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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 known risks and benefits of having a myelogram?

What are the known risks and benefits of having a myelogram?

Spine imaging: Myleogram is usually done in conjunction with a ct scan when a MRI may not be indicated such as with a pacemaker, certain metal implanst like aneurysm clips or with very obese patients or even when prior spinal implants make it hard to obtain a clear MRI image. It is an invasive procedure with a contrast material that may cause an allergic reaction, a spinal headache. ...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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What are the risks of having a splenectomy?

What are the risks of having a splenectomy?

Early and Late: Early: bleeding or injury to adjacent organs are the highest surgical risks. Late: the spleen is a filter that removes old blood cells and certain (encapsulated) bacteria from the bloodstream. Therefore, people without a spleen are prone to certain infections (although there are vaccines for these) and an over abundance of platelets in the bloodstream. ...Read more

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What are the risks of having a vitrectomy?

What are the risks of having a vitrectomy?

Discuss w/ Retina MD: The most common complication from a vitrectomy is progression of cataract. At your age of 44, that may not be a major factor. Other risks that occur less than 5% of the time are retinal detachment, and bleeding. Post-operative infections from vitrectomies are rare. Depending on what the underlying condition is that you have, there may be a risk of disease progression and need for further surgery. ...Read more

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What are the risks or potential complications of getting a tummy tuck?

What are the risks or potential complications of getting a tummy tuck?

Seek Consultation: The majority of complications that may occur with tummy tuck surgery occur within the first 2 weeks. These may include deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, infection, bleeding, and even death. Other types of complications such as superficial incision line healing problems ( wound healing problems) may occur during the first 2 months after the procedure is performed. ...Read more

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What are the possible complications of a colonoscopy?

What are the possible complications of a colonoscopy?

Veery rarely: Bleeding and injury to the bowel. In experienced hands the combined risk is less than 1 %. You may have gas and bloating afterward but these should resolve quickly and you can resume normal activity and diet the next day. The risk of having an undiagnosed colon disease or cancer is greater than the risk of the procedure. ...Read more

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What are some of the risks of having a hysterectomy?

What are some of  the risks of having a hysterectomy?

Many: Risks of a hysterectomy include infection, bleeding, injury to the bowel or bladder, deep venous thrombosis, anesthetic complications, or even death. Fortunately, serious risks are rare. ...Read more

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What are the possible complications of a sigmoidoscopy?

What are the possible complications of a sigmoidoscopy?

Complications: rare: Sigmoidoscopy is a very commonly done procedure with rare significant complications. Mild bleeding can occur in patients with hemorrhoids. Perforation of the colon wall can occur in less than 1/1000 patients, usually only in those with some type of pre-existing abnormality such as diverticulosis. ...Read more

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What are the risks of a hysterectomy?

What are the risks of a hysterectomy?

As listed: The risks include infection, bleeding, injury to internal organs such as bladder, bosel, ureter, and blood vessels, reaction to medication/anesthesia, blood clot formation, and complication of surgery leading to another surgery. The risks also vary depending on your medical/surgical history and the route of hysterectomy. ...Read more

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What are the risks of a hysterectomy?

What are the risks of a hysterectomy?

Please discuss with: Your gyn as your gyn should discuss all of the possible major risks to you, many the vast majority of women have no problems, but some of the risks are infection, post op bleeding, blood clot after surgery, very rarely even death, fistula, etc the benefits to you should vastly outweigh any risks or u should not have the surgery, u can also go online and read. ...Read more

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What are the risks and benefits of getting vaccinations?

What are the risks and benefits of getting vaccinations?

Risk/benefit: The basic risk of immunization is negligible. Vaccine haters have come up with a new scare issue every decade or so only to be refuted by scientific data, most of which they never accept. The benefit is the avoidance of illness, injury or death.Ben franklin was once a vaccine hater, but in his later writings changed, sad over the preventable loss of a son to smallpox. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of having a pacemaker?

What are the benefits of having a pacemaker?

Varies by problem: Preventing problems from very low heart beat such as heart failure, passing out and in extreme cases cardiac arrest. Also symptoms such as fatigue and shortness of breath from low heart beat may improve. Sometimes it is used when medications treating fast heart beats also causes very slow heart beat. A special resynchronization pacemaker with three leads may be used to treat heart failure. ...Read more

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What are the risks and benefits of a transurethral sphincterotomy?

What are the risks and benefits of a transurethral sphincterotomy?

Free flow: done for obstruction. STDcan cause certain structures and once treated these need opening. Generally a low risk of bleeding and recurrence ...Read more

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What are the risks of having an epidural?

What are the risks of having an epidural?

Like Any Other Inj: The worse part of an epidural injection is typically the local anesthetic administered to numb the skin. After that the needle typically feels like pressure. However as the needle enters the spinal canal or around the nerve root there can be some pain that is transient. Complications can be bleeding, infection, nerve damage and paralysis, but these are extremely rare. ...Read more

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Should I be afraid of a scheduled c-section? What are the potential risks?

Should I be afraid of a scheduled c-section? What are the potential risks?

Don't be afraid...: Scheduled c/sections are common & safe & Ob/Gyns do a lot of them and are good at doing them. The situation is controlled and calm, unlike many unscheduled c/sections that happen during labor. There isn't usually a lot of pain or discomfort during the C/S. Uncommon risks: Bleeding, transfusion, infection, injury to something such as the baby, bowel, bladder or other surrounding organs. ...Read more

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What are the risks of getting a labiaplasty?

Risks Involved: Properly performed by a surgeon well versed in this procedure- there are few risks involved. The most notable is scaring or over resection of tissue that can lead to discomfort with intercourse. Properly performed the chances of this occurring is very slight. ...Read more

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What are the possible side effects or risks associated with having a hysterectomy at the age of 27?

What are the possible side effects or risks associated with having a hysterectomy at the age of 27?

Surgical vs psycholo: Obviously there is risk of surgical complications such as bleeding/blood clot, infections etc..From the surgery, but there is a pyschological component to this..Most likely the ovaries will be left alone, so hormone-wise u will be ok, but u will not be able to have(any more) children. This is probably the biggest concern espcially if u have not had children. Consult your doc..Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the risks and benefits of a vaginal birth and a c-section?

What are the risks and benefits of a vaginal birth and a c-section?

Vaginal vs. C-S: Vaginal births are the preferred method of delivery (this is how our bodies were designed to deliver). It is (usually) non-invasive with a shorter recovery period and MUCH better for newborn transition. Surgical deliveries should be reserved for situations which put mother or baby at risk for injury or death by vaginal delivery. Surgical delivery has increased risks, longer recovery, etc. etc. ...Read more