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Do I need to take special precautions in the future if my doctor pierced my colon by mistake during an operation?

Do I need to take special precautions in the future if my doctor pierced my colon by mistake during an operation?

Usually not: If the damaged area were repaired or removed then there should not be a problem. However, if the perforation were due to a condition of the colon (colitis, diverticulosis), or medications that weaken the tissue (steroids), then you need to advise the surgeon of these problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a fissure on your colon and is it treatable?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a fissure on your colon and is it treatable?

Anal fissure: Anal fissures are essentially cracks in the lining of the anal canal that develop due to trauma, most commonly passage of dry hard stool. It is definitely treatable. Many topical medications have been tried with varying success rates. A short surgical procedure called tailored lateral internal sphincerotomy has the best success rates. ...Read more

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My friend potentially has cancer. Her doc found pollops in her colon. What should be our next steps? Thanks.

My friend potentially has cancer. Her doc found pollops in her colon. What should be our next steps? Thanks.

Depends: There are different types of polyps and a colonoscopy that reveals them will usually be accompanied by biopsy. If the biopsy is positive for malignancy, the doctor with then likely do follow up abdominal scans to evaluate for spread or just do follow up colonoscopy to recheck. Routine colon evaluation are recommended for adults over 50yo or earlier if there is a personal or family h/o cancer. ...Read more

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How do doctors check for colon cancer?

How do doctors check for colon cancer?

Colonoscopy: We can check for blood in the stool and that will catch about 50% of the colon cancers. Current recommendations also include colonoscopy starting at age 50 which will catch most of the cancers and is our most powerful tool in preventing colon cancer. Polyps that will go on to form cancer are found during the colonoscopy. This should be done every 10 years. People at high risk would have more frequ. ...Read more

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What do you think about colon hydrotherapy as a doctor?

Colon hydrotherapy: I do not get excited about any therapy that is unproven and claims to cure multiple maladies. With this particular organ in the body, i much rather have things move out rather than being put in. I really do not find patients asking for this therapy very much. ...Read more

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What to do if i might have colon cancer im afraid/embarrassed to tell my doc?

What to do if i might have colon cancer im afraid/embarrassed to tell my doc?

Don't be: You should not be afraid or embarrased to tell your doctor anything, especially if it is something that concerns you. If your relationship with you doctor is awkward, i would get a new primary care physician until you find one that you are comfortable with. ...Read more

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Why would a doctor want to do a colon resection on a 46 year old man with no history of colon problems?

Why would a doctor want to do a colon resection on a 46 year old man with no history of  colon problems?

Red flag: Surgery is done for a significant benefit to the patient. A risk/benefit analysis is part of the consenting process before any surgery. So if it is not very clear why the surgery is being recommended, then get more information; check out a second opinion, take family/friend with you to discuss the procedure before consenting. Be well. ...Read more

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Might it be possible that a a doctor tell if you have colon might it be possible that acer by taking blood?

Usually not: In advanced cases, tumor markers can become elevated, but even then it can also be normal. Sometimes, when colon cancer bleeds heavily enough, doctors can see anemia from blood tests, investigation of which includes evaluation for bleeding from GI tract, which sometimes can be caused by colon cancer. ...Read more

Colonic (Definition)

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