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Colonoscopy 4 and 9yr ago neg. Parent had colon ca. No hemoccult done til recent food poisoning; 1 is +. Is virtual or visual colonoscopy best? Feelok
Optical vs virtual: While both optical colonoscopy & CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) examine the lower GI tract, & both require inflation of the colon with air, the optical exam offers several potential advantages in your case where your risk of finding a lesion is high (due to family history & finding occult blood): it is performed sedated; it permits biopsies of inflamed tissue & permits removal of lesions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pain radiating from tailbone+anus when sitting for 6wks. No visual sign. Reg colonoscopy+blood. Doc rec MRI. Another said waste of money. Thoughts?
US protocol for colonoscopy mention to get samples from bowel tissue even there is no visual problem. Is it right or not?
Not standard practic: I doubt that it is the US Protocol to biopsy normal looking mucosa unless there is a suspicion of some rare inflitrative illness (like Amyloidosis etc). If you do not have symptoms of colon origin, there would be little reason to biopsy normal looking mucosa. What are you searching for? If you can define that, we can guide you better. ...Read more
Pain between anus and tailbone. Pain shooting down veins in leg. Short of breath. Rcvd reg colonoscopy, vein and artery scan. No visual sign of cause.
Should questionmuscu: Would also question musculoskeletal. Veins don't conduct pain beauty feel thespian along their course. We would think of irritated never or muscles. It is important to know what makes it better and what makes it worse. Ask your gastroenterologist what else they think. Also look a nerve pinching of the sacral area. The vein studies will not help. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Colonoscopies : A colonoscopy is a procedure where one's colon is carefully inspected with a colonoscopy, a lighted, flexible telescope. Polyps can be removed, tumors can be diagnosed, and diseases of the bowel can be diagnosed. Doctors recommend that all people should get a colonoscopy by the age of 50. ...Read more
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
YES!: A colonoscopy is a safe, thorough examination of your entire colon under sedation to screen for polyps, or to diagnose bleeding issues or other colon abnormalities such as diverticulosis or hemorrhoids. Small growths like polyps rarely cause symptoms until they grow larger, and can lead to colorectal cancer. You should be screened at least at age 50 or sooner if you have any rectal bleeding. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Camera on a snake: A video camera on the end of a flexible stalk, not unlike a snake, is inserted through the rectum while you are asleep. You don't feel a thing, you won't remember it, and the only bed part is the prep. ...Read more
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