Do I need a colonoscopy?
|Family/personal history of colorectal cancer|
|Family/personal history of colorectal polyps|
|Age 50 or older without symptoms|
|Rectal bleeding (bleeding is never "normal")|
Call us: 317.841.8090 or 800.872.5123 in Indiana
Our Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
We know that with less cutting comes a higher quality of life, reduction of patient costs, and a quicker return to full activity. We wrote the book on minimally invasive colon surgical techniques and our center is Indiana's champion of laparoscopic colon cancer treatment. We offer cutting edge scarless surgeries (single incision laparoscopic surgery or SILS), and robotic surgery (Da Vinci) with the benefit of 3D imaging technologies and greater preservation of sexual function which can be damaged in conventional pelvic procedures.
We embrace new surgical techniques that are proven to result in higher quality of life and less postoperative discomfort. Some exciting up and coming techniques we offer in anorectal surgery include:
artificial sphincter implantation
procedure for prolapse and hemorrhoids (PPH)
stapled transanal rectal resection (STARR)
transanal endoscopic microsurgery procedure (TEM)
In colonoscopy, experience makes results and our center has over 50,000 complication-free colonoscopies since 1979. During video inspection of the colon our surgeons can sweep the bowel of polyps (polypectomy), spray vital dyes to reveal cancers (chromoendoscopy), bolster intestinal walls against swelling, constrictions, and blockage (stent placement), clot bleeding vessels, mark tumors for removal and remove contained cancer.
Noninvasive in-house tests and treatments often won't take longer than a lunch break. A patient with hemorrhoids and 20 minutes can shrink their hemorrhoids with the simple application of a band (band ligation) or treatment with a laser (infrared photocoagulation). A 10 minute Botox injection to relax the sphincter stimulates healing of anal fissures. And diagnostic exams can measure anal sensation and muscle pressure (manometry) and image the rectal muscles to pinpoint rectal masses or fistulas (endoanal ultrasound) within half an hour.
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"We believe that those individuals who seek our care should receive the most courteous, compassionate, and current care available. This care should be given with dignity and respect. All of us at Colon & Rectal Care Center seek to give the best, to be the best. One day, each of us may well be seeking care and we will expect no less."Colon & Rectal Care Physicians
A regular colonoscopy every ten years after 50 is the single proven method of cancer prevention. No supplement can verifiably prevent colon cancer, but playing the odds could preserve your life. Consider:
According to present knowledge the following vitamins and micronutrients may be cancer protective:
Exercise speeds up the digestion, minimizing the bowel’s exposure to toxins in our food waste. The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons recommends exercise that last for at least 20 minutes, three or four times a week.
Unlike heart and lung cancer, quiting cigarettes does not reverse or lower the risk of colon cancer, although the longer you smoke the greater the risk. Alcohol and tobacco used together is a particularly deadly cocktail linked to colorectal and other gastrointestinal cancers.
The right diagnosis can be the difference between life and death. Please do not self diagnosis or self medicate. Every year we see patients who either put off seeing a doctor or make a treatment decision based on inadequate information. Frequently and tragically this can be a fatal error. Be sure you have the unadulterated facts before deciding how to treat your ailment. (more)