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What are the risks and potential downsides of having a colonoscopy?

What are the risks and potential downsides of having a colonoscopy?

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. ...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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What are the risks of a colonoscopy for someone in their 80's?

What are the risks of a colonoscopy for someone in their 80's?

Perforation: The two main risks of colonoscopy are perforation and missed lesions. The national rate of perforation is 1 in every 3, 000 to 5, 000 colonoscopies. This is a very low rate, so much so that it is considered very low risk. The rate of missed lesions is estimated to be about 15 for every 100 lesions, nationally. The risk of sedation depends on your health status, but it is generally very safe. ...Read more

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What are the risks of having a colonoscopy and an endoscopy.

What are the risks of having a colonoscopy and an endoscopy.

Relatively slim: Can include: med reaction ( monitored throughout procedure, and after in recovery rm), bleeding (avoid aspirin, other meds, herbals), perforation about 1/10, 000 for upper endoscopy, 1/1000 for colonoscopy; sore throat w/upper. Trauma to other organs, risks may vary w/ work being done, pt anatomy, e.g. Scar tissue, etc.. Risk also of missing an abnormality that is actually there-variable. Talk w/md. ...Read more

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I am having a colonoscopy and endoscopy on tuesday and would like no sedation. Is this possible? What are the risks?

I am having a colonoscopy and endoscopy on tuesday and would like no sedation. Is this possible? What are the risks?

No major risks: You can do both without sedation. There are no risks other than discomfort from cramping during the procedures as the scopes are advanced/manipulated in your digestive tract. The upper endoscopy can be more difficult to tolerate unsedated due to the gag reflex. ...Read more

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My GI thinks that I have Crohn's disease so I am having a colonoscopy. What are the risks of perforation?? I'm only 20. Can I have it with no sedation

Colonoscopy: These days, colonoscopy is a very safe procedure. Colon perforation occurs in only 0.05% of the procedures, on average. Although it is possible to undergo a colonoscopy without sedation, it can be uncomfortable in that setting, and I don't recommend trying it. The sedation is very safe and easy. If your doctor think you may have Crohn's disease, you should not skip the procedure. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there any risk involve in having a colonoscopy?

Is there any risk involve in having a colonoscopy?

Very safe: modern colonoscopy is extremely safe. Complications are rare. Probably the most common complication is perforation, and it reportedly occurs in about one of every 1200 colonoscopies. There are rare risks of bleeding and of a reaction to the sedation. Overall, they are extremely safe, and if you have a reason for needing one, don't shy away. ...Read more

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How does the risk of a gastroscopy compare to a colonoscopy?

How does the risk of a gastroscopy compare to a colonoscopy?

Neither have risk: When both procedures carried out under mild anesthersia, the patient essentailly experiences no side effect. With colonoscopy air however has to inflate bowel for visualization and being NPO isnt suffiecient to clean out the colon. GoLytley has to be employed. Minor risk with some bx close to bowel mucosa where perforation has resulted .especially in colon. ...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?

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 are colonoscopies?

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

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Is a colonoscopy painful?

It shouldn't: Colonoscopies for the most part are not painful especially if sedation is used ...Read more

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Need unsedated colonoscopy?

Most patients: Find mild sedation helpful during a colonoscsopy however many can tolerate the procedure without sedation. Talk with your endoscopist to see if you are a candidate. ...Read more

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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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Are colonoscopies necessary?

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

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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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