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Is it necessary to go for colonoscopy before piles operation?

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why colonoscopy is required before piles operation? is it mandatory? what is the process actually? is it painful in today's technology?
Posted Sat, 2 Mar 2013 in Abdominal Pain
Answered by Dr. Radhakrishna Patta 18 hours later

Thanks for your query.

About 10% of patients with piles tend to harbour something ominous in the colon like a cancer of colon. So it is mandatory for everyone who undergoes a piles operation to have a prior colonoscopy. We have seen any number of patients who did not have a colonoscopy and underwent piles operation came back with something more XXXXXXX which was previously undiagnosed.

This process involves passage of a long tube with a camera system through the anal opening and visualising the entire large intestine. This process is performed under anaesthesia and hence absolutely painless.

Hope I have answered your query.

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