize: He can only visualize the hemorrhoids during the colonoscopy however he would decide whether you needed to see a colorectal surgeon if they required surgery or if he could do a banding in office. ...Read more

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When should I go to a doctor with my hemorrhoid , it's been a week and a half , it's very painful. I've had a routine colonoscopy?

When should I go to a doctor with my hemorrhoid , it's been  a week and a half , it's very painful. I've had a routine colonoscopy?

See MD now.: Sounds like you have a thrombosed hemorrhoid which is a clot in a hemorrhoid. These are painful and do not travel anywhere. Initial care is with warm baths or sits baths with warm water and even epsom salts. Anal suppositories may help. If no improvement with this then you should see surgeon who can evacuate(drain) this in the office under local anesthesia. ...Read more

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Big risk of bowel perforation during a routine colonoscopy?

Big risk of bowel perforation during a routine colonoscopy?

Very small: The literature quotes rates of 1 in 3000. I have done over 10, 000 with no perforations. The risk increases with age and previous abdominal surgeries as well as nutritional status. ...Read more

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Is colonoscopy w/o biopsy reliable? Does routine colonoscopy w/o symptoms also check for anal cancer? Finally, can be cancer mistaken for hemroids.THX

Is colonoscopy w/o biopsy reliable? Does routine colonoscopy w/o symptoms also check for anal cancer? Finally, can be cancer mistaken for hemroids.THX

Here are some...: Your Q is well taken. However, even today all what medical professionals can do is to apply current available knowledge, skill, technology, medication, common sense, & wisdom at reasonable time in reasonable way for reasonable patient. More facts: Behind what we know always still hides a lot of what we do not know. Nonetheless, what you have had should be sufficient to assure your current health. ...Read more

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I have had ulcerative colitis for 13 yrs getting routine colonoscopies every 2 years. Last one showed cancer tumor. Full or partial colon removal ?

I have had ulcerative colitis for 13 yrs getting routine colonoscopies every 2 years.   Last one showed cancer tumor.  Full or partial colon removal ?

Probably : Best is total colon removal because leaving diseased colon in place would keep you at risk for more colon cancers in the future, and you would need frequent colonoscopy. Can get off colitis medications with surgery. Best to see a colon rectal surgery specialist, maybe at a university, who has extensive experience in ileo-anal pouch surgery. ...Read more

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I had a routine colonoscopy 1 week ago. Ever since I have had intense pain on my upper left side and also my bowel movements have changed, less frequent & constipated. No fever or any other systems. Ideas?

I had a routine colonoscopy 1 week ago.  Ever since I have had intense pain on my upper left side and also my bowel movements have changed, less frequent & constipated.  No fever or any other systems. Ideas?

Check with your doc: check with your doctor to make sure you do not have a complication from the procedure. your pain could be a spasm specially if you have irritable bowel syndrom, severe pain is not normal. ...Read more

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Can someone please explain the whole routine of a colonoscopy.

Can someone please explain the whole routine of a colonoscopy.

Whole process: The day before will require some diet changes and a boel prep. On the day, a nurse will place an IV and then you will be given a sedative through it. Once sedated, the doctor will insert the scope via the rectum and advance it slowly to the beginning part (called the cecum). He/she will slowly withdraw and look around to see if anything needs to be biopsies or removed. Wake up in recoverafterward. ...Read more

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I need a colonoscopy at 30 years old. How common is colonoscopy in people under 35?

Not very: common unless the patient is at increased risk or is having symptoms related to the colon. ...Read more

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What are common side effects after a colonoscopy?

None: There is no "common" side effect to colonoscopy. The overwhelming majority of colonoscopies have no side effects. The uncommon adverse event is missed polyps or bowel perforation. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy Mon and now have pain in center of chest. Especially when bending over. Is this common?

No, not necessarily: Since you did just have the Procedure and are now experiencing those symptoms, it is best to call the GI Dr. who did the scope and let them know, and either see them or your Primary Care Doc for an evaluation and clinical exam to be sure you get properly diagnosed. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is diarrhea common after a colonoscopy?

Possibly: Before colonscopy you took a prep to clean the colon, so you may be having the residual effects of that. If it persists for more than 1 week call your provider. ...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