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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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Every time i carry a heavy purse for a ling period of time a get vertigo who should i go to get checked? I think i have a positional vertigo help pls.

Every time i carry a heavy purse for a ling period of time a get vertigo who should i go to get checked? I think i have a positional vertigo help pls.

Vascular: Dizziness in a young female from one-sided purse shoulder strap might have vascular dysfunction of Subclavian Steal Syndrome or Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. A vascular surgeon can order ultrasound arterial evaluations and other studies to discern. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a cold, advice for getting through work tomorrow?

What to do if I have a cold, advice for getting through work tomorrow?

If you have a cold: you might not want to go to work as you may infect the people around you. Cold Tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * For congestionsaline nose drops or a neti pot. *For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**For hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * Add honey & a small amt. of lemon juice to Chamomile > ...Read more

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Going on a trip where I will get dirty and have no showers for a week. How do i to prevent staph infection from reoccurring which I had before?

Going on a trip where I will get dirty and have no showers for a week. How do i to prevent staph infection from reoccurring which I had before?

Dirty: I would advise you not to go on a trip where you think you will get staph infection. I know that you would miss this but your health and well-being is much more important. Think of somewhere else to go and enjoy the activity. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i had a cut from a kitchen knife will i need a tetanus shot?

What do you suggest if i had a cut from a kitchen knife will i need a tetanus shot?

A cut is a cut: Tetanus is possible when a cut on the skin is contaminated by tetanus spores that are all around us but predominantly in soils. It doesn't matter what made the cut if the exposure comes after the skin is open. The rusty nail is the classic source because it is on the ground to begin with when people step on it.If you've had a booster within 10 yrs you don't need one. ...Read more

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I am 3-5 weeks into pregnancy. I am a tourist and don't have insurance or enough money to see a doctor. I can get medication. What do you recommend?

I am 3-5 weeks into pregnancy. I am a tourist and don't have insurance or enough money to see a doctor. I can get medication. What do you recommend?

Prenatal vitamins: If you are doing well, then you can probably wait till you return home to see a Dr. You should probably start prenatal vitamins however. That is available without a prescription at any drugstore/pharmacy. If there is a problem with your pregnancy and need to see a doctor without insurance, there are "urgent care" clinics that are less expensive than ERs that may be able to see you. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have a cold, and I have a very important meeting tomorrow! any home remedies?

What do you recommend if I have a cold, and I have a very important meeting tomorrow! any home remedies?

Cold tips: Cold Tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * For congestionsaline nose drops or a neti pot. *For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**For hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * Add honey & a small amt. of lemon juice to Chamomile tea. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could get ready for a marathon in 9 months?

Can you tell me if i could get ready for a marathon in 9 months?

Sure: If you are healthy without any systemic diseases, then it is very doable. There are many 16 - 20 week training programs out there. Check Runner's World site for good info. You must first develop a good solid base before starting any of these programs in order to be successful. Be Patient. Expect interferences in training plans --life goes on. Allow 20 wks for a 16 wk plan. Good Luck. ...Read more

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I think I have hemmerhoids, and I'm seeing a doctor hopefully tomorrow, but I need to go to the bathroom, but I know there will be a lot of blood. ?

I think I have hemmerhoids,  and I'm seeing a doctor hopefully tomorrow,  but I need to go to the bathroom,  but I know there will be a lot of blood. ?

Try adding prune: juice or metamucil to make your stool looser. Hemorrhoids can bleed but it is usually caused by the straining when you go number two. WIth looser stool there is less straining so less risk of bleeding. See doctor but u need to be able to go to the bathroom ...Read more

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What to do if I have vertigo and plan to go out pn a day/ or night cruise. appx a 6-8 hour sail. what precautions do I need to take?

What to do if I have vertigo and plan to go out pn a day/ or night cruise. appx a 6-8 hour sail. what precautions do I need to take?

Some approaches: Either OTC meclizine or dramamine (dimenhydrinate) might help, but both cause drowsiness. A scopolamine patch has been helpful in some. There are bracelet-like devices with buttons that press on wrists, which many swear to. Hope some of this helps. ...Read more

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I have an under arm lump. Do i need an antibiotic or is there a home remedy? I recently took a long road trip. I was unable to shower for 2 days. Also I have had shingles as a young man. I am 24. I also on this trip picked up a cold so i tried a variety o

I have an under arm lump. Do i need an antibiotic or is there a home remedy? I recently took a long road trip. I was unable to shower for 2 days. Also I have had shingles as a young man. I am 24. I also on this trip picked up a cold so i tried a variety o

A : A new lump in that area could be due to many things. It can be an inflamed cyst, ingrown hair or boil, or inflamed lymph node. If the lump is not enlarging, non-tender and you do not have fever and other symptoms you can monitor it at home. You can try warm towel compresses for 15 minutes several times a day. If it enlarges, becomes painful, or you become feverish, you should see a physician. If the lump does not resolve in a week, you should visit physician for evaluation and treatment. Take care, . ...Read more

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Do you think getting a massage one or two times a month is a good thing. I really go just for the relaxation. I don't have them do deep tissue. ?

Do you think getting a massage one or two times a month is a good thing.  I really go just for the relaxation.  I don't have them do deep tissue.  
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Enjoy!: Nothing wrong at all. Wish more people would do this. There's a lot of stressed out, cranked up peeps in this world of ours. It's good for you. ...Read more

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Do I have to get some blood tests before getting a keratectomy?

Do I have to get some blood tests before getting a keratectomy?

Keratectomy: Depends on your health, or if you have medical conditions like bleeding disorders. Typically blood test are not ordered. However, if your ophthalmologist is asking for test, i suggest you do them. There is something called "clinical acumen" "clinical skills" that come with experience. These are non-written rules aka the "art of medicine.". ...Read more

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If i got a vasectomy would stress of possibly having kids go away. I don't want kids?

If i got a vasectomy would stress of possibly having kids go away. I don't want kids?

Too young to decide: I would recommend that you get into therapy to find out why you are so afraid of having children. There could be many dynamics behind this. I can think of multiple reasons. Don't change this option at your age. Wait until you have discussed it thoroughly in therapy and feel you have discussed this with. The woman you plan on settling down with. ...Read more

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Can i get a tattoo if am going to take a hormonal blood test in 2 weeks?

Can i get a tattoo if  am going to take a hormonal blood test in 2 weeks?

Sure: You're only 23, you've recently lost your unborn child, and this may not be the time to get a tattoo. I'm a fan and have two of my own -- but wait at least a few years between the time you conceive the design and the time that you're certain and get it done. Focus now on healing, embracing your life and your hopes, and if you do decide to get the tattoo, your blood test will still work out. ...Read more

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Why do you have to wait a year before getting a tattoo over a scar?

Why do you have to wait a year before getting a tattoo over a scar?

Scar Changes: The scar stil undergoes significant changes in the first year to include changes in size, laxity, and coloration. Most artists prefer to know that the scar is less likely to change before performing tattoo work. ...Read more

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When should a male get a colonoscopy?

When should a male get a colonoscopy?

50 years old, unless: Regardless of gender, people without high risk factors are advised to begin screening colonoscopy at age 50, repeating at 10 year intervals if nothing is found. Those with high risk factors such as first degree family history of colorectal cancer or polyps should begin at age 40. ...Read more

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Can it hurt when you get a colonoscopy?

Can it hurt when you get a colonoscopy?

Not usually!: Most physicians/surgeons perform a colonoscopic exam under sedation, either with Propofol or versed/fentanyl, and you are sedated to the point of not feeling pain, or at least forgetting about it! get your scope done asap, it's really simple, and is the single best screening test for colon cancer... ...Read more

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Should someone get a fobt or colonoscopy?

Should someone get a fobt or colonoscopy?

No: None of the screening tests for serum tumor markers or fecal occult blood are that accurate. At least with colonoscopy every few years there is direct visualization of the bowel to define the absence or presence of a tumor or polypoid lesion. A new diagnostic fecal tumor protein test is being developed that will define the amt. of tumor protein or not present and if neg. the bowel is neg. ...Read more

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What is the average wait time to get a colonoscopy?

Depends: On your doctor. Gastroenterologists are usually booked for several weeks to months. Colorectal surgeons can often get you in sooner. Call around after getting names from your primary care doctor or friends who have had one. ...Read more

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I have to get a colonoscopy. What does that involve?

Bowel Prep: The bowel prep is usually the most uncomfortable part of the procedure. You will drink a fluid (a lot of it) that will try to clear out your intestines. The day of the procedure you will be put to sleep with sedatives or propofol. You will basically sleep through the whole procedure. ...Read more

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When after a colonoscopy can you get up and do things?

Yes and no: However the first 24 hours after a colonoscopy IF sedation is used, one shouldn't make medical or legal decisions, drive or operate machinery, or use alcohol. ...Read more

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I am about to get a colonoscopy in 2.5 hours what can I expect?

I am about to get a colonoscopy in 2.5 hours what can I expect?

Relax: You should be sedated, so enjoy a great nap. Ypu may feel gassy after the procedure. Enjoy your post procedure meal! ...Read more

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Where do I need to go and what do I have to do to get a colonoscopy ?

Gastroenterologist: Gastroenterologists do colonoscopies as do some surgeons. Check yellow pages, local medical society or american college of gastroenterology, american gastroenterological association or american society of gastrointestinal endoscopists for someone qualified in your area. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy? What is the most un-invasive method to get a colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy? What is the most un-invasive method to get a colonoscopy?

A : A colonoscopy is always invasive. It is a scope with a light and camera on it that goes into the rectum and all around the colon looking for abnormalities. If they are found then most of the time it can be used to remove or biopsy the abnormality. Other tests that look at the colon that are not as invasive are xray studies including a barium enema or ct colonography. These tests can see lesions but cannot do anything about them and colonoscopy is then needed to remove the lesions. ...Read more

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What to do if I have to get a colonoscopy is there any bargins out there?

What to do if I have to get a colonoscopy is there any bargins out there?

MAYBE: I assume you are planning to pay cash for the procedure. Look up your local gastroenterologist and call a few. Tell them you are planning to pay cash and see who gives you the best bargain. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy tomorrow. Saw dr oz and other celebs get theirs but still scared?

Nothing to be scared: About. Should take 20-30 minutes, shouldn't feel or remember anything and if normal will give you tremendous comfort and security. If positive, best to find problems early when there are good solutions and good outcomes. ...Read more

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Do I have to wait several years to have a repeat colonoscopy, or can I get one sooner if i'm worried?

Go by guidelines: A completely normal colonoscopy result means you should wait 10 years for a repeat. If you are a high-risk patient or if you had polyps detected than you can repeat in1-3 years. ...Read more

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I'm 28 and live in wichita ks I have no insurance where can I get a colonoscopy. I need to get a colonoscopy somewhere insurance isn't a big issue.

I'm 28 and live in wichita ks I have no insurance where can I get a colonoscopy.  I need to get  a colonoscopy somewhere insurance isn't a big issue.

If an emergency...: Then seek help right away thru your local er. Otherwise, most health centers ; physicians happily donate considerable time to providing charity care either through clinics or individual practioner offices. Also, if you qualify military hospitals or the veterans administration may be able to help. You're going to have to do a little homework for your locale. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to get a colonoscopy?

No: Risk of perforation and bleeding exist, but is quite low and rare. ...Read more

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Why would my gasteroenterologist want me to get a colonoscopy every year?

Ask him/her!: Unless you have inflammatory bowel disease like ulcerative colitis(where there is a risk of developing colon cancer) there is no other condition which requires annual colonoscopy. For screening for colon cancer in healthy people we recommend it to be done every 5 years to every 10 years. So ask your gastroenterologist why he/she is doing it so frequently? ...Read more

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Can you get a UTI from colonoscopy?

Should not: The scope is inserted into your rectum in a colonoscopy and should not in any way cause a uti. If you were catheterized for any reason during the procedure, than that could be risk factor for getting a uti. ...Read more

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How uncomfortable is it to get a colonoscopy?

Depends...: Techniques of sedation vary widely, and "difficulty" of colonoscopy do too, depending on anatomy differences, previous surgeries, scar tissue and examiner technique. Discuss your concerns with whomever you choose to do it, and they should be able to allay your anxiety. Most peolpe do just fine with light sedation, but a few may need more anesthesia, often requiring an anesthesia provider. ...Read more

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