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By Vikram Jayanty, M.D. PA
July 19, 2021
Category: GI Care

Colon cancer screenings are an important part of preventive healthcare. Getting a screening for a condition takes place even before a person is experiencing symptoms. That way, the doctors can detect any warning signs early enough to treat the disease before it advances. Screenings help save lives.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends getting a colon cancer screening regularly once you turn 45. However, there may be other circumstances that lead you to need screenings before then. If you are due for a colon cancer screening in Houston, TX, or are unsure if you need one, reach out to Dr. Vikram Jayanty.

Types of Screenings

Your doctor can utilize a few different methods for your colon cancer screening, which will be specific to you and your needs. However, here are a few of the most common types of colon cancer screenings:

  • Stool tests
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • CT colonography

You and your gastroenterologist, Dr. Jayanty, will discuss these methods for colon cancer screenings in Houston, TX, to decide which will be best for you.

How To Know If You Need A Screening

If you are over the age of 45, you should be regularly screened for colon cancer. However, if you or a close relative have had colon cancer or colorectal polyps in the past, your doctor may recommend you get screened for colon cancer even before you turn 45, and possibly more often than most. Additionally, if you have an inflammatory bowel disease or a genetic condition, such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or Lynch syndrome, you may also need to be screened early and often.

If you feel you may be at a higher risk for colon cancer, talk to Dr. Jayanty today about a colon cancer screening in Houston, TX. We can be reached at (713) 932-9200 for questions or to make an appointment today!

By Vikram Jayanty, M.D. PA
May 04, 2021
Category: GI Care
Tags: Rectal Bleeding  

Darkened stools or bright red blood on toilet paper are signs of rectal bleeding. The cause could be hemorrhoids, intestinal polyps, or something more serious like colorectal cancer. See a gastroenterologist if you have signs of rectal bleeding. Dr. Vikram Jayanty, the experienced gastroenterologist at the Houston Endoscopy and Research Center in Houston, TX, can diagnose the cause of rectal bleeding and recommend specific treatment options.

Causes of Rectal Bleeding

Rectal bleeding can occur in conjunction with other symptoms, such as pain or pressure in or around the rectum. Bright red blood might be evident in your stool, the toilet, or your underwear. Additionally, stools that are dark red, maroon, or black in color, or that appear tarry are an indication that rectal bleeding has occurred. Rectal bleeding can also be associated with feeling confused, dizzy, or light-headed. Fainting sometimes occurs, as well.

There are many possible causes of rectal bleeding. It is often a symptom of another condition, such as an ulcer or a gastrointestinal disorder. Some common causes of rectal bleeding include:

  • Hemorrhoids
  • Ulcers or intestinal polyps
  • Diverticulitis or diverticulosis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • A fistula or anal abscess
  • An anal fissure
  • Colorectal cancer

How a Gastroenterologist Can Help

If you are experiencing rectal bleeding, a gastroenterologist can help. Our highly skilled gastroenterology team utilizes several methods and procedures at our practice in Houston, TX, for diagnosing the cause of rectal bleeding. Some of the tests that can be performed include:

  • Stool Tests — A stool sample is collected and examined for blood and abnormal DNA.
  • Sigmoidoscopy — A procedure for examining the lower colon and lining of the rectum using an endoscope that contains a tiny camera for transmitting images to a monitor that can be viewed immediately.
  • Colonoscopy — A procedure for examining the entire colon and rectal lining using a camera-equipped endoscope for transmitting and viewing images in real-time.
  • CT Colonography — Computed tomography (CT) scanning technology is used to scan images of the entire bowel for closer examination.

One or more of these tests might be performed to determine the exact cause of your rectal bleeding. Upon determining the exact cause of the bleeding, the doctor can recommend an appropriate treatment for the bleeding, as well as the underlying medical condition.

If you are experiencing rectal bleeding, we can help. Schedule an appointment with  Dr. Jayanty to learn more about our procedures for diagnosing the cause of your rectal bleeding by calling the Houston Endoscopy and Research Center in Houston, TX,  at (713) 932-9200.

By Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
December 11, 2020
Category: GI Care
Tags: Abdominal Pain  

Abdominal pain is a common complaint for many people. Although pain often goes away fairly quickly, lingering or severe pain may be a sign that it's time to call Dr. Vikram Jayanty, your gastroenterologist in Houston, TX.

Common causes of abdominal pain

Constipation or indigestion may be the cause of minor, short-term abdominal pain. If food is the culprit, your pain may disappear in just a few hours, while pain due to constipation will ease after a bowel movement.

More serious causes of abdominal pain can include appendicitis, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcers, hernias, gallstones, kidney stones and intestinal blockages. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is another possible cause of abdominal pain. Although flareups can be very painful, IBS usually doesn't cause any damage to your gastrointestinal tract.

When should I contact the gastroenterologist?

It's a good idea to call the Houston gastroenterology office if:

  • You have severe pain: Severe pain should be evaluated by your gastroenterologist. If you have severe pain and can't reach your doctor immediately, go to the emergency room. It's also important to go to the emergency room if your abdominal pain is accompanied by shortness of breath, dizziness and nausea, or the pain radiates to your arm or jaw.
  • You've had pain for at least a week: Make an appointment with your gastroenterologist if you've had mild to moderate pain for a week or more.
  • You're constipated: Call your gastroenterologist if constipation lasts more than three or four days. If constipation starts suddenly and is accompanied by severe pain or vomiting, go to the emergency room.
  • Your pain keeps returning: Did your pain disappear for a few days only to suddenly return? Persistent pain, even if it doesn't occur every day or seems mild, should also be evaluated.
  • You feel sick: Do you feel unwell or have a fever in addition to your abdominal pain? Let your doctor know as soon as possible.
  • You're bloated or have diarrhea: If abdominal pain accompanied by bloating or diarrhea lasts longer than a few days, you need to see your gastroenterologist.
  • You've lost weight: Contact your doctor if your weight is dropping even though you haven't been trying to lose weight.

Is abdominal pain a frequent problem for you? Call your Houston, TX, gastroenterologist, Dr. Jayanty, at (713) 932-9200 to schedule your appointment.

By Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
July 22, 2020
Category: GI Care

Could you benefit from getting a colon cancer screening?

There comes a time when everyone should turn to a gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy. After all, it is the most effective colon cancer screening tool that our Houston gastroenterologist Dr. Vikram Jayanty offers. With colorectal cancer rates rising in the US, particularly with younger individuals, it’s important to understand when a colon cancer screening could benefit you.

It’s time to consider getting a colon cancer screening in Houston if,

  • You are a man or woman who just turned 50 years old
  • You have a family history of colorectal cancer
  • You have a personal history of cancer or colon polyps
  • You are dealing with symptoms of colon cancer such as rectal bleeding, bowel changes, abdominal pain and unexpected weight loss
  • You have been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease

Most healthy individuals can start getting regular colon cancer screenings at the age of 50; however, men and women who have risk factors for colorectal cancer may want to talk with their gastroenterologist about getting screened earlier.

What are the risk factors associated with colorectal cancer?

There are certain factors associated with colorectal cancer that are fixed. These factors include,

  • Genetics/family history
  • Ethnicity (African Americans are more at risk)
  • Age (most people diagnosed with colorectal cancer are over 50 years old)
  • Certain genetic disorders
  • Certain health problem such as IBD
  • Personal history of colorectal cancer or colon polyps

However, there are risk factors that you can alter to improve your health and reduce your risk. These factors include,

  • Being overweight
  • Leading a sedentary lifestyle
  • Eating a poor diet high in processed meats and saturated fats
  • Smoking
  • Heavy drinking

As you can see, there are changes you can start making to your current lifestyle to reduce the likelihood of colorectal cancer. This includes,

  • Losing excess weight
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Quitting smoking
  • Limiting alcohol consumption
  • Eating a healthy, plant-based diet

Not sure what changes you should make to improve your colon health? Talk with your doctor. If you need to schedule your first colon cancer screening with our Houston team or you have questions about the other gastroenterology services we offer, don’t hesitate to call Houston Endoscopy and Research Center at (713) 932-9200 to schedule an appointment.