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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. Daniel Saurborn
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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?

Tell your doc: There's nothing to be embarrassed about. Your doctor isn't there to judge you, but to help you. You should say what worries you and explain what you are thinking. Your doctor will listen and then develop a plan with you on how to proceed. Doctors see and hear all sorts of things, and none of it is embarrassing. ...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

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Why could my doc not easily remove a 1/2 inch sessile polyp on the sigmoid colon? What type of doc can do it?

Sessile = flat: Sessile polyps are flat, which makes it very difficult (but not impossible) to remove. However, they can usually be biopsied to determine if (pre)cancerous or not. This is where the gastroenterologist comes in handy. Realistically, it comes down to experience as newly minted docs may not have skills of seasoned ones. But in general, gastroenterologist is specialist to go to for colonoscopy. ...Read more

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The doc has decided to give me propofol during my colon test. How do they no how much to give what if i stop breathing?

The doc has decided to give me propofol during my colon test. How do they no how much to give what if i stop breathing?

Monitoring: Some form of IV sedation is usually given for endoscopic procedures. Propofol is used by some physicians. Assuming you are having the procedure in an endoscopy center or hospital, you will be monitored closely with heart tracing, pulse oximetry, and direct observation by the nurse and physician. They are trained to respond to emergencies and have appropriate resuscitation equipment available. ...Read more

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I had a traumatic injury a few years back where a piece of metal pierced my colon. Since then I cannot produce sperm. What can I do?

I had a traumatic injury a few years back where a piece of metal pierced my colon. Since then I cannot produce sperm. What can I do?

Urologist: You need evaluation by urologist or fertility specialist. If you do not produce anything with ejaculation (no semen), then your injury may have injured nerves controlling ejaculation. There are different techniques and procedures that may be performed to extract sperm. ...Read more

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Why are most doctors so quick to write off colon cancer probability in a 21 year old? Most doctors wont test me for colon cancer why?

Why are most doctors so quick to write off colon cancer probability in a 21 year old? Most doctors wont test me for colon cancer why?

Too young: Unless you have bad genetic mutation and/or terrible luck, colon cancer is exceeding rare for a 21 year old. Screening colonoscopy has an unacceptable complication vs benefit ratio when performed on an asymptomatic, normal risk young person. ...Read more

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Should i be worried about inflammation found inside my colon during colonoscopy? What can cause it? Doc said the biopsy came back normal?

Should i be worried about inflammation found inside my colon during colonoscopy?  What can cause it?  Doc said the biopsy came back normal?

Not now/depends,,,: At this point, unless you've got any positive signs of an inflammatory bowel condition, you should not worry excessively. Your biopsy was negative. Your mother having colon cancer should motivate you to take steps to take care of your health that way with a high fiber diet and check-ups like the colonoscopy that you did. Close follow up with your doctor also helps a lot. ...Read more

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Should i c a colon doctor being that the only way i regularly go to the bathroom is when i take something called cleanse more by renew life?

C a doc: Certainly can start with your primary doc, rather than starting with a secondary doc, like a colon specialist. Global evaluation, including diet, meds, activity , medical, history including pregnancy/obstetrical, physical exam, including rectal/pelvic/neurologic. May need simply diet changes etc, may need further eval including colonoscopy, pelvic sono, etc. ...Read more

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Doc found one sessile polyp (half inch) on my sigmoid colon that he couldn't remove. Is the polyp precancerous or more dangerous than others?

Doc found one sessile polyp (half inch) on my sigmoid colon that he couldn't remove.  Is the polyp precancerous or more dangerous than others?

May need surgery: Polyps can be pedunculated or sessile. The flat ones (sessile) are much more difficult to remove intact via colonoscopy. Depending on the biospy results, the lesion may have to be removed surgically. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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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