Your Colonoscopy: 7 Common Myths Debunked

Everyone has reasons for not getting a colonoscopy. Often, it’s based on misunderstandings – both about the procedure and about colon cancer, says Carol A. Burke, MD, Director of the Center for Colon Polyp and Cancer Prevention in Cleveland Clinic’s Digestive Disease Institute. People may not realize that colon cancer is one of the most … Read More

After Rare Transplant a Man Can Eat Again

Some of us fret about overeating during the holidays. People with serious digestive diseases wish they had that problem. For nearly two years a 47-year-old Alabama man named Kevin Decker couldn’t eat at all. Because he had no colon or small intestine, he developed short bowel syndrome, where the body cannot absorb enough nutrition because … Read More

Removing a Colon Through a Belly Button (Video)

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