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When Is a Follow up Colonoscopy Needed?

Colonoscopies are a reliable tool for colorectal cancer and gastrointestinal disease screening. They can help diagnose Crohn’s Disease, colon polyps, and many other diseases that may interfere with the quality of life or become life-threatening. There are a few reasons Dr. Glenn Madokoro may recommend a follow-up colonoscopy for Newport Beach, CA, patients. Understanding these reasons is important for anyone scheduling their first colonoscopy.

Should Everyone Receive a Colonoscopy?

Colonoscopies are recommended for everyone, starting at 50 years old. If you have a family history of colon cancer or a personal history of colon polyps or gastrointestinal disease, you may receive your first colonoscopy at a younger age.

Reasons You May Need a Repeat Colonoscopy

The most common reasons Newport Beach, CA, patients may receive a follow-up colonoscopy include the following: 

  • High risk of colorectal cancer 
  • High risk of gastrointestinal disease
  • Previous abnormal test results 
  • Previous polyp removal 
  • Ongoing gastrointestinal distress 

The higher your risk for cancer or gastrointestinal disease, the greater your chance of requiring routine colonoscopies. The same goes for ongoing symptoms of gastrointestinal distress like diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, bloody stools, and unexplained weight loss.

How Long Should You Wait for a Follow-Up Colonoscopy?

You should work with a doctor to determine the best frequency for routine colonoscopy checks. The decision will depend on a variety of factors, starting with your personal and family medical history. If you’re experiencing symptoms of gastrointestinal dysfunction, you may receive more frequent testing than those at heightened risk due to family history alone. 

If you received your first colonoscopy due to advancing age with no other risk factors, you may not need a follow-up procedure for 10 years. If your doctor found a reason for concern in the first colonoscopy, they may recommend you repeat the procedure much sooner. 

Even if your first colonoscopy was uneventful, your doctor may recommend a repeat after three to five years if you develop new symptoms. Healthcare requires a great deal of personalization. It’s important to work closely with one medical provider you trust. They will get to know your body and health risks, which allows them to make the best decisions when it comes to follow-up colonoscopies.

Need a Newport Beach Gastroenterologist?

If you’re due for a colonoscopy, it’s time to partner with Dr. Madokoro. He will help you determine whether you need your first or a follow-up colonoscopy in Newport Beach, CA. You don’t have to live with gastrointestinal discomfort or wonder if your uncomfortable symptoms are signs of colon cancer. Call (949) 548-8800 to schedule your appointment.

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