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Does a sigmoidoscopy help monitor and prevent disease?

Does a sigmoidoscopy help monitor and prevent disease?

Yes: Colon cancer kills and this test is designed to test for this problem. You want to discuss with your doctor the pros and cons of this test over a colonoscopy which looks at the entire colon. Sigmoidoscopy, which uses a shorter scope to examine a smaller portion of the colon can miss something. ...Read more

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Dr. John Lappas
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Sigmoidoscopy (Definition)

Sigmoidoscopy is the use of a flexible fiberoptic camera or specially designed scope to examine the inside of the colon. Because the procedure only examines the left side of the colon (in an area called the sigmoid), it is termed sigmoidoscopy. This is to differentiate it from a colonoscopy, where the entire right and left side of the colon is examined. A sigmoidoscopy ...Read more


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How can home blood pressure monitoring prevent heart disease?

How can home blood pressure monitoring prevent heart disease?

BP: Then you are nore lkely to act on elevated BP which is the number 1 risk factor to cause heart attacks and strokes. ...Read more

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Does it work if I monitor my heart rate everyday, I can prevent some illness in the future?

Does it work if I monitor my heart rate everyday, I can prevent some illness in the future?

No: You're wasting your time. Live your life one day at a time and regard each day as a precious gift. Forget about monitoring your heart rate. We call that "hypervigilance". Using the same logic, you should never, never ride in a car because some people are at risk of dying in an accident. Instead, concentrate on identifying some aspect of your life that you enjoy each day. ...Read more

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Is there a way to prevent eye strain and headache from staring at the computer monitor?

Is there a way to prevent eye strain and headache from staring at the computer monitor?

Yes: Our eyes are designed to see things in 3d. When you look at a computer/book etc for a long time (a 2d surface) you can strain your eyes or get dry eyes. Every 20 minutes rest your eyes for 20 seconds by looking at something at least 20 feet away. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how monitoring fetal movement prevent stillbirth?

Can you tell me how monitoring fetal movement prevent stillbirth?

Kick Counting: Fetal movement is reassuring. Babies that are in trouble stop moving, usually awhile before they are at risk of stillbirth. Monitoring fetal movement is a way to make sure that baby is doing well without hooking you up to a fetal monitor. If your monitoring indicates that baby isn't moving enough, you can go to the hospital for electronic fetal monitoring. Best wishes! ...Read more

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How do I prevent eye strain and headache from staring at the computer monitor?

How do I prevent eye strain and headache from staring at the computer monitor?

Breaks/Glasses: To prevent eye strain, take frequent breaks by looking out a window or far off distance. This relaxes the muscle in the eye that is straining to read the computer. Also, light reading glasses may be needed to help you see clearly and avoid strain. Check with your eye doctor if the strain persists as a pair of computer glasses may be helpful. ...Read more

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Which is better warfarine or sintromfor stroke prevention in afib are those home monitor device for INR accurate?

Which is better warfarine or sintromfor stroke prevention in afib are those home monitor device for
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Sintrom not in US: I have no experience with Sintrom & doubt that anyone on HealthTap does, as it is not used in the US. Warfarin is quite common, though in atrial fibrillation, newer drugs like Rivaroxaban are being used because they don't require INR. According to published data, Warfarin has a longer effective period (36 hr vs 10 hr) than Sintrom, & therefore less fluctuation in INR. Fingerstick INR shld be accur ...Read more

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Is there any way of monitoring my skin to see early early changes to prevent pre-mature aging? Just like breast exams are done to check for lumps?

Is there any way of monitoring my skin to see early early changes to prevent pre-mature aging? Just like breast exams are done to check for lumps?

Yes: several things you can do. Avoid sun exposure. Use sunblock. Use moisturizer regularly. Drink plenty of water. Don't smoke. Have an examination of your skin done every year. These are the best things to do for your skin to avoid dangerous skin conditions. Hope this was helpful. Dr. R ...Read more

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Would Vitamin k2 supplements help prevent osteoporosis on warfarin? I know this would need INR monitoring

Would Vitamin k2 supplements help prevent osteoporosis on warfarin? I know this would need INR monitoring

See below: Taking vitamin K would negate the effects of warfarin. If you need to take warfarin, you should not take vitamin k. Do not change your medications without discussing it with your doctor who prescribed warfarin. Wish you good health. ...Read more

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In order for stroke to happen in pregnancy would your BP have to be really high or a blood clot? if i monitor my BP &watch for DVT could i prevent it?

In order for stroke to happen in pregnancy would your BP have to be really high or a blood clot? if i monitor my BP &watch for DVT could i prevent it?

Stroke in pregnancy: There is an increased risk of stroke during and soon after pregnancy, however, most cases are due underlying blood disorders, heart problems, vascular abnormalities, that likely one would know about and be monitored for more closely during pregnancy. High blood pressure, pre-eclampsia and eclampsia, also are risks, so YES, keeping BP controlled is very important! Tell your OB about leg swelling. ...Read more

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My moms dad had diabetes. My mom is pre diabetic,she monitors her levels only, what can I do now at 23 to prevent diabetes in future?

My moms dad had diabetes. My mom is pre diabetic,she monitors her levels only, what can I do now at 23 to prevent diabetes in future?

Live healthy: This means be mindful of your weight, remain physically active, minimize processed foods, whole grains if eating grains, good fiber intake and overall good fruit and vegetable intake. ...Read more

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What can be expected during my flexible sigmoidoscopy?

What can be expected during my flexible sigmoidoscopy?

Not much: You will be under the influence of either an amnestic (blocks memory) and/or light sedative. You won't remember a thing and likely get a terrific nap in the process. Now, preparing for the experience by evacuating your bowels the day before can be challenging. ...Read more

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What are some alternatives to the flexible sigmoidoscopy?

What are some alternatives to the flexible sigmoidoscopy?

Several: Rigid proctosigmoidoscopy, full colonoscopy, air contrast barium enema xray, ct colonography. Depending on the reason you need an exam will determine which is the most appropriate technique to use. ...Read more

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What are possible complications of a flexible sigmoidoscopy?

Depends: If the test is done with sedation (typically not necessary) then there are risks of sedation. Otherwise typical risks of this procedure can include pain or cramps, bleeding (especially if there will be biopsies), infection, missing a lesion or a perforation (hole in the intestine). That being said, these risks are very rare. ...Read more

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What preparation is required for the flexible sigmoidoscopy?

What preparation is required for the flexible sigmoidoscopy?

Flex sig: Usually two enemas. Again, this is a procedure for the history books. Almost always an indication for a sigmoidoscopy is an indication for a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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What does a flexible sigmoidoscopy feel like? Are you out for it?

What does a flexible sigmoidoscopy feel like? Are you out for it?

'Flex sig' ='cramps': For a 'flex sig' you are usually awake with no anesthesia unless arranged ahead of time with your doctor/G.I. Doctor . The pain/cramps you experience is from the air placed in the lower colon so we can see the entire bowel wall . The usual indications for flex sig are for follow-up for known proctitis (colitis) otherwise a full colonoscopy is the best test for colon cancer screening. ...Read more

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Can you always see hemmorhoids on sigmoidoscopy? Even small ones?

They should be able: Sigmoidoscopy is a direct view of the final part of your Gi tract; which is where the hemorrhoids are located. They will actually be able to see beyond the place where hemorrhoids are commonly found. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: flexible sigmoidoscopy?

What is the definition or description of: flexible sigmoidoscopy?

Flexible Sigmoidosco: Is a procedure used to see inside the sigmoid colon & rectum. It can detect inflamed tissues, abnormal growths & ulcers. It can help doctors diagnose unexplained changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain, bleeding from the anus, & weight loss. ...Read more

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Will i be sedated for a rigid sigmoidoscopy? What is a rigid sigmoidoscopy?

Usually no sedation: Rigid sigmoidoscopy is a short, straight scope that is used to examine only the rectum and lower part of the sigmoid colon. This exam usually only takes a couple of minutes and is typically done in the office without sedation. ...Read more

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What are the differences between sigmoidoscopy prep and colonoscopy prep?

What are the differences between sigmoidoscopy prep and colonoscopy prep?

It is similar: Both procedures require complete cleaning up of the Colorectal area. So the prep is not any different. ...Read more

Dr. Kristi Moffat
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Proctosigmoidoscopy (Definition)

Proctosigmoidoscopy is an examination of the rectum and sigmoid colon (just above the rectum) using a narrow, rigid scope with a built-in light. A small amount of air is usually introduced to distend the bowel, allowing for a better view. Generally, a limited prep is helpful, but not always necessary. ...Read more