Colon Cancer

shutterstock_185896376Colon cancer is one of the most preventive cancers of today, yet it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Many people avoid preventive screenings due to perceived discomfort and embarrassment. Advanced symptoms, however, make treatment options more difficult or nearly impossible. Regular screenings save lives.

The most commonly performed GI procedure, a colonoscopy is used to help detect colon cancer and other diseases. Central Florida Gastroenterology offers a minimally invasive, nearly pain-free approach in performing colonoscopies. During the procedure, a flexible video endoscope is advanced through the colon to find and remove precancerous polyps. Systematic removal of polyps can reduce the risk of developing colon cancer by 90%.

Patients are administered a sedative during the procedure and monitored closely throughout by one of our highly trained, certified nurse anesthetists. The sedative we use in our procedures results in our patients experiencing a much faster recovery time without the grogginess common to other sedatives and provides our Gastroenterologists with better polyp detection rates.

An endoscopy (EGD) is performed to examine the upper gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach, and the first portion of the small intestine, called the duodenum. The procedure involves using a long, flexible, fiber-optic tube called an upper endoscope.

The American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) recommends endoscopies be performed by physicians who have completed formal training in endoscopy and who have completed a residency or fellowship in gastroenterology, colorectal surgery, general surgery or pediatric surgery.