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Posts for: August, 2019

By Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
August 28, 2019
Tags: Colonoscopy  

Many times colon cancer starts as a harmless polyp within the intestines or rectum. While many polyps are benign some of them can turn cancerous. Of course, polyps don’t always cause symptoms so many people may have them and not even know it. This is where turning to our Houston, TX, gastroenterologist Dr. Vikram Jayanty for diagnostic gastroenterology care is important for everyone.

By getting a routine colonoscopy you can greatly reduce your risk for developing colon cancer. In fact, this form of cancer is highly treatable, especially when caught early on. So, who should get a colonoscopy? Everyone.

There are some myths out there that say that women don’t need to get colonoscopies but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Both men and women can develop colon cancer; therefore, everyone can benefit from this effective screening tool. Once a person turns 50 years old this is the time to turn to your Houston, TX, GI doctor for a colonoscopy.

What is involved in getting a colonoscopy?

The procedure itself is minimally invasive and performed within 30-60 minutes. The length of the colonoscopy will depend on certain factors including whether or not our gastroenterologist detects and has to remove polyps during the procedure.

During a colonoscopy, a thin flexible tube with a camera at the end is carefully guided into the rectum and through the colon to look for any changes, bleeds or other abnormalities that could be early warning signs of colorectal cancer. Before this procedure, an IV will be administered and the patient will be given pain medication and sedation to help them feel relaxed and sleepy. While you may feel some mild cramping during the procedure you shouldn’t feel pain.

How often does someone need to get a routine colonoscopy?

If your results come back normal and you are at a low risk for colorectal cancer then you may not need another colonoscopy for 10 years. Those at an increased risk for colorectal cancer, as well as those who have a history of colon polyps may need to get colonoscopies more regularly. This is something that we can discuss with you.

What symptoms may warrant a colonoscopy?

Of course, a colonoscopy can also be used as a way to determine the source of certain symptoms such as abdominal pain, changes in bowel movements, blood in the stool and unexpected weight loss.

Whether you are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms that have you concerned or you’ve just turned 50 years old, it’s time to call Houston Endoscopy and Research Center today to schedule an appointment with us. With over 25 years of experience, our Houston, TX, GI specialist will ensure that you get the very best care possible.