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Doctor insights on: What Doctor Administers A Colonoscopy

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What type of doctor does colonoscopies?

What type of doctor does colonoscopies?

Gastroenterologist: Also called GI specialist(gastro-entero-logist).

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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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Do doctors use propofol for a colonoscopy?

Do doctors use  propofol for a colonoscopy?

Yes: Propofol can be used, many times this requires an additional physician, an anesthesiologist or anesthetist. Sedation by the endoscopist is also accomplished by using versed and fentanyl. Options vary among endoscopists and hospitals. ...Read more

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What can colonoscopy results tell a doctor?

What can colonoscopy results tell a doctor?

Lesions in bowel: Colonoscopy is a method for direct visualization of the entire colon from several cm. above the rectum to the splenic and hepatic flexures to the cecum. it allows for examination of the tissue of the bowel, allowing for biopsies and identification and biopsy of any inflammatory process to lesions such as polyps, carcinomas and obstructing processes. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor performs colonoscopies?

Gastroenterologist: A gastroenterologist is the person you should contact for this. ...Read more

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At what age would my doctor recremend that I have a colonoscopy?

Variable: Normal risk(for colon cancer) persons without concerning symptoms(like blood in the stool) usually don't need to start screening with colonoscopies until age 50. Various medical ailments like inflammatory bowel disease, a familial history of colon cancer or polyps or certain genetic syndrome or concerning symptoms will push recommendations for screening earlier. ...Read more

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What are some reasons a doctor would not be able to do a colonoscopy?

What are some reasons a doctor would not be able to do a colonoscopy?

Several: Poor prep is the most common reason, followed by a colon obstruction from tumor, stricture or inflammation. Then comes prior surgeries and adhesions. Of course general medical condition may be bad enough to Prohibit a surgical procedure. Most experienced endoscopists rarely are unable to complete a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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What does the doctor do during a colonoscopy and what is he looking for?

Purpose: colonoscopy: The premiere purpose is to prevent colon cancer. Almost all colon cancer starts with a benign growth, a polyp, which takes ten years to become cancer. Removing polyps during test eliminates risk for cancer! can also look for other diseases (colitis, diverticulitis). ...Read more

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I am very worried about a forthcoming colonoscopy - why would my doctor suggest this?

Screening: This is a very important examination for patients 50 years or older or those with a history of colon cancer. These examination should be performed at leat every 5 years and remain the gold standad for the early diagnosis of colon cancer. ...Read more

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Can Crohn's disease go undiagnosed even after a colonoscopy? Even though all other symptoms suggest Crohn's disease but the doctors won't listen.

Can Crohn's disease go undiagnosed even after a colonoscopy? Even though all other symptoms suggest Crohn's disease but the doctors won't listen.

Seek alternative: diagnosis. Symptoms of Crohn's disease can occur in the context of other GI or systemic disorders. Highly unlikely to be Crohn's disease if scope negative. Finding the true diagnosis will lead to an effective management plan. ...Read more