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Who usually performs colonoscopies, gastroenterologists or colon and rectal surgeons?

Who usually performs colonoscopies, gastroenterologists or colon and rectal surgeons?

Both: Both do however if a mass is there the colon and rectal surgeon can take care of it. In addition a colorectal surgeon would be more agressive at removing a polyp whereas a GI may be more apt to recommend surgery. This is based on personal experience. Fyi colonoscopy was pioneered by a general and cardiothoracic surgeon at beth israel in ny. Dr wolff and dr shinya invented polypectomy. ...Read more

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


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Can colorectal surgeons treat hernias?

Can colorectal surgeons treat hernias?

Some can: Ask about their training and experience with hernia repair, as well as their outcomes. Don't be afraid to ask for a second opinion a well. Most surgeons would welcome a second opinion. If the answers are satisfactory, then proceed with the colorectal surgeon. If not, consider a general surgeon with expertise in hernia repair. Hernia repair is often misunderstood and underestimated. ...Read more

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Are proctologists the same as colorectal surgeons?

Colorectal surgeon: Nowadays yes.. The modern day colon and rectal surgeon is boarded in both general surgery and colorectal surgery, but limits his practice to colorectal surgery ...Read more

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Do GI doctors perform anoscopes and rectoscopes during a colonoscopy? Can it be requested or are anoscope/rectoscope exclusive to proctologists?

Do GI doctors perform anoscopes and rectoscopes during a colonoscopy? Can it be requested or are anoscope/rectoscope exclusive to proctologists?

Included: A colonoscope is inserted into the anus, ascends through the rectum, and goes on to check the rest of the bowel. Thus colonoscopy includes examination of the anus and rectum. However, if there is a suspicion of anal pre-cancer (e.g. In HIV positive men) a specialized magnifying instrument is used to assess the anus. ...Read more

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Do colonoscopies screen for colon cancer?

Do colonoscopies screen for colon cancer?

Yes.: That is one of the main reasons for colonoscopy. The gastroenterologist usually can see every part of the colon wall and biopsy suspicious lesions. Often this is curative if found early. While not completely true, consider all polyps to be future cancers and most cancers come from polyps. Screening should begin at age 50 unless there is a history to suggest beginning earlier. ...Read more

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Is a general surgeon qualified to perform gastric bypass surgery?

Is a general surgeon qualified to perform gastric bypass surgery?

Yes, but inquire exp: All bariatric-only surgeons started as general surgeons. Surgeons who do a variety of procedures are sometimes your best technical operators. You do want to ask about experience. Also want to make sure he/she has a good after-surgery program. Finally, look for a compassionate surgeon. ...Read more

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Where can I find a colon surgeon who performs hemorrhoidectomy?

Where can I find a colon surgeon who performs hemorrhoidectomy?

Local medical societ: Many options. Most colorectal surgeons perform hemorrhoidectomy. Check with the american society of colon and rectal surgeons, local medical society, your primary care doctor, or even your insurance company. ...Read more

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Colorectal surgeons (non-stanford) in the menlo park area. Recommendations?

Referrel directory: Check out referrel directory of board certified colon and rectal surgeons at www.colonandrectalsurgery.com ...Read more

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Are proctologists specialized surgeons that only treat hemorrhoids?

Are proctologists specialized surgeons that only treat hemorrhoids?

Not at all!: Most physicians can treat hemorrhoids medically - usually use of supplemental fiber in your diet will cure most symptoms. If this fails, then office techniques can be used. These techniques usually fall under the purview of general surgeons and colorectal surgeons. Some colorectal surgeons who only deal with rectal issues call themselves proctologists. ...Read more

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Do colonoscopies see the duodenum?

No: Colonoscopy gets to the proximal start of the colon. The duodenum is the beginning of the small intestine into which the stomach empties. To see the duodenum, a telescopic tube is inserted through the mouth and past the stomach. ...Read more

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Can hematologists perform surgery?

Can hematologists perform surgery?

No: Hi. Hematologists are trained in internal medicine and then sub-specialize in hematology and oncology. They do minor procedures like bone marrow biopsies and any internal medicine procedures, but surgeries are performed by surgeons, physicians who specifically train in surgery. ...Read more

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Is the second loop laparoscopy for ovarian cancer routinely performed?

Is the second loop laparoscopy for ovarian cancer routinely performed?

Not common: If a cystic lesion of ovary has been noted, its size is carefully managed as to >5cm . A solitary lesion removed laparoscopically and proven benign ends exploration. If malignant then a hysterectomy also indicated. If there is evidence of intraperitoneal spread then formal lap with omentectomy and debulking of peritoneal spread performed followed by chemo. Second look of value with hyperthermia ...Read more

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Difference between colon rectal drs and gateroentlogists?

Difference between colon rectal drs and gateroentlogists?

Gi doctors are : Specialized internal medicine doctors who can diagnose and treat both upper and lower GI pathology. Colon and rectal surgeons are surgeons who limit their diagnosis and treatment, including surgery, to the lower GI tract. Gi doctors do not perform surgery. There is some overlap but there are definite differences as well. ...Read more

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Have you done surgical resection of ascending colon in Crohn's colitis?

Have you done surgical resection of ascending colon in Crohn's colitis?

Not recommended: Whenever there is evidence of dysplasia or cancer in the setting of crohn's colitis, it is probably better to consider a total proctocolectomy as there is high risk of synchronous cancer or recurrence elsewhere in the colon. ...Read more

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Can colon cancer patients get a colon transplant?

Can colon cancer patients get  a colon transplant?

No, not needed: The good news is that you don't absolutely need your colon. For most colon cancers, the amount of colon that needs to be removed will not be missed. ...Read more

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Familiar with the whipple procedure pancreaticoduodenectomy?

Familiar with the whipple procedure pancreaticoduodenectomy?

Pancreas cancer surg: This procedure is most often used to treat cancer in the "head" of the pancreas. It involves removing about half of the pancreas then reattaching the liver (bile ducts) and remaining pancreas to the intestines. There are multiple ways to actually do the surgery in terms of how the various organs are re-attached. ...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


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more