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What is the purpose of getting a colonoscopy?

What is the purpose of getting a colonoscopy?

Multiple purposes: The primary purpose is to screen for colon and rectal cancer. The physician is looking for polyps or other growths and will either completely remove them or get adequate biopsies so the pathologist can determine if they are benign or not. Other things that can be seen include diverticula, abnormalities of blood vessels in the colon wall, and signs of inflammation indicative of colitis. ...Read more

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 is the purpose of colonoscopy when diagnosed with a fatty liver?

What is the purpose of colonoscopy when diagnosed with a fatty liver?

Not directly related: A colonoscopy is used to examine the inner lining of the colon in order to find tumors, bleeding sites, or other abnormalities. A fatty liver is not directly related to this. ...Read more

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What is the purpose of reglan in colonoscopy preperation?

What is the purpose of reglan in colonoscopy preperation?

Helps: Reglan helps the stomach empty faster, pushing the large volume of the typical liquid prep out faster, lessening the chance of you vomiting it up because it doesn't go through quick enough. ...Read more

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What if the colonoscopy shows something abnormal?

What if the colonoscopy shows something abnormal?

Diagnosis/treatment: At colonoscopy most visible abnormalities are either definitively diagnosed via sampling (biopsy) or removed completely also for diagnosis that includes the treatment. Some findings, eg cancer, need definitive treatment via other modes (for example but not limited to surgery). ...Read more

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What kind of dr do u see colonoscopy?

GI doctor: Colonoscopy is a procedure typically performed by a gastroenterologist for the screening and detection of colorectal cancer and precancerous lesions, usually after age 50. ...Read more

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4. Polypa were found during colonoscopy.What is next?

Biopsy will tell: When encountered, they should have been biopsied, and it will depend upon the report from pathology as to if benign or concerning as to what next. Need to follow up with GI for report. ...Read more

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Is there any preparation necessary before the colonoscopy?

Yes: There are many variations of "the prep", but in general you will need to restrict your diet to clear liquids the day before the procedure, and drink a prescribed preparation to wash out your colon the evening before and possibly the morning of the procedure. There may be other instructions for the avoidance of certain foods (seeds) for a few days in advance. ...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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Could you provide some information on dealing with colonoscopies?

Valid procedure: The purpose of colonoscopy is preventative, that is to define the presence of an early colon lesion, if present, before clinically symptomatic. Should be performed every 5 yrs starting at 40 y..o. and at a time when the bowel is properly cleansed with an a-gent such as Go-Lytley to assure the bowel can easily be examined. Should be carried out with light anesthesia so that procedure is painless. ...Read more

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