I had to have a Colonoscopy prior going to A heart valve replacement, but have been told that , because I am a Jehovah's Witness that if any pollips are found they will not remove them, will this be any benefit to me?
Dr. Sanjay Kariappa
Dr. Sanjay Kariappa
General surgeon
Miranda
Yes I think it is still a useful step. Following, and even during cardiac surgery you may need anticoagulants or blood thinners. It is important to know if you have a large polyp or possibly even a cancer In your bowel before putting you on these medications as it can cause life threatening bleeds.

 Tom Zhou
Tom Zhou
Gastroenterologist
Chermside
Generally small and medium sized polyps can be removed even if you are a Jehovah's witness as risk of bleeding should be minimal, provided you are not on any medication to thin your blood. I routinely remove small polyps even in patient who can not have a blood transfusion for various reasons.
Also number of polyps and size of polyps found will allow us to predict your future risk of developing bowel cancer. Hence it is certainly worthwhile for you to have a colonoscopy.

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