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Posts for: February, 2019

February 12, 2019
Tags: Colonoscopy  

Colonoscopies provide valuable information about the health of your gastrointestinal tract and can help detect colon cancer. The minimally Colonoscopyinvasive procedure, offered by the gastroenterologists of Digestive and Liver Center of Florida in Orlando and Altamonte Springs, FL, provides valuable information about the health of your gastrointestinal system.


What happens during a colonoscopy?

Colonoscopies allow gastroenterologists to view the lining of your intestines without surgery. During the test, your Orlando or Altamonte doctor inserts a thin, lighted probe into your anus and gradually passes it through your large intestine and the lower part of your small intestine. The probe contains a tiny camera that sends images of your intestines to a digital monitor. Thanks to this important technology, your gastroenterologist can detect polyps, lesions or bleeding in the intestinal lining.

Before the test begins, you'll receive pain medication and a sedative. When you wake up, you probably won't remember anything about your colonoscopy.


Do I really need a colonoscopy?

For years, 50 was the recommended age for a first screening colonoscopy. Recently, the American Cancer Society lowered the age to 45 in order to ensure that cancerous and pre-cancerous polyps are detected promptly. As colon cancer often doesn't cause symptoms until it's quite advanced, a colonoscopy can literally save your life. If your gastroenterologist does see any polyps, he or she will remove them and send them to a laboratory for testing. Small tissue samples can also be removed for biopsy during the procedure.

If your initial colonoscopy is normal, you probably won't need another colonoscopy for 10 years. More frequent colonoscopies may be recommended if you've had colon cancer or polyps in the past.

Colonoscopies are also used to diagnose gastrointestinal conditions. Your gastroenterologist may recommend a colonoscopy if you have chronic diarrhea or constipation, abdominal pain, anemia, unexplained weight loss or rectal bleeding. In addition to diagnosing these conditions, special instruments can also be used to stop bleeding.


Can I drive home?

You'll need to ask a friend or family member to drive you home from your colonoscopy, as lingering effects of the sedative could affect your reaction time if you drive. You may pass a little gas after the colonoscopy, but most people feel perfectly fine, although a little hungry.

Protect your health with a colonoscopy! Call the gastroenterologists of Digestive and Liver Center of Florida in Orlando and Altamonte Springs, FL, at (407) 384-7388 to schedule an appointment.

Are you in need of an alternative solution towards a weight-loss goal for this new year? If you answered "yes" to that question, then I highly encourage you to consider joining us on 2/26/19 from 6-8 pm! This treatment is made a solution for those that suffer from Obesity. Aspireassist is a quick 15 minute procedure that is performed under "Twilight Anesthesia." General anesthesia is usually not required. This treatment works by reducing the number of calories absorbed by the body, helping the patient make gradual lifestyle changes. Having this procedure allows a patient to remove up to 30% of food from the stomach before the calories are absorbed by the body. Hence, leading to a gradual, and healthy form of weight loss.

To add more value to this program, a patient would also have the opportunity to connect with a professional in Lifestyle Counseling on a one-on-one setting to receive the support and motivation needed to sustain and prolong results. The best part of this option is that if you are unsatisfied for any reason, this procedure is reversible! If the costs are a concern to you as a patient, this procedure is more affordable than a traditional bariatric surgery. We will have a representative hosting a Free Informational Seminar to covers the full scope of what this procedure can offer a patient. Our very own Dr. Harinath Sheela will be joining us that evening to answer any questions any guest (s) may have regarding this FDA-approved, non-surgical procedure.  **This will be held at our Dean Rd location** 

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Join us for the latest up-to-date information on Aspireassist!

Be well. 


Dr. Atallah, and Dr. Larach are known as two of the elite colorectal surgeons in the health world. Dr. Atallah is a Professor of Surgery @ UCF College of Medicine. He most recent success includes his completion of two consecutive terms as Chairman of the Department of Colorectal Surgery at Florida Hospital (AdventHealth). Moreover, Dr. Atallah is involved in other roles as Director of Research and Clinical Trials at the Digestive and Liver Center of Florida, Director of The Division of Colorectal Surgery at the Endo-Surgical Center of Florida, and Director of Colorectal Surgery at Oviedo Medical Center. In his own words, he states "I may wear a few different hats, but my most gratifying job is taking care of patients...this is the best part about being a doctor...having the privilege to help those in need!"  What is really intriguing about his position in the World of Health is how he and Dr. Larach have collarobated to invent the world's first TAMIS operation. This is essentially a method of treating cancer in a minimally-invasive way.

Dr. Larach has released a wide array of articles on Colon and Rectal surgery. In addtion, he has been selected as a "Top Doctor in Orlando" by the Orlando Magazine for several years. He is also a known pioneer of various Laparoscopic surgical procedures. Furthermore, Dr. Larach serves as a Clinical Associate in both UCF, and FSU. Subsequently, he works the role of Associate Director of International Advisory Affairs @ The International Society of University of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.