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C an you tell just by looking at a patient that the colonoscopy you're about to start isn't going to be run- of-the-mill? True, you know that patients who are par- ticularly thin, particularly heavy and particularly old are likely to be more challenging, but does that mean every patient who's none of the above is going to be a cinch? "Anybody can be turn out to be difficult," says Samir Parikh, MD, FACS, FASCRS, of the Riddle Surgical Center in Media, Pa. "Sometimes you see the most average-looking person, someone who should have the easiest colonoscopy in the world, and it turns out they have a redundant colon." Dr. Parikh, who estimates that he's performed close to 15,000 colonoscopies, breaks the population down this way: 50% to 60% are easy, 30% are in the middle, and the remaining 10% or more are tough 8 8 O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | M A Y 2 0 1 5 Difficult Colonoscopies? Are You Ready for The right tools and techniques can get you through unexpected problems. Jim Burger Associate Editor Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN z NO SURE THING The patient you'd expect to be as routine as they come may turn out to be just the opposite.

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