How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. D. Love Your Own Question

Dr. D. Love
Dr. D. Love, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 13092
Experience:  Family Physician for 10 years; Hospital Medical Director for 10 years.
21597572
Type Your Medical Question Here...
Dr. D. Love is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

TODAY I AM 86 YEARS OLD BORN DECEMBER 3RD 1926. 7 YEARS

Resolved Question:

TODAY I AM 86 YEARS OLD BORN DECEMBER 3RD 1926.

7 YEARS AGO A SMALL BENIGN COLONIC POLYP WAS REMOVED DURING COLONOSCOPY PROCEDURE

ONE MONTH AGO A MINISCULE BLOOD WAS DISCOVERED IN STOOL,

I AM IN PERFEECT HEALTH WITHOUT ANY DISCOMFORT. MY BOWEL HAS NO MOVEMENT PROBLEM. I TAKE ONE BABY ASPIRIN A DAY OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS. I ALSO TAKE ONE BENICAR CAPSULE A DAY FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. I HAVE NO PROBLEM URINATING .
MY CONCERN IS THE PREP THE DAY PRIOR TO A COLONSCOPY.

IS IT NECESSARY AT AGE 86 TO UNDERGO ANOTHER COLONSCOPY.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 11 months ago.
Thank you for using JustAnswer. I will be glad to assist you today.

It is may not be necessary, but there are a couple factors to consider.

The current recommendations of the US Preventive Health Task Force is that people that are low risk can stop having screening colonoscopy at age 75, but should continue for high risk people. There is no clear age at which screening should stop for high risk individuals, but it would primarily be determined by other medical problems and average life expectancy.

The factors that would define whether you are high risk would be a positive personal or family history of colon cancer or if that polyp that was removed was a benign adenomatous polyp.

Your history is also complicated by the recent discovery of blood in the stool, as unexplained blood in the stool would also be an indication for a colonoscopy, unless other medical problems indicate a shorter average life expectancy. If there is another condition to explain the blood, such as a hemorrhoid or a fissure, that would be less of a concern.

If your only other medical problem is controlled high blood pressure, that would not indicate a shorter average life expectancy.

The other issue is relative to your personal preferences. A colonoscopy at your age is clearly less likely to be of benefit as when you were younger. If you have a personal preference that you would rather accept what risk would be present and avoid the colonoscopy, that is a reasonable decision.

Therefore, if you do not have any of the high risk factors and there is another explanation for the blood in the stool, then there clearly is less need to have the colonoscopy, but otherwise, the other factors noted above should be weighed and then you can make a personalized decision of whether to proceed with colonoscopy.

If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Dr. D. Love, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 13092
Experience: Family Physician for 10 years; Hospital Medical Director for 10 years.
Dr. D. Love and 7 other Medical Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
< Last | Next >
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
  • I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well! Claudia Albuquerque, NM
  • Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion. Kevin Beaverton, OR
  • Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
    I feel better already! Thank you.
    Elanor Tracy, CA
  • Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem. Julie Lockesburg, AR
  • You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions. John and Stefanie Tucson, AZ
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Thomas, MD

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    46349
    Internal Medicine--practice all of internal medicine, all ages, family, also Integrative, CAM, etc
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/DrThomasMd/2012-7-25_134438_Imagess1.64x64.jpg Dr. Thomas, MD's Avatar

    Dr. Thomas, MD

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    46349
    Internal Medicine--practice all of internal medicine, all ages, family, also Integrative, CAM, etc
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MY/mysticdoc/2012-6-8_15615_mysticdoc3.64x64.jpg Dr. D.J.'s Avatar

    Dr. D.J.

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    14679
    MD
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/agketch/2008-7-14_184046_drketchresized.jpg Dr. Ketch's Avatar

    Dr. Ketch

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    76
    Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/FA/FamilyPhysician/2013-8-31_191624_JA550x500Photo.64x64.jpg Family Physician's Avatar

    Family Physician

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    2562
    Emergency Medicine and Family Practice for over 26 years
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/drappapo/2013-8-16_22576_drdavid.64x64.jpg Dr. David's Avatar

    Dr. David

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    224
    Treat children/young adults, former chief resident, multiple publications
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DrDLove/2009-08-12_141522_DrDLove.jpg Dr. D. Love's Avatar

    Dr. D. Love

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    11961
    Family Physician for 10 years; Hospital Medical Director for 10 years.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CO/commissure/2011-4-15_192514_REISD20080926JR1090.64x64.jpg Dr. David's Avatar

    Dr. David

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    10667
    Experienced Physician trained in New York City. I'm ready to help.