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By Advanced Digestive Care
September 25, 2018
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Colonoscopy  

The best way to avoid colon cancer is by visiting your Clearwater, FL, gastroenterologists, Drs. Umesh Choudhry and Gourisankar Degala.Stomach Intestine Lining

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is when your doctor examines the lining of your intestines. They check for abnormalities, like polyps, using a thin flexible tube that's inserted into the anus. The instrument allows your doctor to see what's in the lining on a monitor.

Why do you need a colonoscopy?

A routine visit to your doctor for a colonoscopy is how most people detect cancer during its earliest stages. Board-certified physicians want their patients to schedule an appointment for a colonoscopy, or a flexible sigmoidoscopy, as soon as possible.

Adults aged 50 to 75 are recommended to visit their gastroenterologist on a regular basis, according to the CDC. Colorectal cancer usually begins as a small polyp in the colon.

At first, the polyps aren't cancerous but may develop cancer over time. If you take the proper precautions of screening and keeping an eye out for symptoms, cancer can be treated or prevented.

What are symptoms of colon cancer?

Colon cancer affects thousands of Americans. According to the American Cancer Society's statistics, more than 95,000 people were diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016.

Symptoms aren't always obvious, so keep an eye out for the following, according to your Clearwater doctors:

  • Changes in Bowel Habits: If you are suffering from Colon constipation, or diarrhea, for more than four weeks, that may be a sign of cancer.
     
  • Bloody Stool: Hemorrhoids are usually accompanied by blood in stool, but may also be a sign of a more serious condition like cancer.
     
  • Incomplete Evacuation: If there are constant bowel movements, even if you've just had a bowel movement, then you need to contact your doctor.

Need a consultation?

If you would like more information on colonoscopies and screening procedures, you can contact the doctors at Gastrointestinal Specialists. If you are in Clearwater, FL, call your gastroenterologists, Drs. Umesh Choudhry and Gourisankar Degala to schedule an appointment today!

By Advanced Digestive Care
January 24, 2018
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Colonoscopy  

Have you put off having a colonoscopy? The minimally invasive provides valuable information about the condition of your lower colonoscopiesgastrointestinal tract. Gastroenterologists Dr. Umesh Choudry and Dr. Gourisankar (Shankar) Degala of Advanced Digestive Care in Clearwater, FL, explain why you won't want to put off scheduling a colonoscopy.

Colonoscopies can detect cancer

More than 135,000 people are diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer yearly, according to the American Cancer Association. Before colonoscopies were introduced, the cancers weren't usually detected until they were very advanced. Unfortunately, at that point, the prognosis was not good.

Thanks to innovative technology that spurred the development of miniature cameras and surgical equipment, gastroenterologists can now view the lining of your large intestine (colon) and the lower part of your small intestine remotely.

If a polyp is spotted during your colonoscopy, it will be removed and sent to a laboratory for analysis. Although polyps can be cancerous or pre-cancerous, many of them don't contain cancerous or abnormal cells.

Colonoscopies can reveal the source of your gastrointestinal symptoms

Thanks to colonoscopies, your gastroenterologist can detect the source of your painful symptoms, such as bleeding, strictures, blockages, gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) and Barrett's esophagus. Some conditions can even be treated during the colonoscopy. For example, gastroenterologists can cauterize bleeding areas in the lining of your intestines. Colonoscopies are often used to diagnose the cause of anemia, abdominal pain, change in bowel habits, rectal bleeding, chronic diarrhea or unexplained weight loss.

Colonoscopy is a painless procedure

Before your procedure begins, you'll be given a strong sedative that will prevent pain and ensure that you don't remember anything about the colonoscopy. Once you're sedated, a thin, flexible probe called a colonoscope will be inserted into your anus, then slowly passed through your colon and part of your small intestine. As the colon passes through these structures, a lighted, miniature camera will transmit images to a digital screen. When you wake up, your doctor will explain what he saw during the procedure and explain the next steps, if any are needed. If a tissue biopsy was taken during the colonoscopy, you'll need to return to our Clearwater office in a few weeks to discuss the results.

Colonoscopies help protect your gastrointestinal health. If you're over 50 and haven't had a colonoscopy yet, or are troubled by gastrointestinal symptoms, call gastroenterologists Dr. Choudry and Dr. Degala of Advanced Digestive Care in Clearwater, FL, at (727) 462-0444 to schedule your appointment.

By Advanced Digestive Care
September 29, 2016
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Colonoscopy  

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer in both men and women in the colonoscopyUnited States. A colonoscopy is a diagnostic imaging exam used to screen the large intestine for signs of colon cancer. For most healthy men and women, the standard age for scheduling a colonoscopy is age 50. However, people with certain risk factors, like family history or the presence of polyps and adenomas, are advised to begin screening earlier. Contact Advanced Digestive Care - GastroFlorida in Clearwater, FL for more information on when to schedule your first colonoscopy.

Get a Colonoscopy in Clearwater, FL

The frequency and age at which an individual should obtain a colonoscopy varies from person to person. If the first exam does not find cancer or polyps, a follow up exam is generally recommended within ten years. Depending on the results, a gastroenterologist may recommend a follow up screening within five years or less.

How Does a Colonoscopy Work?

The test is performed with a thin instrument equipped with a small camera on the tip (colonoscope), which allows a gastroenterologist to examine the lining of the colon and rectum (large intestine) for:

  • Polyps and adenomas
  • Ulcers
  • Bleeding
  • Inflammation
  • Tumors

Abnormal tissue and growths can be removed during a colonoscopy for biopsy and further testing.

Who Should Get a Colonoscopy?

Like most forms of cancer, colorectal cancers are easier to treat when they are diagnosed early. Adults with little to no known risk of colorectal cancers are generally advised to schedule their first exam at age 50. Consult a gastroenterologist if you suffer from any of the known risk factors for colon cancer:

  • Age (most common in older adults, although it can affect younger adults in rare cases)
  • Race (more common in African Americans)
  • Family history
  • Lifestyle factors (smoking, sedentary lifestyle, excessive alcohol consumption, low fiber diet)
  • Obesity and diabetes
  • Prior radiation treatments

Find a Gastroenterologist in Clearwater, FL

To learn more about colon cancer screening and your individual risk levels, contact Advanced Digestive Care - GastroFlorida by calling (727) 462-0444 to schedule a colonoscopy today.

By Advanced Digestive Care
May 12, 2016
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Colonoscopy  

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 Gastrodoctor 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!