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Doctor insights on: How Common Is It For Someone To Need A Capsule Endoscopy

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Dr. Haleh Vaziri
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Capsule Endoscopy (Definition)

Capsule endoscopy uses a small fiberoptic camera inside of a pill to take pictures of the lining of your intestines. It is designed to evaluate the parts of the small bowel that cannot be readily seen with standard endoscopes (upper or lower). Your doctor may want to detect a source of inflammation or bleeding that would not otherwise be seen. Images are sent to a ...Read more


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How common is it for someone to need an endoscopy?

How common is it for someone to need an endoscopy?

Depends: In asia, every patient over the age of 40 routinely undergoes endoscopy due to the high incidence of stomach cancer. In the United States where the stomach cancer is much less common, patients only do endoscopy if they have symptoms like acid reflux, weight loss, gastrointestinal bleeding, food getting caught or a strong family history of stomach cancer.. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a barium swallow?

How common is it for someone to need  a barium swallow?

Not uncommon: It is a common test in children with neurologic issues, prematurity, and palate deficiencies to make sure can ingest materials safely without aspiration. Aspiration can lead to lung disease.. It is certainly used in adults for stroke victims and their rehabilitation. Patients surving trauma to head with significant brain damage need swallows to also assess safe ingestion of liquids and food. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a bladder biopsy?

How common is it for someone to need a bladder biopsy?

Common for ? cancer: Bladder biopsy is necessary in all cases of suspected or proven bladder tumors. Suspected by abnormal appearing area/s or lesions in bladder lining. Necessary to make complete diagnosis when tumor is found by cystoscopy, ultrasound, ct or mri. Pathology of biopsy specimen helps to identify + grade type + severity of malignancy. As well as degree of invasion (stageing). Necessary to plan treatment. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a hysterosalpingography?

How common is it for someone to need a hysterosalpingography?

Very Common: Hysterosalpingography or hsg is still one of the first tests of infertility for all women. This test helps to determine whether the fallopain tubes are open and whether the uterine cavity is normal. Traditionally it is performed using x-rays and a contrast dye. Recently I have been using a new device (femvue) to inject saline with air bubbles and use ultrasound to determine if they are open. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a thyroidectomy?

How common is it for someone to need a thyroidectomy?

Common: In this day & age where people are getting imaging studies more frequently, "incidental" thyroid nodules are found more easily, leading to more biopsy and more surgery. Approx 50, 000 new thyroid cancer cases are expected in 2011 resulting in approx 2000 deaths. The decision to proceed with surgery depends on discussion between you and your treating physicians (surgeon, pcp & endocrinologist). ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a gastric bypass?

How common is it for someone to need a gastric bypass?

Very common: Less then 30% of the american population actually has a normal bmi. Obesity is a major epidemic in this country and is rapidly expanding, especially in the adolescent and preadolescent age groups.Surgery is performed in 1% or less of those individuals who are consider candidates for these procedures. Surgery for obesity, especially over the last ten years has become increasingly more popular. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a myomectomy?

How common is it for someone to need a myomectomy?

Very Common: Many women have fibroids. Some women don't have problems from fibroids, but other women have painful periods, heavy bleeding, pelvic pressure, pain with sex, or infertility. The only way to remove fibroids is surgery and so myomectomy is very common. Myomectomy can be done in different ways so not every surgery is the same. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a splenectomy?

How common is it for someone to need  a splenectomy?

Not too common: Removal of the spleen is generally reserved for conditions such as trauma or accident with spleen rupture. Other conditions could be from disease called itp causing low platelets. There are some rare lymphoma cancers than may need splenectomy. Also rarely is severe spleen enlargement from uncommon blood or bone marrow disorders. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need an ostomy?

How common is it for someone to need an ostomy?

Not uncommon: It isn't terribly uncommon, as used with a variety of bowel illnesses/injuries. It is frequently and interval solution during healing or other treatments until it is possible to rejoin the bowel. On most cases it is temporary, but in certain cases it can be long term or permanent. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a video fluoroscopy?

How common is it for someone to need a video fluoroscopy?

Difficult 2 swallow?: Video fluoroscopy is usually ordered in the setting of having difficulty swallowing or aspiration. Sometimes this happens following a stroke. Usually a speech therapist and radiologist perform the study together with the speech therapist giving liquids and solids of varying consistency. The images are analyzed for normal swallowing mechanism and to exclude aspiration (food/liquid entering airway). ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a tonsilectomy?

How common is it for someone to need a tonsilectomy?

Not common anymore.: Tonsillectomy used to be so common that the family practitioner did it in children in the office, give them ice cream and send them home. Since the 60's, was understood that tonsils are important lymph tissue, that drains uris. Now there needs to be defined indication to do it, such as 3 significant strep infections over 1-2 years. So, an infection disease or ENT expert should be in the decision. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a neck cta?

How common is it for someone to need a neck cta?

CTA of the neck: Cta of the neck is usually done to evaluate arteries in the the neck. Usually the carotid or vertebral arteries. Most common reason is to evaluate narrowing in there arteries. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

How common is it for someone to need a laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

VERY common: App. 750, 000 people/year have this operation in the US, alone! While it certainly is an invasive procedure, it is a relatively painless way to cure people of a very bothersome illness. Perhaps in years-to-come we may discover a non-surgical alternative, but, at this time, this remains the gold-standard for treating gallbladder disease. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need an episiotomy?

How common is it for someone to need  an episiotomy?

Episiotomy: Episiotomy is a procedure done at the time of delivery to facilitate the process. It is done for several reasons and is a judgement call by the delivering physician done at the time of delivery. Here in new jersey, the average rate can be anywhere between 3% - 30%. I would pressume that approximately 10-15% of women will get an episiotomy during a vaginal delivery. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need an endometrial biopsy?

How common is it for someone to need an endometrial biopsy?

Biopsy: Endometrial biopsy is an office procedure to determine a possible cause of a woman's irregular or a heavy period. It is usually done in an office and do not require anesthesia. If your doctor wants to rule out a possible malignant process, a biopsy is usually done. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a tuberculosis skin test?

How common is it for someone to need a tuberculosis skin test?

PrettyCommonForSome: It depends on your profession and your age and your symptoms as well 1 All health care providers are tested frequently foe Tuberculosis with PPD 2For Immigrants coming to USA 3 Children in School 4Teachers 5Those who have been in contact with a TB Patient 6When you suspect TB In a patient It is common test in any doctor's office and clinics ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a helical computed tomography?

How common is it for someone to need a helical computed tomography?

Very Common Test: 'helical computed tomography' -- a cat scan -- is an immensely valuable test for evaluating diseases of every part of the body. Scanners are widely available, both in hospitals and in outpatient centers, and the images obtained provide valuable insight into many diseases. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a radical mastectomy?

How common is it for someone to need a radical mastectomy?

Uncommon: Radical mastectomy involves removing the breast, adjacent nodes, node dissection in the armpit, pectoralis muscle and enveloping membranes. It is disfiguring, painful and rarely needed. On if you have neglected obvious signs of breast cancer would this be considered. Muscle sparing mastectomy is more common as is lumpectomy. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Endoscopy (Definition)

Endoscopy broadly refers to the direct visualization of the intestinal tract by way of a flexible, fiberoptic scope. Generally, the term is used to describe evaluation of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (upper endoscopy), or the ...Read more