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Does A Colonoscope Exam Hurt
Sedation: Colonoscopy is performed by placing a long, flexible tube along the entire colon and rectum via the anus. While people dread this, it is painless when done under sedation. The worst part is the day before when the "prep" is taken to purge the system. Although unpleasant, this will find polyps before they turn into cancers, thus saving one from major surgery. If you're 50, "get 'er done". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Many polyps that present during this test are not cancerous, but if left in the colon, can develop into cancer. Tubular and villous adenomas can develop into cancer. Patients with familial polyposis syndromes can have many polyps throughout their colon, which makes malignancy almost certain. Sometimes the entire colon is removed to prevent it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The vast majority : The vast majority , esp the larger ones will be found , however it has been shown in studies that up to 40% of patients who undergo colonoscopy will have polyps that were missed , either because they were small or behind a fold.That is why we recommend that patients in whom polyps are found should undergo repeat colonoscopy 3-5 years later. ...Read more
Disinfection: All institutions that do these procedures have strict protocols for cleaning and disinfecting the instruments between patients. ...Read more
If the colonoscope detects abnormal growth in my rectum, does that mean I have colon-rectal cancer?
Hopefully not: It is important to try and be relaxed as the more stressed you are, the more your vaginal muscles can tighten and make the exam difficult. Realize, the exam is a natural procedure that is done for the assurance of your good health. If you have a good, kind, gentle, and compassionate Dr., they will know it is your first exam. A small speculum can be used with lubrication to do the exam without pain ...Read more
I'm scared about getting a rectal exam. Can you tell me exactly what it involves and how much it hurts?
Rectal exam: It usually means a finger placed in the anus. It is usually part of a gyn exam. It is uncomfortable , but usually not more. I take it that is what you are asking. If there is an intestinal problem no vaginal exam may be involved. ...Read more
Not likely: Not likely to be painful. Probably uncomfortable but not painful. ...Read more
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