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Doctor insights on: Getting Colonoscopy Sooner Than Recommended

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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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Would you know you had skin cancer after more than 4 years between derm exams? Tired of paying high fees.

Would you know you had skin cancer after more than 4 years between derm exams? Tired of paying high fees.

Pay to detect early: Skin cancers can take on many forms depending on the type of cancer....Pigmented vs. Skin colored, ulcerating vs smooth, pearly vs scaling, w/ or w/o prominent blood vessels. Your dermatologist's job is to catch a skin cancer early. For melanoma, early treatment=chance of cure. Once melanoma spreads, survival drops way off. Mention your financial concerns to your md, but keep the appts. ...Read more

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Could getting dental caps be a better choice for me rather than veneers?

Could getting dental caps be a better choice for me rather than veneers?

Possibly: Conserving as much tooth structure is critical, but in some cases, a veneer is not the restoration of choice based upon your occlusion (bite, ) tooth structure remaining, esthetics, and other factors. I would get more than one opinion to help you with your decision. ...Read more

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I've had a change in bowel habits lasting more than 2 weeks. Should I cease taking Metamucil?

I've had a change in bowel habits lasting more than 2 weeks.  Should I cease taking Metamucil?

More information: What symptoms are you having? How long have you been taking metamucil? More information is needed. ...Read more

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Is getting an implant better than getting a bridge? Are both safe during pregnancy?

Is getting an implant better than getting a bridge?  Are both safe during pregnancy?

Absolutely better: Especially at 33 years old. Life expectancy of an average bridge is about 15 years--you'll need 2 or three more in your lifetime--if the teeth don't decay underneath and require extraction. Never involve "bystanders" if possible. Re: pregnancy--ok for both after 3rd month. But, tougher in 3rd trimester for position. Avoid sedation if preg. Can have local anesthetic--usually all that's needed. ...Read more

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For what reason are people at a higher risk for pandemics today than 100 years ago?

For what reason are people at a higher risk for pandemics today than 100 years ago?

Pluses and minuses: Smallpox has been eradicated. We have vaccines for yellow fever, Influenza & polio. But we also have the ability to rapidly spread infectious diseases because of rapid travel modes. Consider the Ebola epidemic- early outbreaks were contained in rural communities situated near jungles - it has now spread to a number of West African countries and outside of the continent of Africa. ...Read more

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Is back surgery safer today than before?

Generally very safe: Spine surgery has come a long way in the last 20 years. Most spine problems, fortunately do not require surgery so by all means try conservative, non-surgical options first. ...Read more

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Do you recommend the use of antidepressants if less than 18 years old?

Do you recommend the use of antidepressants if less than 18 years old?

Depends: Patients who are depressed or horribly anxious or have severe pain syndromes often respond well to antidepressants regardless of their age. We do use them frequently in children less than 18 years of age. ...Read more

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What do you think of elective c-section? Is it a lot more risky than waiting for regular delivery

What do you think of elective c-section?  Is it a lot more risky than waiting for regular delivery

Could be: Elective c-section adds the risks of surgery, anesthesia, blood transfusion, & wound healing to what may be an uncomplicated vaginal delivery. Recovery is also harder for moms & i know it's unfair to women who have long painful labors & then end up with a c-section anyway. Review your concerns with your ob, if you had previous complications with vag delivery, many obs are willing to discuss it. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take the second gardasil shot later than recommended?

Is it safe to take the second gardasil shot later than recommended?

Yes: The normal schedule is to get the first dose and then the 2nd 2 months later followed by the 3rd dose 4 months after that. Many patients miss a dose. If you miss a dose you just start where you left off. You do not need to start over. As long as you did not catch hpv during the time lapse the vaccine will still be equally as effective. ...Read more

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Curious as to why are people at a higher risk for pandemics today than 100 years ago?

Mobility: People today are able to be across the world in a 15 hour flight, thus significantly more people can be exposed to a communicable illness. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get COPD at such an early age after smoking for a little less than a year?

Is it possible to get COPD at such an early age after smoking for a little less than a year?

Unlikely: Unless you have very sensitive lungs, it is unlikely that you would develop COPD after one year of smoking. But: that doesn't mean it's ok to keep smoking! the sooner you quit, the better it is for your health. Quit now, please. ...Read more

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Will a pneumonia shot be needed more than every 10 yr if 92 ?

Will a pneumonia shot be needed more than every 10 yr if 92 ?

No: If one dose of pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine was given at age 65 (which is the standard recommendation), then no additional doses are necessary thereafter, unless if there is an underlying immune deficiency that increases their risk of having frequent infections. There is no proven benefit of repeat doses of pneumococcal vaccine after the single dose at age 65. Talk to your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Could a person get allergy testing done more than once in their lifetime?

Could a person get allergy testing done more than once in their lifetime?

Depends: If symptoms continue, something exists to set them off. If you live in the same place with very little change in life style, you should check in with your pcp or allergy specialist. Any large change in life style may bring on a whole new set of triggers and may deserve a new panel of testing. Best understood by seeing allergy specialist. ...Read more

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Does it harm for an 11 years old child to get tdap twice in less than 3 months?

Does it harm for an 11 years old child to get tdap twice in less than 3 months?

No: Actually the evidence is that other than soreness at the site there is no harm in this error. This is true, basically of all vaccinations. ...Read more

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If you have blood poisoning will you surely die after getting worse for 4 days?

If you have blood poisoning will you surely die after getting worse for 4 days?

No: Septic shock usually resolves in 24-48 hours, but may persist for a longer period if the infection is not under control, an abcess is lurking, or the heart and lungs were injured in the initial collapse. Talk to your ICU doctor and see what they are doing to turn around the septic shock, or if the illness is simply a recovery from severe injury (lung, heart, kidney, liver, etc). ...Read more