Congratulations on following doctor’s orders and proactively committing to your health!
While it isn’t a topic most people are comfortable talking about, it is important to realize it is very common and there are many treatment options available.
One of the most notable change is lowering the age most people should begin screenings to 45 and even earlier for those with an above average or high risk of developing colon cancer.
Click the link to read the full list of colon cancer screening guidelines.
If it is time to schedule your first colonoscopy, or a follow up get in touch with Colon & Rectal specialists, the Richmond area’s colonoscopy specialists.
The news that you need an anoscopy exam can be alarming, particularly if you’ve never had a rectal exam or colonoscopy in the past. Most patients worry the exam is painful, particularly if the issue in question already causes a level of discomfort.
The good news is that an anoscopy exam is not typically painful, however it may feel slightly uncomfortable and you could experience a small “pinching” sensation if biopsy is necessary.
That being said, any discomfort you experience will be relatively minimal, and you can return to your normally scheduled activities immediately afterwards.
Knowing what’s going to happen, is key to feeling more comfortable and knowledgeable about the procedure, which helps patients to relax. Being relaxed is the single most important thing you can do to minimize any type of discomfort during the exam.
Please join Dr. Vorenberg along with other area health providers for an important discussion of today’s newest technology in health care. Participants will explore topics about minimally invasive procedures that patients may be putting o for various reasons. What used to keep us out of the game for weeks on end, may now just be a quick inconvenience.
Have you heard about Cologuard, wondering what it is or if it can replace a routine colonoscopy?
Cologuard is a fairly new test designed to detect precancerous cells in the colon and rectum. It is a prescription only test so you must see a doctor to obtain the prescription before you can obtain your test kit.
One of the most common questions we get at CRS is “how do I know if my bowel prep is working?
When prepping for a colonoscopy your doctor has probably talked to you about how important the bowel prep process is for accurate results. Residue left behind can make it harder for the doctor to view your colon during the exam – meaning a polyp or other issue might not be seen as clearly or even missed.
The good news is that caught early, colon cancer survival rates are as high as 92%. The bad news is those desirable statistics may only apply to those who catch their cancer while it’s still in the first-stage.
When colon cancer is caught too late, the story can become all-too-common: Someone who patient did, indeed, have symptoms that raised a red flag, but he or she didn’t think they would have cancer because….
When you live with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), abdominal pain, constipation, and diarrhea are regular and unwanted guests.
These common IBS symptoms disappear and reappear; they range from mild, to severe and debilitating. The constant symptom fluctuation makes it difficult to know if and when to seek medical attention and treatment.