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How often should I have a colonoscopy if last one done at 51 years was normal?

How often should I have a colonoscopy if last one done at 51 years was normal?

Every 10 years: If there are no risk factors like family disease of colon cancer or polyps on past colonoscopy.If the last colonoscopy was negative and no risk factors,it should be done every 10 years ...Read more

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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How often should I have a colonoscopy and a scan after surgery and chemo is completed?

How often should I have a colonoscopy and a scan after surgery and chemo is completed?

I assume you have : A diagnosis of colon cancer. Generally we recommend the first colonoscopy 1 year after surgery then at the 3 year mark and then every 5 years thereafter. ...Read more

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I have reasonably well controlled left-sided ulcerative colitis (on azathioprine and balsalazide), diagnosed approx 34 years ago aged 30. How often should I have surveillance colonoscopy?

I have reasonably well controlled left-sided ulcerative colitis (on azathioprine and balsalazide), diagnosed approx 34 years ago aged 30. How often should I have surveillance colonoscopy?

Every year...: ...Or maybe 2 (recommendations are slightly different in uk andus). Long term uc ( even left sided) can have increased risk for colon cancer, without going through the usual polyp gone bad over time stages. Colonoscopy with multiple biopsies to check for " dysplasia" are done. If dysplasia (either a precancer change or marker for current nearby ca), need to seriously consider surgery ( various). ...Read more

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I'm 26 and was diagnosed with mild Crohn's disease in 2012. How often should I be having a colonoscopy?

Crohns Disease: The interval for colonoscopies varies for patients diagnose with crohns disease. This should be discussed with your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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How can I have a colonoscopy if i can't clean myself out?

2 day prep: The bowel prep can be done over two days rather than one for individuals with really bad constipation. ...Read more

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I have a colonoscopy, but i ate 3 strawberries, will this affect my test?

Probably not: But why would you do so when I am sure the instructions were to stay on a clear liquid diet? Contact your endoscopist to decide if they want to reschedule the exam with another prep or they will proceed. Do not eat anything else for goodness sakes. ...Read more

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Why do I have to have somebody with me when I have a colonoscopy done? I am having a colonoscopy done this tuesday. And it tells me i need to have somebody with me. What happens if i cannot find anyone to go with me? I do not drive and will be taking a ca

Why do I have to have somebody with me when I have a colonoscopy done? I am having a colonoscopy done this tuesday. And it tells me i need to have somebody with me. What happens if i cannot find anyone to go with me? I do not drive and will be taking a ca

The : The reason for having someone with you is that you will be getting sedation for your procedure and it would not be safe for you to drive afterwards. Most facilities also ask that you not take a cab or bus after sedation, though it can be argued that this might be overly cautious. You should contact the facility you're going to, explain that you plan to take a cab, and ask if that would be okay. They may ask you to sign a waiver of liability, but will probably be willing to go forward. ...Read more

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Can I have a colonoscopy if I have a cold?

Yes - usually: Unless severe symptoms. But you may wish to deferĀ as drinking the prep when you already feel unwell might be extra hard... ...Read more