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How is a colonoscopy performed?

How is a colonoscopy performed?

Camera on a snake: A video camera on the end of a flexible stalk, not unlike a snake, is inserted through the rectum while you are asleep. You don't feel a thing, you won't remember it, and the only bed part is the prep. ...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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Is there a surgery for diverticulosis?

Is there a surgery for diverticulosis?

Not specifically: The condition of diverticulosis is a highly common finding of small out-pouches in the wall of the colon, most commonly the sigmoid colon. But diverticulosis can affect the entire colon. Surgery is not performed unless there are complications such as repeated infections of diverticulitis, colon stricturing or narrowing, serious bleeding. ...Read more

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Is gastroscopy a painful procedure?

Is gastroscopy a painful procedure?

EGD: If you are referring to an EGD where the use a scope to look into your esophagus and stomach, then it should be painless since they will sedate you first. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to have surgery for a prolapse bowel?

Is it necessary to have surgery for  a prolapse bowel?

Yes: Usually surgery is necessary for prolapse bowel some can be ignored for years you need to check with your surgeon ...Read more

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Is a biopsy a mandatory procedure before removing fibroids?

Is a biopsy a mandatory procedure before removing fibroids?

No.: I routinely treat patient's fibroids using uterine fibroid embolization (ufe) without a biopsy. I do require an MRI to evaluate the fibroid, the rest of the uterus, and the blood supply to make sure that ufe is going to be safe and effective. ...Read more

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Is bypass surgery a safe option for a pancreatic cancer patient?

Is bypass surgery a safe option for a pancreatic cancer patient?

Hard to know: You may mean cardiac bypass or gastric bypass. The question you should ask is "what are the risks and the benefits of this surgery? What would happen if you didn't do surgery?" it may be that a gastric bypass surgery is necessary in order to relieve symptoms or remove the pancreatic cancer. But ask the doctor to explain until you're satisfied you understand the answer! ...Read more

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Hiatal hernia surgery.. Is it a out-patient surgery? Is it laparoscopic?

Hiatal hernia surgery.. Is it a out-patient surgery?  Is it laparoscopic?

See below: Yes, hiatal hernia surgery is commonly performed laparoscopic. It is generally a few nights stay in the hospital after surgery, depending on your medical conditions and your surgeon's recommendation. ...Read more

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Why is a flexible sigmoidoscopy done instead of a colonoscopy?

Why is a flexible sigmoidoscopy done instead of a colonoscopy?

Screening: A flex-sig is usually done in the office as a preliminary screening procedure. It is also useful as a follow-up if you have had polyps removed in the lower colon. Is is also useful to re-evaluate colitis and you response to treatment. ...Read more

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What is a "laparoscopic surgery"?

What is a "laparoscopic surgery"?

Minimally-invasive: Surgery on the abdomen. With traditional open surgery, a relatively large incision is made, & the surgeon works with his hands inside the abdomen. With laparoscopic surgery, small incisions are made, & a scope & thin instruments are placed thru trocars thru the incisions. The surgeon then operates like playing video games on tv. Patients have less pain & bounce back faster than with open surgery. ...Read more

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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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I have a bowel +bladder fistula, would an operation be need for this , and if surgery, is it keyhole or open surgery?

I have a bowel +bladder fistula, would an operation be need for this , and if surgery, is it keyhole or open surgery?

These fistulas : Are amongst the most difficult to treat and very rarely respond to medical therapy (that is, if you have Crohn's disease). It almost always requires surgery, and the surgical repair can be difficult and is not always successful. I'd recommend seeing an accomplished surgeon with this kind of experience. ...Read more

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Is a catheter needed for gallbladder surgery?

Is a catheter needed for gallbladder surgery?

No: It depends on how big is the stones and if its obstructing the duct. ...Read more

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Is a colonoscopy the only test for colon cancer? Can a fit test replace the colonoscopy? Is it painful to have a colonoscopy awake?

Is a colonoscopy the only test for colon cancer? Can a fit test replace the colonoscopy?  Is it painful to have a colonoscopy awake?

Colonoscopy: Every person (even asymptomatic) after age of 50 should undergo screening colonoscopy. If there is a family history of colon cancer screening should be done earlier. Awake? Why? I won't recommend to do it being awake might not be a pleasant experience. ...Read more

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Is brain cancer surgery a routine operation for neurosurgeons?

Is brain cancer surgery a routine operation for neurosurgeons?

No: Some neurosurgeons are very experienced in the surgery of a brain tumor and some are not. You as the patient need to know this in advance of having that surgeon work on you for treatment of a brain tumor. ...Read more

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Is a C-section a laparotomy operation?

Is a C-section a laparotomy operation?

Yes: A laparotomy is an incision into the abdominal wall to directly access the abdominal cavity. The uterus is in the abdominal cavity, so a csection requires a laparotomy. However, the incision is usually performed in the bikini line; exploratory laparotomy incisions are usually made in the midline. ...Read more

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What is the reason for performing a cholecystostomy during a laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

What is the reason for performing a cholecystostomy during a laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

Imaging: A cholecystostomy is not a routine part of the laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedure. In some cases, this may be done to place a catheter for cholangiogram (visualize bile ducts with contrast). It may also be done to extract a particularly large stone or otherwise assist the surgeon in removal of the gallbladder itself. ...Read more

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Is a ureteroscopy considered surgery?

Is a ureteroscopy considered surgery?

Yes: Although this doesn't require that anyone use a scalpel and cut something, many consider the process surgery. If you consider that it is often done in a surgical suite or procedures room, under local or general anesthesia, with all the drapes and sterile equipment, it fits the same general pattern. ...Read more

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