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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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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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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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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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Is it normal to get bloated after a colonoscopy?

Yes: Yes, usually air is insufflated during the colonoscopy in order to open up your colon. Air takes sometime to come back out, a few hours usually. ...Read more

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Can i request to not get biopsy in a colonoscopy?

Can i request to not get biopsy in a colonoscopy?

Yes: You have probably been deceived about the benefits & risks. The purpose of a biopsy is to determine whether you have, or are on the way to getting, cancer of the cervix, which used to kill 30000 women each year in the usa alone. Talk straight with your physician -- unlike someone running a scare-you internet site, he/she has an obligation under the law to tell the truth. ...Read more

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Can you eat applesauce before you get a colonoscopy ?

Yes: Ingest semisolids up to 12 hrs before colonoscopy. Then use GoLytly and take a Fleets emema the night before surgery. Problems are encountered when one consumes salads 24hrs before which are not digested well and then wind up in the colon plugging the colonoscope. ...Read more

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