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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 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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Can anyone tell me what type doctors fordoing a colonoscopy and an endoscopy?

Can anyone tell me what type doctors fordoing a colonoscopy and an endoscopy?

Gastroenterology: These days, gastroenterologists are the folks doing it most often. I know colorectal surgeons often do colonoscopies as well. ...Read more

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What does the GI doctor see when performing a Colonoscopy? Can he not see the appendix too sense it looks like it is attached to everything?

What does the GI doctor see when performing a Colonoscopy? Can he not see the appendix too sense it looks like it is attached to everything?

Colonoscopy.: What the gastroenterologist sees during colonoscopy is the inside of the colon. It is possible to see the area of attachment of the appendix to the colon, but it is not possible to see the appendix itself. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm in hospital doc don't seen to be listening gab if could get advice I has a colonoscopy which lead to a perform bowel, belly now swollen temp spike?

I'm in hospital doc don't seen to be listening gab if could get advice I has a colonoscopy which lead to a perform bowel, belly now swollen temp spike?

Drainage needed: For the most part colonoscopy is a well tolerated procedure with little if any complication. Occassionally if a small lesion is biopsied, the biopsy forceps takes too deep a bite and a small pinhead performation can occur. Leakage of fecal material causes abscess. Antibiotics needed and abdominal scan to define any collection also required. This would suggest whether drainage required. ...Read more

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Hi, I have abused laxatives. (stimulant type). Will my doc know from a colonoscopy? Does this abuse cause Crohn's disease or result in stoma.

Hi, I have abused laxatives. (stimulant type). Will my doc know from a colonoscopy? Does this abuse cause Crohn's disease or result in stoma.

Usually not: By a colonoscopy we usually can't tell if you take too much laxatives, however in some people the colon becomes "black" from longterm laxative use (melanosis), but this is benign without clinical significance. Abuse of laxatives does not cause Crohn's ...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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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?

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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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

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Is it necessary to get a colonoscopy every 3 yrs as my doc recs? He found polyps and says yes. But it's expensive and invasive. Is there cheaper way?

No cheaper way: Colonoscopy is the best way to screen for colon cancer. How often you repeat a colonoscopy depends on the number of polyps and type. Every three years is within the recommended range. Seems like your doctor is well informed. We all hope that there was another way to do this but unfortunately there is not. ...Read more

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My doc ordered a colonoscopy for me since I am over 50. Can anyone give me the real 411 on this procedure?

My doc ordered a colonoscopy for me since I am over 50. Can anyone give me the real 411 on this procedure?

Colonoscopy 411: The importance of colonoscopy is to screen for colo-rectal cancer, the #3 most common cause of cancer death in both men and women in america. The procedure is started by giving you some sedation to put you almost to sleep. A small camera is then inserted into your anus and snaked up your colon and photographs and (if needed) samples are collected. Not nearly as bad as it sounds. ...Read more

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