The phrases “mind-blowing” and “fecal transplant study” are not often used in the same sentence (or even in the same publication), however when I read the following study about fecal transplants, my mind was in fact blown!Share this:
No self-respecting gastroenterologist would use premade stool, just like no self-respecting Italian would use jarred sauce, right?Share this:
What is immediately apparent from these numbers is that Cologuard rarely misses cancer. However, if we count polyps as a significant finding, there are plenty of false-positive results (45%) and plenty of false-negatives too (34%). So is Cologuard a good test overall?Share this:
In keeping with the theme of women being smarter than men, the authors found no association between the happiness of the marriage or the degree of support from their husbands for women who chose to get a colonoscopy. Basically, women are just better at taking care of themselves independently without the need for their husbands approval, input, or coercion.Share this:
If you notice, the basic idea here is pretty simple. According to the guidelines, there are really only a few options for follow-up intervals for colonoscopy: 10 years (negative exam), 5 years (low risk polyps), and 3 years (high risk polyps). Less than 3 years is only recommended in the truly unusual case of a large polyp burden or invasive cancer in a polyp. And that’s it.Share this:
It is sometimes an awkward conversation to have, but the truth is that at a certain age, we eventually stop checking people for things that may cause them future harm.Share this:
Clearly, the screening guidelines recommend repeating a negative colonoscopy in ten years. Now what if I told you that many (if not most) practicing gastroenterologists recommend repeating the test in five years, not ten?Share this:
If there is one take-home message for colorectal cancer screening it is this: Start screening most people at age 50. Colonoscopy is the preferred screening test.Share this:
So, after this careful analysis, here are my concluding thoughts on anal sex as a healthcare professional specializing in colon and rectal diseases:
Anal sex seems to significantly raise your risk of having fecal incontinence.
You probably just shouldn’t do it.
If you are going to do it anyway, don’t do it too frequently.
It seems like common sense, but use lots of lube.
When finding a partner for anal sex, smaller is probably better.