Your time is valuable…so STOP wasting it! We are proud to announce that we offer open access colonoscopies. This service allows anyone to call into our office and make an appointment without an initial meeting– ultimately saving and time and money!
Prepping for your Colonoscopy
Have you heard of the revolting liquid that some doctors require their patients to drink before their colonoscopies? Some say it’s the most difficult part of a colonoscopy! We have great news—we use the pill prep method. No liquid needed!
During your Procedure
During your colonoscopy, you will lie on your side on an examination table. In most cases, a light sedative is used– deeper sedation may be required in some cases. Throughout the entire procedure, we monitor vital signs and will make you as comfortable as possible.
Colonoscopies usually take 15 to 30 minutes. Cramping or bloating may occur after the procedure. Traditionally after a colonoscopy, patients felt tired and groggy as the sedative took time to completely wear off. Now, we offer new anesthesia that eliminates the drowsiness. You can expect to remain at the clinic for about 30 minutes after the procedure. Full recovery is expected by the next day. Always remember –discharge instructions should be carefully read and followed.
To schedule your open access colonoscopy call—678-957-0057.
Did you know each year more than 145,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer, and almost 50,000 people die from it annually in the United States? The disease, however, is largely preventable with regular screening and is treatable with early detection.
What is Colorectal Cancer?
Colorectal cancer (also referred to as colon cancer) is a cancer that develops in the colon or the rectum. These parts of the digestive system are also called the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The digestive system processes food for energy and rids the body of solid waste. Colorectal cancer usually develops slowly over a period of many years. Before a cancer develops, it usually begins as a non-cancerous polyp. A polyp is an abnormal growth of tissue lining the colon or rectum.
Colorectal cancer is often present in people without symptoms. That is why it is imperative for people over the age of 50 to talk to their doctor about getting screened. According to research, African Americans and Hispanic Americans are at a higher risk for the disease than other populations, and should start screening even earlier.
Colon cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States in both men and women. This month is the perfect time to start fighting back. For more information visit http://www.screen4coloncancer.org– a web site dedicated to educating patients about colorectal cancer and what can be done to prevent it.