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What is a colonoscopy?

What is a colonoscopy?

Look inside colon: You are sedated (very sleepy, but still breathing on your own). The endoscopist places an instrument through your anus and then passes it into the colon to carefully exam the colon for polyps, cancer, etc. If any abnormalities are found a biopsy may be done. Typically, it is painless - the only bother is cleaning out your bowels beforehand and even that's not so bad. ...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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Do colonoscopies hurt?

No: Colonoscopy is usually performed with some form of sedation and if done correctly you should not feel anything or remember anything. ...Read more

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What is a colonoscopy like?

What is a colonoscopy like?

A simple test: After appropriate colon preparation at home, arrive at the endoscopy center, change into a gown & IV is inserted. Once in the procedure room, final consent is obtained, IV sedation is given (there are options here--some patients choose no sedation, others want to be "out cold"), & a thin flexible tube with video camera is inserted per rectum & advanced, taking pictures, biopsies, & therapeutics. ...Read more

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How to prep for a colonoscopy?

Lots of options: There are a lot of different regimens for doing a colonoscopy prep. It depends on your gastroenterologist what they prefer. Ultimate what they want is a clean prep, so you should not have any stool in your colon when they look. You will have a sense of whether your prep is complete when you look in the toilet bowl and you shouldn't see any solid material left. ...Read more

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What results from colonoscopy?

What results from colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy: This is a good screening tool used for the appropriate age group in screening for colon cancer. ...Read more

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Do I really need a colonoscopy?

Do I really need a colonoscopy?

Age: When either 45 or 50 yrs old or of bleeding or other symptoms also pending family history. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy: what can I expect?

Not bad: The most annoying part is the bowel cleanout the day before. You have to drink a fluid that makes you have enough bowel movements until your stool becomes clear. The colonoscopy procedure itself is usually easy. When you go home you will have some abdominal discomfort and bloating. Sometimes you can have a little rectal bleeding as well. ...Read more

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What may appear in a colonoscopy?

Pretty much anything: Colonoscopies are mostly done for screening, looking for polyps which may be pre-cancerous, thus removing them in essence prevents a cancer. Colonoscopies are also done to evaluate for other problems, like diverticulosis, hemorrhoid bleeding, changes in bowels which may be from comparatively benign conditions, but infectious diseases, inflammatory diseases and other colon problems may be found too. ...Read more

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When should I start colonoscopies?

When should I start colonoscopies?

50 unless...: The general guideline is age 50, but there are exceptions to that rule. For example, family history of colon cancer can move up the schedule. ...Read more

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How can you die from a colonoscopy?

How can you die from a colonoscopy?

Unlikely: Dying during a colonoscopy or because of one is a very rare event. The risk of a perforation or hole during a colonoscopy is about 1/1500. The risks of dying would increase if one had a perforation that was not noticed. Also there is a risk of having complications from the sedation. One could stop breathing from over sedation which could lead to death, again, a rare event. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Gastroenterology (Definition)

Gastroenterology is a field of study in which a person specializes in the function and disorders of the entire digestive tract, which begins at the lips and ends at the anus. Included organs are the pancreas, ...Read more