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Are there less invasive and less expensive options for preventative screening colonoscopies?

Are there less invasive and less expensive options for preventative screening colonoscopies?

Yes: Double contrast barium enema xray or ct colonography however if some thing is found on either of the above, you will still need a colonoscopy. If either are negative, there is no guarantee that something wasn't missed due to the prep or performance of those studies. Colonoscopy is the gold standard. ...Read more

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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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Is non cancerous pancreatic surgery less risky than if it were cancerous?

Is non cancerous pancreatic surgery less risky than if it were cancerous?

Probably!: The difference is that there won't be the unknown of cancer to deal with. Cancer can be more widespread than anticipated, and can change surgical decisions, making the surgery longer and more complex. Cancer can also create inflammation in the area, making the tissue "sticky" and harder to remove. However, other non-cancer problems like chronic pancreatitis can make surgery challenging as well. ...Read more

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Is a virtual colonoscopy more comfortable than a regular colonoscopy?

Same: Especially given Versed/fentynl sedation with regular colonoscopy But with virtual you can't biopsy polyps like you can with regular colonoscopu ...Read more

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I feel colonoscopy is invasive. Are there less embarrassing ways to look for colonic polyps?

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I feel colonoscopy is invasive.  Are there less embarrassing ways to look for colonic polyps?

Possibly: For a full evaluation of your colon, a virtual colonoscopy or ct colonography may be an option. This is a specialized examination using the ct scanner performed by certain centers. Ask your doctor if this option is available in your area. ...Read more

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Who is minimally invasive heart surgery performed on?

Who is minimally invasive heart surgery performed on?

Depends : Test would be done to determine if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive heart surgery. Some deciding factors may include medical history, age, type of heart disease and lifestyle. Generally, someone who has had heart surgery prior would not be a candidate. Some surgeries include ASD and PFO repairs, removal of tumors, valve, bypass and a-fib surgeries. ...Read more

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Is there a less invasive procedure (imaging,i.e.) than angiogram to diagnose heart blood vessel blockage?

Is there a less invasive procedure (imaging,i.e.) than angiogram to diagnose heart blood vessel blockage?

It depends: The answer is more complicated than you can imagine. It depends on the definition of "blockage", the presence or absence of symptoms and the reason for the test. A nuclear medicine stress test is the first test done if a physician suspects a patients symptoms are due to coronary disease but isn't 100% sure. It will usually give the answer. If the results are equivocal a CT angiogram will be done. ...Read more

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Is tumescent liposuction less invasive than traditional liposuction? Is tumescent liposuction less invasive and easier on the body than traditional liposuction? If so, how do they differ? .

Is tumescent liposuction less invasive than traditional liposuction? Is tumescent liposuction less invasive and easier on the body than traditional liposuction? If so, how do they differ?

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Yes: Tumescence means injecting a particular fluid to a certain quantity prior to removing the fat. Traditionally, less fluid was injected and there was more blood loss within the removed fat. Nowadays, most liposuction techniques ( regular, ultrasonic, power assisted etc) almost always use tumescence to minimize blood loss. ...Read more

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When is open heart surgery needed vs less invasive options?

When is open heart surgery needed vs less invasive options?

Age and severity: Coronary artery disease is now often treated with stents placed during a cardiac cath, instead of open heart surgery. What is unclear is whether stents last as long as bypass, or if they are as good for multiple vessle disease. Younger patients, mand patients with more severe multiple vessel disease may do better with an open heart bypass. ...Read more

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Is invasive squamous cell carcinoma skin cancer more likely to spread than non-invasive?

Surgical excision: That is a pathological description of an excised lesion. There are two major ethos of treating a squamous cell cancers. The first is radiation, but this can leave permanent skin discoloration, and breakdown. Surgical excision with frozen echoing will help rule out. ...Read more

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Is coronary CT angiogram more reliable than invasive coronary angiogram?

Is coronary CT angiogram more reliable than invasive coronary angiogram?

No : Each of these tests has its advantages and disadvantages. But coronary angiogram (cardiac cath) is still the most reliable way to look at coronary arteries. ...Read more

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Are 3d ultrasounds more expensive than standard ultrasounds? Is it more expensive to have a 3d ultrasound performed than a standard ultrasound? .

Are 3d ultrasounds more expensive than standard ultrasounds? Is it more expensive to have a 3d ultrasound performed than a standard ultrasound?

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3D: 3d ultrasounds should be covered by your insurance. If not some offices may charge extra for it. It is sometimes necessary to have 3d to better evaluate the lining of you uterus or location of a pregnancy or a finroid. ...Read more

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Are 3d ultrasounds more expensive than standard ultrasounds? Is it more expensive to have a 3d ultrasound performed than a standard ultrasound? .

Depends: Different places charge different amts for things. 3-d ultrasounds are generally more of a gimmick for parents to see their babies. They rarely provide significant diagnostic information over a quality 2-d scan. ...Read more

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What procedures are less damaging than breast reduction surgery?

What procedures are less damaging than breast reduction surgery?

Ask your doctor: You must be examined by your plastic surgeon before discussing the options available to you. ...Read more

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Is endoscopic brain surgery safer than open brain surgery?

Is endoscopic brain surgery safer than open brain surgery?

Sometimes: Endoscopic brain surgery has both risks and benefits. In the correct hands, this type of surgery can make the previously unthinkable possible but like anything, if this type of surgery is not applied properly, it can have significant (even deadly) risks. In short, open brain surgery can be just as safe as endoscopic surgery but it depends on the comfort level of your surgeon. ...Read more

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My mom had invasive lobular breast cancer. Is that more hereditary than invasive ductal?

My mom had invasive lobular breast cancer. Is that more hereditary than invasive ductal?

Probably no, but...: Most of the statistics I have seen show similar rates of lobular cancer in carriers of BRCA 1/2 mutations (which is the most common recognizable inherited breast cancer trait) compared to non-carriers. Exception: carriers of CDH1 mutations (hereditary diffuse gastric cancer syndrome) have high risk for aggressive stomach cancer and lobular breast cancer. ...Read more

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Will a partial hysterectomy done robotically be less painful than wirh abdominal incision?

Will a partial hysterectomy done robotically be less painful than wirh abdominal incision?

Yes: The benefit of laparoscopic surgery is a quicker and easier recovery with less pain. The da vinci robot allows even complicated surgeries to be completed laparoscopically avoiding the additional trauma and inherent pain of an open abdominal incision. ...Read more

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Is prostrate surgery more helpful than chemo?

Is prostrate surgery more helpful than chemo?

Yes: Early prostate cancer is best treated with surgery or radiation. For prostate cancer that has spread hormonal manipulations are next. Chemotherapy is down the line. ...Read more

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How risky is minimally invasive spine surgery?

How risky is minimally invasive spine surgery?

Depends: It depends on exactly what is being done, your surgeon's experience and training, your size and medical condition, the type of condition being treated. All surgery has risks. Mis can reduce some risks, but may increase other. Have a frank discussion with the surgeon recommending the procedure. ...Read more

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