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Do I really need a colonoscopy?

Do I really need a colonoscopy?

Age: When either 45 or 50 yrs old or of bleeding or other symptoms also pending family history. ...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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Where do I need to go and what do I have to do to get a colonoscopy ?

Where do I need to go and what do I have to do to get a colonoscopy ?

Gastroenterologist: Gastroenterologists do colonoscopies as do some surgeons. Check yellow pages, local medical society or american college of gastroenterology, american gastroenterological association or american society of gastrointestinal endoscopists for someone qualified in your area. ...Read more

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What to do if I have hemorrhoids will i need an operation?

What to do if I have hemorrhoids will i need an operation?

Hemmorhoids: It is a very common problem, not to worry. Can be related to either constipation or diarrhea. Hemorrhoid should at some point be evaluated by a colo-rectal or general surgeon you will require dietary, bathroom habit modifications and sometimes office based procedures if medical management is ineffective. ...Read more

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Why would I have to get a bronchoscopy?

Why would I have to get a bronchoscopy?

Better look: Usually for the doctor to get a better look at your upper or lower airway in order to properly diagnose you. ...Read more

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Why do I need a biopsy? 

Why do I need a biopsy? 

Tissue Diagnosis: I presume that you had a radiologic study and/or examination that showed an abnormality for which a doctor recommended a biopsy. While the above studies may be helpful, they are usually not 100% diagnostic. A biopsy provides tissue to evaluate under the microscope for definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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What to do if I have phimosis do I need to see a doctor?

What to do if I have phimosis do I need to see a doctor?

Yes, if ...: If you're bothered by phimosis-related undesirable effects such as recurrent chronic inflammation / infection but resistant to topical care, you need to be assessed by urologist to evaluate if conservative care should continue or a more invasive measure - circumcision is required. Best wish ... ...Read more

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What do I have to do to make sure that my colonoscopy is done without sedation? I have had a terrible experience/allergy.

Colonoscopy : The sedation u take for colonoscopy , make u feel nothing . And it is better to take it , if u don't discuss it with u physician. ...Read more

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What to do if I have to get a biopsy n am scared?

What to do if I have to get a biopsy n am scared?

Depends on type: Best thing to do is talk to your physician. A good physician should (in easily understood language) answer any questions you have about the biopsy to your satisfaction, and most importantly, be able to educate you in regards to the benefits and any potential complications of the procedure. Usually, biopsies have minimal risk associated with the procedure, depending on the site. ...Read more

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Why do I need to follow a low-fiber diet if I have diverticulosis?

Why do I need to follow a low-fiber diet if I have diverticulosis?

You don't.: You actually need to follow a HIGH fiber diet with diverticulosis. A low fiber diet would be employed with diverticulitis, which is an infection. ...Read more

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If I have a parent who had colon cancer, what tests do I need to do and when?

If I have a parent who had colon cancer, what tests do I need to do and when?

A Colonoscopy: It would be a good idea to do a colonoscopy at the age 10 years younger than when your parent was diagnosed. If you parent was diagnosed over the age of 60 you should start at the age of 50. ...Read more

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Do I have to have a gynecological exam if I go to a internist?

Do I have to have a gynecological exam if I go to a internist?

I strongly rec a gyn: Your internist is very good at internist stuff, but I do not know any internists in my area that are as good as me at gyn exams and problems as that is my specailty and your internist may be a very good doc but it would be very rare that he would be as good as a gyn in your area about doing pelvics and if something abnormal is found your gyn can treat it , your internist would have to refer u. ...Read more

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I have been ordered to do an annual fit test for colorectal issues, should I be concerned about why i need to do this?

I have been ordered to do an annual fit test for colorectal issues, should I be concerned about why i need to do this?

I suppose you have: A strong family history of colon cancer thus your dr is proactively screening you for blood in the stool if positive , it may suggest presence of colon polyps or cancer.Cut down on your intake of fatty foods and eat more fiber , fruits and veggies . There are some studies showing that Aspirin may prevent colon cancer. Discuss with your dr if u have any concerns. ...Read more

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Why do I need to get an EKG and a chest X-ray before I have a colonoscopy?

Why do I need to get an EKG and a chest X-ray before I have a colonoscopy?

Not Normally Needed: These tests EKG and Chest Xray is not usually required before Colonoscopy and you should ask your Doctor the reason for it being required You are not given General Anesthsia and these tests are unnecessary for Colonoscopy ...Read more

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Tryn to have a baby what do I need to do one of my ovaries have been removed to you think its possible for me to have one, if so what do I need to do

Tryn to have a baby what do I need to do one of my ovaries have been removed to you think its possible for me to have one, if so what do I need to do

It : It should still be possible to get pregnant but it may be harder. It depends on your age - younger is better, how healthy your remaining ovary is, what kind of surgery you had (laparoscopy / keyhole surgery or an open surgery with a longer incision on your belly), and the reason why your ovary was removed - did you have endometriosis, an ovarian cyst or a tumor like a dermoid cyst? Two issues - first removing an ovary reduces your the number of eggs you have left by half and you are dependent on one ovary to get pregnant. Healthy people can have one kidney removed and be fine but if any disease damages the remaining kidney they will get into trouble faster than someone with two kidneys. Same thing with one ovary, if it's healthy you may be fine but if there is damage to the ovary from the effects of infection, endometriosis, smoking, stds like chlamydia, or getting older, it may be harder to conceive. Second, were your tubes healthy at the time of the surgery to remove your ovary? Did you have a tube removed along with the ovary or just the ovary? If there is scarring around your tubes or remaining ovary at the time of your surgery, or scar tissue developed after your surgery, it may be harder to get pregnant as the egg may not make it into your tube to get fertilized by sperm, or the pregnancy may get stuck in the tube. Bottom line is you may be fine to get pregnant but you have a higher chance of problems. If you are under 35 and have regular cycles i recommend trying for six months before seeing a fertility specialist (reproductive endocrinology / infertility or rei md) who can test your egg supply, check the inside of your uterus and tubes, and look for hormonal issues or sperm problems. If you are 35 or over, or have irregular periods, see a rei right away to "find out where you're at". If you do have low egg supply, at any age, getting the diagnosis sooner is better than 'waiting too long'. Hope you do well and are able to get pregnant easily. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I think i might have celiac disease. What would I have to do to find out for sure?

I think i might have celiac disease. What would I have to do to find out for sure?

Celiac: A blood test can guide your doctor in the diagnosis, the ultimate proof is a biopsy of your intestinal lining. ...Read more

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What to do if I have mono and What to do if I have a question?

What to do if I have mono and What to do if I have a question?

Mononucleosis: Please submit a clear & specific question about Mono. Clarify and re-ask. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a gut feeling that what to do if I have cancer.?

What to do if I have a gut feeling that what to do if I have cancer.?

Gut feeling: Are you saying you have a gut feeling that you have cancer or that you do have cancer and you know what to do about it? ...Read more

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I have cardiac arrhythmia & chronically low potassium. I need to have a colonoscopy & I was wondering if there is a safe bowel cleanse??

I have cardiac arrhythmia & chronically low potassium. I need to have a colonoscopy & I was wondering if there is a safe bowel cleanse??

Low K : 20 M from Louisana has arrythmias and low K. Needs colonoscopy asks about "safe" bowel cleanse. ANS: low K can kill you so tell your bowel team and ask them as they know you best. I specialize in low K problems. What is the cause of low K n u? ASK about starting DASH DIET ASAP as way to stop low K now. I specialize in low K. Can provide u second opinion consult. ...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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Do colonoscopies hurt?

No: Colonoscopy is usually performed with some form of sedation and if done correctly you should not feel anything or remember anything. ...Read more

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What are colonoscopies?

What are colonoscopies?

Colonoscopies : A colonoscopy is a procedure where one's colon is carefully inspected with a colonoscopy, a lighted, flexible telescope. Polyps can be removed, tumors can be diagnosed, and diseases of the bowel can be diagnosed. Doctors recommend that all people should get a colonoscopy by the age of 50. ...Read more

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Is a colonoscopy painful?

It shouldn't: Colonoscopies for the most part are not painful especially if sedation is used ...Read more

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Need unsedated colonoscopy?

Most patients: Find mild sedation helpful during a colonoscsopy however many can tolerate the procedure without sedation. Talk with your endoscopist to see if you are a candidate. ...Read more

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What is a colonoscopy like?

A simple test: After appropriate colon preparation at home, arrive at the endoscopy center, change into a gown & IV is inserted. Once in the procedure room, final consent is obtained, IV sedation is given (there are options here--some patients choose no sedation, others want to be "out cold"), & a thin flexible tube with video camera is inserted per rectum & advanced, taking pictures, biopsies, & therapeutics. ...Read more

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Are colonoscopies necessary?

YES!: A colonoscopy is a safe, thorough examination of your entire colon under sedation to screen for polyps, or to diagnose bleeding issues or other colon abnormalities such as diverticulosis or hemorrhoids. Small growths like polyps rarely cause symptoms until they grow larger, and can lead to colorectal cancer. You should be screened at least at age 50 or sooner if you have any rectal bleeding. ...Read more

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How to prep for a colonoscopy?

Lots of options: There are a lot of different regimens for doing a colonoscopy prep. It depends on your gastroenterologist what they prefer. Ultimate what they want is a clean prep, so you should not have any stool in your colon when they look. You will have a sense of whether your prep is complete when you look in the toilet bowl and you shouldn't see any solid material left. ...Read more

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What results from colonoscopy?

What results from colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy: This is a good screening tool used for the appropriate age group in screening for colon cancer. ...Read more

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Do I really need a colonoscopy?

Age: When either 45 or 50 yrs old or of bleeding or other symptoms also pending family history. ...Read more

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How deep does a colonoscopy go?

Right colon: A proper colonoscopy should reach the right side of the colon to the junction of the colon and the small intestine. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy: what can I expect?

Not bad: The most annoying part is the bowel cleanout the day before. You have to drink a fluid that makes you have enough bowel movements until your stool becomes clear. The colonoscopy procedure itself is usually easy. When you go home you will have some abdominal discomfort and bloating. Sometimes you can have a little rectal bleeding as well. ...Read more

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How is a colonoscopy performed?

How is a colonoscopy performed?

Camera on a snake: A video camera on the end of a flexible stalk, not unlike a snake, is inserted through the rectum while you are asleep. You don't feel a thing, you won't remember it, and the only bed part is the prep. ...Read more

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What may appear in a colonoscopy?

Pretty much anything: Colonoscopies are mostly done for screening, looking for polyps which may be pre-cancerous, thus removing them in essence prevents a cancer. Colonoscopies are also done to evaluate for other problems, like diverticulosis, hemorrhoid bleeding, changes in bowels which may be from comparatively benign conditions, but infectious diseases, inflammatory diseases and other colon problems may be found too. ...Read more

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What if i ate before colonoscopy?

What if i ate before colonoscopy?

They would cancel: If you ate, your intestines may not be clean, so a reliable examination becomes difficult to carry out. This means there is going to be likely cancellation of the colonoscopic procedure. ...Read more

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When should I start colonoscopies?

When should I start colonoscopies?

50 unless...: The general guideline is age 50, but there are exceptions to that rule. For example, family history of colon cancer can move up the schedule. ...Read more

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