Why Should I Get a Colonoscopy Done On-Schedule?
A colonoscopy reveals health concerns ranging from gastrointestinal (GI) problems to colon cancer, helping your physician recommend the appropriate treatment. Having this exam conducted as directed can mean the difference between undergoing a preventive procedure and requiring surgery to address an active threat to your wellbeing. The timeline is different for everyone, as current health considerations and history play a role in determining your risk for GI issues.
Protecting Your Wellbeing
Colonoscopies can increase your life expectancy, especially when cancer is discovered. Surgery during the condition’s earlier stages proves to be much more effective. Cancer can metastasize (spread) to other areas of the body, so late-stage procedures may not be as successful in entirely removing diseased tissue. In many cases, colorectal cancer does not produce obvious symptoms until it has advanced significantly.
GI issues, on the other hand, are not always life-threatening and may have obvious symptoms including bloating, excess gas, stomach discomfort, stool retention, or digestive issues. Visit a gastroenterologist when you notice these signs. They may recommend a colon exam, which reveals specific diseases, infected tissues, or other health concerns. Based on the findings, treatment may involve lifestyle changes, medication, or surgery.
When to Get a Colonoscopy
First, visit your doctor to discuss any colorectal concerns you’re experiencing and determine if a colonoscopy is appropriate. Men and women at moderate risk for disease should have this exam performed around age 50. People with a personal or family history of certain GI conditions are considered high-risk and may be recommended to receive a colonoscopy before age 50. This is to your benefit, as colon and other intestinal cancers can easily go unnoticed. A preventive approach minimizes the potential for adverse outcomes and ensures you receive the proper treatment at the right time.
Contact Surgical Associates of Houston
Dr. Zhen Fan performs robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery to addresses gastrointestinal concerns or colon cancer, reducing recovery time and restoring your health completely. If you’re looking for minimally-invasive surgical care, contact our Memorial City and Bellaire general surgeon.
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