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Colorectal cancer affects nearly 150,000 new patients a year. However, this common and life-threatening disease is highly preventable. A colonoscopy can detect colorectal cancer long before symptoms present themselves. This makes this procedure incredibly important, especially for people who are over the age of 50. Get more information on colonoscopies with help from your Troy, MI doctors at Gastrointestinal Specialists.
What is a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a medical procedure which allows doctors to visually see the lining of the rectum and colon. The procedure is performed using a colonoscope, a long, thin tube with a camera attached to the end. Doctors use colonoscopy procedures as a preventative measure for cancer as it can detect the presence of precancerous growths called polyps. A colonoscopy can also investigate the warning signs of gastrointestinal issues.
When is a colonoscopy recommended?
It is recommended that men and women over age 50 who are at average risk for developing cancer undergo a colonoscopy test at least every 10 years. This allows doctors to find and remove precancerous polyps, which could prevent colorectal cancer altogether. At-risk patients might need a colonoscopy more often. Symptoms of gastrointestinal irritation like rectal bleeding, sudden or unexplained weight loss, chronic diarrhea, constipation or irregular stools often require a colonoscopy to allow your doctor to find the root cause of the problem. Additionally, treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and investigation into the cause of an abnormal MRI or CT scan also call for a colonoscopy.
What can I expect during a colonoscopy procedure?
Before a colonoscopy, your doctor will require you to perform a colon cleanse which consists of drinking a special solution and maintaining a clear liquid diet. This lasts one to two days and empties the colon for the test. The day of your test, your doctor will give you a sedation medication to help you relax. You may fall asleep during the procedure. Your doctor inserts the colonoscope into the anus and moves it through the rectum and colon. Air is used to inflate the colon so your doctor can see its lining properly. If necessary, tiny tools threaded through the colonoscope help your doctor biopsy the tissue or remove polyps. After the test, you will recover for about an hour. Due to the medications, someone will need to drive you home after the procedure. You may then return to your normal diet.
For more information on gastrointestinal issues or colonoscopies, please contact your doctor at Gastrointestinal Specialists in Troy, MI. Call (248) 273-9930 to speak with an associate about scheduling your appointment for a colonoscopy today!
Find out more about this medication and how it can treat certain gastrointestinal disorders.
Has your Troy, MI gastroenterologist recently diagnosed you with Crohn’s disease and prescribed Remicade® to help treat your symptoms? Right now you may have a lot of questions both about your condition and this medication. We are here to answer as many of your questions as possible so that you can breathe a little easier.
When is Remicade® often recommended?
The purpose of this medication is to provide long-lasting results rather than just temporarily alleviating the symptoms of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Remicade® is often used for treating those with moderate to severe cases, and also for those who have not responded well to other treatments.
How do I take Remicade®?
Your gastroenterologist in Troy, MI will administer this medication through an IV so that the treatment can immediately go to the bloodstream and start working. Remicade® will be administered at 0, 2 and 6 weeks. After these three initial phases you will then be given maintenance treatments about every 8 weeks.
Are there any side effects?
As with any treatment there are always the possibility of side effects. This medication can lower your immune system, which can leave your body more susceptible to infection. Patients with heart failure should let us know of your medical condition prior to this treatment as some patients with heart failure aren’t right for Remicade®. Learn more about yourrisks before starting this medication.
Will I still need Remicade® therapy if I start to feel better?
Some patients will experience a remission from symptoms once they start their maintenance therapy. Even though you may feel better you should continue your therapy sessions in order to sustain your remission.
Of course every patient is different and will have their own personal questions. That’s why your Troy GI specialists are here to help. Turn to Gastrointestinal Specialists for all of your gastrointestinal needs.
Welcome to the Blog of Gastrointestinal Specialists PC
Gastrointestinal Specialists PC would like to welcome you to our blog. Here you will find informative and useful postings about gastroenterology and our practice.
At Gastrointestinal Specialists PC we believe that educated patients are better prepared to make decisions regarding the health of their digestive system. Our blog was designed to provide you with the latest gastroenterology developments and valuable health advice from our dedicated team.
Gastrointestinal Specialists PC hopes you find our blog to be a great resource for keeping up to date with proper digestive health care and treatments.
We welcome all comments and questions.
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