Posts for: May, 2016
Has your gastroenterologist suggested a colonoscopy, but you're not sure if you really need one? Your Clearwater, FL, gastroenterologists, Dr. Gourisankar Degala and Dr. Umesh Choudhry of Advanced Digestive Care, explain how the test can help you.
What happens during a colonoscopy?
Years ago, surgery was the only way to get a good look at the lining of your intestines. Thanks to technological advancements, your doctor can view the intestinal lining by using a tiny camera attached to a thin, flexible scope. The scope is inserted into your anus and gently threaded through your large intestine and the lower part of your small intestine. As the scope passes through each section of your intestine, the camera transmits the image to a computer monitor, allowing your gastroenterologist to immediately spot any areas of concern.
Why do gastroenterologists recommend colonoscopies?
- It's your birthday: A screening colonoscopy is an essential tool in the fight against colon cancer. The test is recommended for everyone, male and female, at age 50. Colon cancer often has no symptoms in the early stages. By the time pain and other symptoms develop, the cancer is often very advanced and more difficult to treat. In the years since the colonoscopy was first introduced, the rate of death due to colon cancer has steadily declined. If your first colonoscopy doesn't reveal any problems, you won't need another for 10 years, in most cases.
- To check for polyps: These tiny growths develop on the lining of your intestines and rectum and are much more common after age 50. Polyps may be cancerous or may eventually become cancerous if they're not removed. During your colonoscopy, your Clearwater doctor can not only spot polyps but can also remove them at the same time using a special tool.
- Your have pain or other symptoms: Your gastroenterologist may also recommend a colonoscopy to find the cause of chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain, chronic constipation, changes in bowel habits, unexplained weight loss, rectal bleeding or anemia.
Have you recently turned 50 or are you concerned about a gastrointestinal problem? Call Your Clearwater, FL, gastroenterologists, Dr. Gourisankar Degala and Dr. Umesh Choudhry of Advanced Digestive Care, at (727) 462-0444 and schedule an appointment to discuss a colonoscopy. Reduce your risk of colon cancer with a screening colonoscopy!