Choosing a specialty center for colonoscopy and complex polypectomy instead of surgery for large colon polyps
However, the vast majority of large, non-cancerous colon polyps can be completely removed by colonoscopy at specialized centers, allowing patients to avoid the discomfort and potential risks of partial colon resection. Studies have shown that
It is recommended that beginning at 50 both men and women start being screened for colon cancer. A common screening for colon cancer is a colonoscopy which searches for polyps. An early detection of colon cancer increases survival rates.
Raman Menon, M.D., from the Swedish Colon and Rectal Surgery Clinic, will be speaking at a free upcoming event in Edmonds and answering your questions.The goal of the event is to help you become educated about what a colonoscopy entails in order to ease any anxiety and/or fear you may be experiencing. The event will be interactive and Dr. Menon will explain the role a colonoscopy plays as a preventative measure of colon cancer. He will speak about each step of the colonoscopy procedure and will be available to answer any questions you may have.
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a persistent inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal system affecting over one million Americans. Treatment of IBD often requires altering a patient’s immune response and can increase the risk for infectious complications. To help prevent this, the American Gastroenterological Association and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation have published immunization guidelines for IBD patients. Despite these recommendations, less than half of IBD patients are up-to-date on their recommended immunizations. Studies show that the most common reason for missing vaccinations is the lack of awareness that immunizations are safe and recommended.
If you are immune-suppressed, inactivated vaccines are safe and should be given. I would recommend:
The Stretta procedure is another option to treat GERD.
Diarrhea occurs when the food and fluids you ingest pass too quickly through your colon. Diarrhea can be classified into acute or chronic and its symptoms can be classified as uncomplicated and complicated. Uncomplicated symptoms of diarrhea are abdominal cramping/bloating, thin loose watery stools, and the sense of urgency to have a bowel movements. Symptoms of complicated diarrhea include blood or undigested food in the stool, weight loss and fever. If you have symptoms of complicated diarrhea you need to notify your primary care provider for further evaluation.
As a pediatric gastroenterologist, I’m often asked whether there is any way to prevent a child from developing celiac disease. Based on what I knew regarding how food allergies develop, I used to counsel families that there might be a “window of opportunity”, between four and six months, when it’s possible to introduce grains and other gluten-containing foods that could potentially “teach” the immune system to tolerate gluten and thus lower the risk of developing celiac disease.
However, my “window theory” recently got thrown out the window when the results of two important scientific studies were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
However, these medications may cause harm to the gastrointestinal system: possible bleeding risks, ulcer formation, ischemia, or decreased blood flow to certain areas of the gastrointestinal system which can lead to increased bleeding, vomiting of blood, or blood in the stool. These medications should be ...