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This simple diagnostic tool could end up saving your life.
You keep hearing about the importance of a colonoscopy and how everyone needs to get one, but perhaps you don’t understand why this procedure is so important. A colonoscopy allows our Orlando, FL, gastroenterologists to be able to go inside the colon (a part of the large intestines) to be able to diagnose, treat and even prevent certain problems within the lower intestinal tract. You may need to schedule a colonoscopy if,
You’re Dealing with Stomach Problems
One of the most common reasons people get a colonoscopy here at our Orlando, FL, practice is that they are dealing with certain intestinal problems that require additional testing to be able to make a definitive diagnosis. By being able to go inside the colon we can often find the culprit behind your abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, bowel changes, or chronic constipation.
You Just Turned 50
It’s important that everyone, no matter their gender or risk factor for colorectal cancer, gets a routine colonoscopy around the time they turn 50 years old. The good news is that most insurance companies cover a routine colonoscopy screening for your 50th birthday. While it might not be the birthday gift you imagined this screening, could save your life and help you blow out many more birthday candles in the future.
You Have a Family History of Colorectal Cancer
If you have a family history of colorectal cancer or even colon polyps, it’s even more important that you get routine colonoscopies. Talk with our Orlando, FL, GI doctor about whether you should start getting screened earlier than 50.
You Have a Personal History of Colon Polyps
If your gastroenterologist has performed a colonoscopy on you in the past and removed colon polyps before then it’s important that you are coming in every few years for routine colonoscopies. While some polyps are benign, some can turn into cancer. By catching them early and removing them during your colonoscopy we can reduce your risk for colon cancer.
You Are at an Increased Risk for Colorectal Cancer
There are certain risk factors that can increase your risk of colorectal cancer. Some of these factors like genetics and age cannot be altered; however, many lifestyle factors can. These habits include,
- Smoking or using tobacco products
- Leading a sedentary lifestyle
- A poor diet high in processed meats and saturated fats and low in fiber
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- Being overweight or obese
If you’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) these conditions can also increase your chances for colorectal cancer.
With offices in Orlando, Kissimmee and Oviedo, FL, Digestive and Liver Center of Florida is your premier gastroenterology practice here in Central Florida. To schedule a colonoscopy or evaluation call us at (407) 384-7388.
Have you've been meaning to schedule a colonoscopy but just haven't gotten around to calling a gastroenterologist? Making time for this important test offered by the gastroenterologists at the Digestive and Liver Center of Florida could save your life. The doctors have four convenient office locations in the Orlando, Kissimmee and Oviedo, FL, areas.
Why colonoscopies are so important
Colon cancer doesn't usually cause any symptoms in the earliest stages. In fact, you might feel perfectly fine for weeks, months or even years. Unfortunately, by the time cancer did cause symptoms, it would be much more difficult to treat.
Thanks to colonoscopies, it's possible for doctors to detect and treat suspicious lesions and polyps at their earliest stages. The sooner cancer is discovered, the better the chances of a full recovery after treatment.
The American Cancer Society recommends that both men and women receive their first colonoscopies at age 45. The age was recently reduced from 50 to 45 because the procedure has been so successful in detecting cancerous and pre-cancerous polyps.
Colonoscopies are also very helpful if you've been experiencing unexplained weight loss, abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea, a change in bowel movements, rectal bleeding and anemia. The tests help your gastroenterologist diagnose the cause of your symptoms and provide appropriate treatment.
The colonoscopy process
Before you make an appointment for a colonoscopy, you'll visit a gastroenterology office in Orlando, Kissimmee or Orlando. During your visit, you'll discuss your health history and any digestive complaints with the doctor. The office staff will help you schedule a colonoscopy and explain what you need to do to prepare for the test.
You'll need to take laxatives as directed by your gastroenterologist to clear out your large intestine in preparation for your colonoscopy. This crucial step allows your doctor to obtain a clear view of the lining of your colon.
Before your colonoscopy begins, you'll receive a sedative or anesthesia. A thin, flexible scope with a light and a miniature camera will be inserted into your anus and passed through your large intestine. The camera sends images to a digital screen, providing real-time views of every inch of your large intestine.
If your doctor sees any polyps, he'll remove them immediately using special miniaturized tools. He can also take biopsies of suspicious areas and cauterize bleeding areas. After your procedure, your gastroenterologist will discuss the colonoscopy with you. If polyps or lesions are biopsied, you'll need to wait a few days for the results.
Protect your health with a colonoscopy. Call your Orlando, Kissimmee and Oviedo, FL, gastroenterologists at the Digestive and Liver Center of Florida at (407) 384-7388 to schedule an appointment.
Like many forms of cancer, colorectal cancer (cancers of the colon and rectum) are most treatable when detected as early as possible. In fact, many cases of colon cancer can be prevented through early detection of pre-cancerous polyps in the colon. A colonoscopy is a screening test designed to detect polyps and abnormalities in the colon (the large intestine) before they can potentially develop into colon cancer. The gastroenterologists at Digestive and Liver Center of Florida in Orlando offer diagnostic testing and treatment for colon cancer and other diseases of the digestive system.
Schedule a Colonoscopy in Orlando, FL
Colon cancer is the third most common form of cancer for both men and women in the United States according to the American Cancer Society. Some people are at a higher risk of colorectal cancers due to factors like family history among others. Adults with a normal or average risk profile for colon and rectal cancers are advised to begin screenings between ages 45 and 50 (people considered at high risk may need to begin screening earlier).
What a Colonoscopy Can Do
A colonoscopy is a diagnostic test that allows a gastroenterologist (a doctor that specializes in diseases and illnesses of the digestive system) to take pictures and look inside your colon for lesions and potentially pre-cancerous growths known as polyps. The test is performed on an outpatient basis at the doctor's office using an instrument called a colonoscope, a thin flexible tube equipped with a camera that allows the doctor to examine the entire colon and rectum for any abnormalities.
If suspicious-looking tissue or polyps are found during a colonoscopy, they can be removed at the same time and sent for testing (biopsy), making the procedure an important tool in preventing colon cancer before it can grow and spread to other tissue and organs.
Find a Gastroenterologist in Orlando, FL
For more information about colon health and cancer screenings, contact Digestive and Liver Center of Florida today by calling (407) 384-7388 to schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist today.
Colonoscopies provide valuable information about the health of your gastrointestinal tract and can help detect colon cancer. The minimally invasive 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.
A colonoscopy is a test that is used to screen for common digestive disorders and diseases in the colon. It allows doctors to provide necessary early treatments before a colon-related condition becomes life-threatening. Know when and why a colonoscopy is recommended so that you can plan ahead and schedule your exam with a gastroenterologist at Digestive and Liver Center of Florida in Orlando, FL, and Altamonte Springs, FL.
What Is a Colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is the most reliable and accurate way for your doctor to view the inner lining of your colon. Your gastroenterologist uses a special tool called an endoscope to look at the inside of the large intestine. The endoscope is a long, flexible tool that will allow your doctor to see the expanse of the anus, rectum, and colon on a screen. It can spot polyps that could be precancerous, ulcers, and inflammation. Your doctor can remove any polyps or abnormal growths through the endoscope during the procedure.
Why Is This Test Recommended?
Colorectal cancer has a relatively high fatality rate when it isn't treated early, which is why it is so important for people of a certain age and medical history to have their colon checked with this test. These are some of the reasons why your Orlando, FL gastroenterologist may recommend a colonoscopy:
- There is severe stomach pain or blood in the stool.
- Bowel problems, including diarrhea and constipation.
- Patients who have reached age 50, especially men, are often strongly advised to have their first colonoscopy.
- If there is a family history of colon cancer or digestive disorders, your doctor may suggest a screening.
What to Expect
For the colonoscopy test to be successful, you must closely follow the instructions provided by your gastroenterologist. Before the appointment, you must agree to a liquid diet for a few days and take laxatives to clear the colon so that the endoscope will have clear passage. You will be sedated to ensure that you're relaxed during the procedure. The entire visit shouldn't take more than an hour, and you'll need to have someone help you home afterwards.
Ask Your Gastroenterologist
If you're not sure if you should have a colonoscopy, schedule time to speak with a gastroenterologist. Call (407) 384-7388 today for an appointment with a gastroenterologist at Digestive and Liver Center of Florida in Orlando, FL, and Altamonte Springs, FL.
Find out why a gastroenterologist may recommend a colonoscopy.
Most people have heard of colonoscopies but most people don’t really understand why they are needed. Whether you are experiencing questionable GI symptoms or not, our Orlando, FL, gastroenterologists are here to tell you about the situations in which a colonoscopy may be advised and what you can expect when you come in for this procedure.
What is a colonoscopy?
This in-office diagnostic procedure is a great way to check the health of your large intestines, or colon. A thin, flexible tube is inserted into the rectum. At the end of the tube is a small camera that allows our Orlando GI doctors to be able to check the lining of the colon and to detect any abnormalities, polyps or signs of colorectal cancer.
Who should consider getting a colonoscopy?
Even if you’ve never had any issues with your intestines or gastrointestinal system it doesn’t mean that you can’t benefit from a colonoscopy. In fact, it’s recommended that all men and women should start getting routine colonoscopies by the time they turn 50 years old. This is because the risk of colorectal cancer increases as you get older. A colonoscopy is the very best screening tool to catch cancer during its earliest stages when it’s much easier to treat.
Everyone should schedule a routine colonoscopy by the time they turn 50 years old. If everything looks healthy we may recommend that you only come in every 10 years for this procedure. If we do find and remove one or more colon polyps then we may recommend coming in every five years.
Of course, this procedure isn’t just used to detect colorectal cancer. A colonoscopy is a great diagnostic tool for those dealing with unexpected bleeding, abdominal pain, unexpected or sudden weight loss, bowel changes or persistent constipation or diarrhea. If you are dealing with unexplained or sudden intestinal symptoms a colonoscopy may be the best way to figure out what’s going on so that you can finally get the treatment you need to feel better.
Digestive and Liver Center of Florida in Orlando, FL is here to keep your GI tract feeling its best. Whether you are dealing with a chronic digestive disorder or you just turned 50 years old, we are here to ensure that you get the proper care you need.
Screening and diagnostic colonoscopies help protect your gastrointestinal health. The Orlando, FL, gastroenterologists at Digestive and Liver Center of Florida discuss this important test.
Colonoscopies offer a remote view of your large intestine
Colonoscopies allow gastroenterologists to view the lining of your large intestine without surgery. Miniature lights, cameras, and tools are attached to the end of a thin, flexible scope passed through your anus into your intestine. The scope transmits the images to a digital screen that your doctor views.
Why are colonoscopies recommended?
Colonoscopies are often used to find the source of gastrointestinal problems or screen for colon cancer. Screening colonoscopies are recommended at age 50 because more than 90 percent of people who develop the cancer are 50 or older, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology. If you have had colon cancer in the past or at high risk of developing it, your gastroenterologist may recommend that you have your first colonoscopy before age 50.
What happens during a colonoscopy?
You can help ensure that your gastroenterologist has a clear view of your large intestine by following all the instructions you receive regarding colonoscopy prep. Although drinking the fluids that trigger diarrhea and making frequent trips to the restroom may not be pleasant, preparation is an important aspect of every colonoscopy.
You won't remember anything that happens during your colonoscopy because you'll receive a sedative or general anesthesia. After your gastroenterologist inserts the scope into your anus, he or she will slow pass it through your intestine. At the same time, gas will be inserted into your intestine to make it easier to see the digestive tract lining. If polyps are detected, they'll be removed during the procedure, then sent to a laboratory to determine if they're benign, pre-cancerous or cancerous.
After the colonoscopy, you'll spend about an hour in the Orlando recovery room to make sure that you have no ill effects from the sedative or anesthesia. Although you'll probably feel perfectly fine, you won't be able to drive until the next day. Your gastroenterologist will discuss the test with you before you leave, but you may also be asked to schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss your symptoms and lab results.
Is it time for your first colonoscopy, or are you concerned about a gastrointestinal illness? Call Digestive and Liver Center of Florida in Orlando, FL, at (407) 384-7388 to make an appointment.