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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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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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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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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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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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