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I had a colonoscopy and polyp removed 3days ago. I have had thick brown vaginal discharge since. Is this normal.

I had a colonoscopy and polyp removed 3days ago.  I have had thick brown vaginal discharge since. Is this normal.

No: Colonoscopy has nothing to do with vaginal situations. If no tumor was detected perforating anterior wall of rectum into vagina, which I suspect is not the case, then vaginal discharge is uterine in origin. Blood that remains in utero and passes to the vagina will decompose and appear as a brown discharge. One must examine the uterus by ultrasound to see what the endometrial lining is like. ...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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I had a colonoscopy yesterday and have vaginal bleeding today... I was told there may be some spotting but the amount of blood I have is concerning.

I had a colonoscopy yesterday and have vaginal bleeding today... I was told there may be some spotting but the amount of blood I have is concerning.

Vaginal bleeding: Don't delay! Please contact your doctor as soon as possible. If you are asked to wait a few days please have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility.

Hope all goes well. ...Read more

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Common 2 feel ur own cervix or uncommon? I doubt prolapse, what am i feeling if not cervix? Found 2 bumps on what i thought was my cervix, if vaginal tumors wouldn't recent colonoscopy catch this ?

Common 2 feel ur own cervix or uncommon? I doubt prolapse, what am i feeling if not cervix? Found 2 bumps on what i thought was my cervix, if vaginal tumors wouldn't recent colonoscopy catch this ?

Probably normal: It is possible to feel your cervix, even without prolapse. If you've had vaginal deliveries, that will change the shape of your cervix. Also, you can have benign mucous cysts, called nabothian cysts, on the cervix. If you've recently had a colposcopy then whatever your feeling is likely benign. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Had colonoscopy yesterday and now am having vaginal bleeding and leg cramps what could this be?

Had colonoscopy yesterday and now am having vaginal bleeding and leg cramps what could this be?

Irregular bleeding: Irregular bleeding is very common and in most cases it resolves on its own. A slight cycle disruption after a surgical procedure is not likely to be a cause for alarm. Monitor the bleeding and see an Obgyn if it does not resolve. ...Read more

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Lower left abdominal pain- 7wks, high c-reactive protein. Nothing found on abdominal ct, abdominal and vaginal ultrasounds. Colonoscopy ordered. Ideas?

Lower left abdominal pain- 7wks, high c-reactive protein. Nothing found on abdominal ct, abdominal and vaginal ultrasounds. Colonoscopy ordered. Ideas?

Possibly: In a female, left lower quadrant pain could be a number of possibilities; colon - diverticulosis or diverticulitis, colitis, ovarian cysts, hernia, strained muscle, bladder related, adhesions if you have had prior surgery... Continue the workup. Sounds like your doctor is taking good care of you and ordering the proper tests! ...Read more

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What is a colonoscopy?

What is a colonoscopy?

Look inside colon: You are sedated (very sleepy, but still breathing on your own). The endoscopist places an instrument through your anus and then passes it into the colon to carefully exam the colon for polyps, cancer, etc. If any abnormalities are found a biopsy may be done. Typically, it is painless - the only bother is cleaning out your bowels beforehand and even that's not so bad. ...Read more

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Do colonoscopies hurt?

Do colonoscopies hurt?

No: Colonoscopy is usually performed with some form of sedation and if done correctly you should not feel anything or remember anything. ...Read more

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What is a colonoscopy like?

What is a colonoscopy like?

A simple test: After appropriate colon preparation at home, arrive at the endoscopy center, change into a gown & IV is inserted. Once in the procedure room, final consent is obtained, IV sedation is given (there are options here--some patients choose no sedation, others want to be "out cold"), & a thin flexible tube with video camera is inserted per rectum & advanced, taking pictures, biopsies, & therapeutics. ...Read more

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How to prep for a colonoscopy?

Lots of options: There are a lot of different regimens for doing a colonoscopy prep. It depends on your gastroenterologist what they prefer. Ultimate what they want is a clean prep, so you should not have any stool in your colon when they look. You will have a sense of whether your prep is complete when you look in the toilet bowl and you shouldn't see any solid material left. ...Read more

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What results from colonoscopy?

What results from colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy: This is a good screening tool used for the appropriate age group in screening for colon cancer. ...Read more

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Do I really need a colonoscopy?

Do I really need a colonoscopy?

Age: When either 45 or 50 yrs old or of bleeding or other symptoms also pending family history. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy: what can I expect?

Not bad: The most annoying part is the bowel cleanout the day before. You have to drink a fluid that makes you have enough bowel movements until your stool becomes clear. The colonoscopy procedure itself is usually easy. When you go home you will have some abdominal discomfort and bloating. Sometimes you can have a little rectal bleeding as well. ...Read more

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What may appear in a colonoscopy?

Pretty much anything: Colonoscopies are mostly done for screening, looking for polyps which may be pre-cancerous, thus removing them in essence prevents a cancer. Colonoscopies are also done to evaluate for other problems, like diverticulosis, hemorrhoid bleeding, changes in bowels which may be from comparatively benign conditions, but infectious diseases, inflammatory diseases and other colon problems may be found too. ...Read more

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When should I start colonoscopies?

When should I start colonoscopies?

50 unless...: The general guideline is age 50, but there are exceptions to that rule. For example, family history of colon cancer can move up the schedule. ...Read more

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How can you die from a colonoscopy?

How can you die from a colonoscopy?

Unlikely: Dying during a colonoscopy or because of one is a very rare event. The risk of a perforation or hole during a colonoscopy is about 1/1500. The risks of dying would increase if one had a perforation that was not noticed. Also there is a risk of having complications from the sedation. One could stop breathing from over sedation which could lead to death, again, a rare event. ...Read more

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No pain, why would i need a colonoscopy?

Screening: screening for colon cancer. cancer usually does not give symptoms until it is a large tumor that has spread to other organs. At that point you would start having symptoms, but survival after treatment would be significantly reduced. ...Read more

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How often should you have a colonoscopy?

It depends on indica: If it is for screening for colon cancer, then once every 10 years is considered adequate but it can be done more often if there is an abnormality that requires close monitoring. ...Read more

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Petrified of colonoscopy please help :(?

Petrified of colonoscopy please help :(?

Low risk: Bleeding and perforation are indeed risks however combine risk in the hands of an experienced endoscopist is probably less than 1%, so it is safe and by far the most efficient test for polyps/cancer of the colon as it is both diagnostic and therapeutic, which none of the alternative exams are. It is usually done with sedation so you should not feel or remember anything about the procedure. ...Read more

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Should someone get a fobt or colonoscopy?

No: None of the screening tests for serum tumor markers or fecal occult blood are that accurate. At least with colonoscopy every few years there is direct visualization of the bowel to define the absence or presence of a tumor or polypoid lesion. A new diagnostic fecal tumor protein test is being developed that will define the amt. of tumor protein or not present and if neg. the bowel is neg. ...Read more