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.
I thought it would be a good time to show a real-life example of colorectal cancer prevention in action. Let’s pretend that you are a friendly neighborhood gastroenterologist, just minding your own business and doing a screening colonoscopy on a patient.
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.
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?
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.
If you are new to the site, I have basically tried to write about one short article per week about gastroenterology, medicine, doctoring, and other related topics.
Three month follow up after removal of a small colon tumor with colonoscopy. Did the resection work, or did the patient ultimately need surgery?
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.
Here in Long Island, NY where I practice, it seems to be the norm to have a precolonoscopy visit. This visit serves several important purposes in my mind: I can meet the patient, take a history, and make sure they actually need a screening colonoscopy. I can answer all of the above questions in more detail than the primary doctor can. I also get to give them my basic talk about the purpose of a colonoscopy, how and why we remove polyps, the importance of good bowel prep and how to do it, and the small associated risks of a colonoscopy. We can talk about what to do with medications, and where to arrive on the day of the test, and parking, and all those seemingly small details that can make a patient stressed-out about the test for no good reason.