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Old 01-27-2004, 11:31 AM   #1
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My husband has had 3 colonoscopies in the past 2 years and his doctor has him scheduled for another one in May. I`m just wondering if this is normal. Are there any of you who have had repeated colonoscopies and is it safe? I know there is a certain amount of risk with this procedure. There is a history of colon cancer in his family.

 
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Old 01-27-2004, 05:29 PM   #2
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That is not normal. You should question the doctor about what he is finding??
Once every 2 to 3 years is normal. My doctor doctor said I'll see you in 10 years.

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Old 01-27-2004, 08:57 PM   #3
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Re: colonoscopy

I agree with Harry that it is not normal unless he has been diagnosed with something previously such as crohns, ulcerative colitis or diverticulotis. I myself have had 3 in 6 months but I have crohns disease. There must be some reason why he is having so many. I'd ask the doc why. What are his symptoms?
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Old 01-27-2004, 09:52 PM   #4
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Well, usually they'll do yearly colonoscopies if they've found a certain number of polyps or areas of the intestinal mucosa. that have showed pre-cancerous changes. A lot of the time, these take a long time to change to cancer, but it's prudent to follow them every year. The other thing is, who is actually doing the colonscopy? Is it your primary care practitioner or is it someone that the PCP is referring to?

 
Old 01-27-2004, 11:00 PM   #5
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He had a polyp removed during the first colonoscopy. The second one was clear. They were done by the proctologist that his practitioner referred him to. I`ve been wondering if this doctor is just doing this for the money. i know that sounds dumb but with the last one coming up clear, it makes me wonder.

 
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Sounds right to me it is a costly test-- and if it's needed -- I certainly agree. But, question The Doctor of course some don't like to be Questioned by us mortals!!!

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Old 01-30-2004, 09:25 PM   #7
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I have to agree. I always question the doctor regarding proceedures or anything else that pertains to my own or my families health.

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