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Could A Colonoscopy Make My Hernia Worse
Colonoscopy: Perhaps. The process of doing a colonoscopy involves pumping some air into the colon while the scope is advanced. If the is large abdominal wall hernia, especially if a portion of the colon had slipped into it, the hernia would likely become more symptomatic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more
Possibly: This would be an unusual practice but it is possible. The main problem would be scheduling to different physicians schedules. As well, this would likely add cost, as the cost of operating room time is significantly more than the cost of outpatient GI procedure room time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: The colonoscopy only can see the inside of your colon. Think of it as being able to look inside of a hose. It is not able to look inside your abdomen. Think of a hose that is in a container. By looking inside the hose, you do not see what the outside of the hose looks like as it sits inside the container. ...Read more
Probably not: The colon is actually not attached to the front abdominal wall and hernia is a result of a defect in the wall through which part of your colon/small intestine can get squeezed in resulting in the bulge--the hernia. Colon prep cleans out your colon and colonoscopy is just a scope being threaded into the colon to take a look. This should not make the hernia worse. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My dad has umbical hernia... And have been asked to have an endoscopy and a colonoscopy.What would this determine?
Unrelated: A colonoscopy is generally recommended for screening for colorectal cancer, starting at age 50. Upper endoscopy is usually reserved for those with symptoms related to the upper GI tract such as reflux, abdominal pain, etc. Neither of these tests are required before repairing an umbilical hernia as a routine. Ask your surgeon to find out more. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Can a colonoscopy be safely carried out on me even though I have a ventral hernia or should the hernia be repaired prior to having the colonoscopy?
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