A colonoscopy from your gastroenterologists in Hialeah, Coral Gables, Pembroke Pines, and Miami, FL, can protect your health.
Have you had a colonoscopy? No one really talks much about a colonoscopy, but the truth is, this simple procedure can save your life. A colonoscopy is the most effective way to detect colon cancer, which is the third most common cause of cancer-related death in this country.
The doctors at Digestive Medicine Associates offer a wide range of gastroenterology services, including colonoscopy procedures to protect your health. They have convenient office locations in Hialeah, Coral Gables, Pembroke Pines, and Miami, FL.
You should have a colonoscopy if you are:
- 50 years or older
- Experiencing chronic constipation or diarrhea
- Having pain in your abdomen that doesn’t go away
- Experiencing rectal bleeding
- Having tarry or black stools
A colonoscopy uses a thin, flexible tube that has a camera on one end. The tube is inserted in the rectum and guided up through your colon. During your procedure, your gastroenterologist can view the walls of your colon, looking for polyps or abnormal tissue.
The colonoscope allows your doctor to remove small samples of tissue, which may be biopsied to determine if the tissue is precancerous or cancerous. A colonoscopy takes about 45 minutes, and you will be sedated throughout the procedure. You should plan on a recovery period in the office of 2 to 3 hours, and you must bring a driver with you to help you get home.
A colonoscopy can save your life and help prevent colon cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 49,000 people die each year from colon cancer. You don’t want to be one of them, and having a colonoscopy can help.
To find out more about how a colonoscopy can benefit you, ask the doctors at Digestive Medicine Associates by calling (305) 822-4107. You can visit them at one of four office locations in Hialeah, Coral Gables, Pembroke Pines, and Miami, FL, so call today!