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Ask Dr. Gott 5/16

Are frequent colonoscopies necessary?

DEAR DR. GOTT: I am a mid-40s female who had successful surgery to remove a rectal villous adenoma, which had almost penetrated the colon wall but fortunately was not cancerous. The surgeon said that as a follow up, I should have a flexible sigmoidoscopy in six months, and, if that looked OK, then a colonoscopy every two to three years for the rest of my life. However, shortly after my surgery, the surgeon had his license temporarily suspended for prescription drug abuse. Before I see the substitute surgeon the clinic will hire as a replacement, I'd like to know ...

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