You’ve got the report from your colonoscopy. What do terms like “sessile” and “pedunculated” mean? And which colorectal polyps will most likely lead to cancer? A colorectal surgeon explains.
It’s hard to say precisely how common flat polyps are because results are subject to variation between examiners and techniques. But doctors performing colonoscopies are finding them more easily and treating them more successfully as techniques improve. Today, the incidence of flat polyps hovers around 10 percent. Still, they too often go undetected and unrecognized … Read More
What surgery is done without any incisions? People hear “surgery” and they think “scalpel” or “scar.” But today, there are surgeries that can be performed without one cut, such as transanal endoscopic microsurgery, or TEMS. This procedure is performed entirely through the anus and rectum and offers an effective, quick-recovery treatment to completely remove large … Read More
The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2017 alone, 95,520 people will be newly diagnosed with colon cancer and 39,910 will be diagnosed with rectal cancer. Discover the truth about your risk of colorectal cancer from a colorectal surgeon.
Prepping for a colonoscopy is not anyone’s idea of a good time. But improvements in the liquid you drink and the timing of the prep are making the whole process easier to swallow.
Not so long ago, surgeons needed to make a 10- or 15-inch incision in a person’s abdomen to remove a person’s colon. Today, a person’s entire large intestine and rectum (which make up the colon) can be removed leaving only a coin-sized scar hidden in a person’s belly button. In my practice, I remove one … Read More
A newer kind of test, called next-generation sequencing panels, could help identify more people with genetic changes that predispose them to colorectal cancer.