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

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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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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If a biopsy is taken during a colonoscopy will your doctor tell you? And will he tell you what the results were?

Yes: If your doctor takes a biopsy in the course of your colonoscopy, then he/she will definitely tell you that they did so. They should have those pathology results back to you within 6-7 days. If you're worried, just call your doctor. ...Read more

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Why do doctors pump air into the colon during a colonoscopy?

Why do doctors pump air into the colon during a colonoscopy?

To see: Often the colon is collapse. A doctor can either inflate air or c02 to expand the colon to see the folds. On the colonoscopy withdrawal, the doctor will then attempt to suction the air to reduce the colon distension and patient discomfort. ...Read more

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My doctor said he might use propofol during the colonoscopy. Isn't that the stuff that michael jackson took?

My doctor said he might use propofol during the colonoscopy. Isn't that the stuff that michael jackson took?

Yes: And if he was having a colonoscopy i would use that on him too. But he is no longer alive because he was taking that drug for the wrong reasons and most importantly he was not monitored properly by an anesthesiologist. ...Read more

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When polyps are found during colonoscopy that are 2-3 CM in size why would a doctor leave them instead of taking a biopsy?

Colonoscopy: Biopsies are usually only taken of any polyps that dont look normal. Polyps of that tiny size are unlikely to be a problem and to a trained eye, the risk of taking the biopsy probably higher than the risk of possible malignancy! I am sure you were told to have a follow up colonoscopy in 6 mos to 1 year. ...Read more

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Do GI doctors perform anoscopes and rectoscopes during a colonoscopy? Can it be requested or are anoscope/rectoscope exclusive to proctologists?

Included: A colonoscope is inserted into the anus, ascends through the rectum, and goes on to check the rest of the bowel. Thus colonoscopy includes examination of the anus and rectum. However, if there is a suspicion of anal pre-cancer (e.g. In HIV positive men) a specialized magnifying instrument is used to assess the anus. ...Read more

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Doctor took biopsy on multiple sites during colonoscopy due to inflammation. Said it may be due to prep. Is she being kind to stop me worrying?

Doctor took biopsy on multiple sites during colonoscopy due to inflammation.  Said it may be due to prep.  Is she being kind to stop me worrying?

It is possible: Some types of bowel preps can certainly cause some nonspecific irritation of the colon lining. The biopsies would be appropriate to confirm this. ...Read more

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Is it possible for doctors to discover blocked heart arteries during a colonoscopy?

Is it possible for doctors to discover blocked heart arteries during a colonoscopy?

Not directly: The colonoscopy does not in any way look at the heart, only at the lining of your colon. If a patient has issues during the test such as chest pain, irregular heart beat or hypotension, coronary artery disease may be considered, but different types of testing will be needed to verify. ...Read more