COLON CANCER SCREENING

Colorectal cancer screening is recommended for all adults age 50 and older.  Those with a family history of colorectal cancer should begin their screening at age 40 or sooner. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States, and is highly preventable with timely screening.

COLONOSCOPY

Colonoscopy is more precise than x-ray for the diagnosis of many colorectal problems, including the detection and removal of pre-cancerous polyp growths within the lining of the colon.  During a colonoscopy procedure, a long and thin, flexible tube with a small camera inside is carefully inserted into the rectum and manipulated through the colon.  Small and medium sized polyps and growths can safely be removed with the scope, and may avoid the need for invasive surgery.

UPPER ENDOSCOPY

An EGD (esophago-gastro-duodenoscopy) is similar to a colonoscopy procedure, but is used to detect upper digestive problems of the esophagus and stomach (such as stomach ulcers, gastric acid reflux with long term heartburn, and hiatal hernias of the stomach).  A long and thin, flexible tube is carefully inserted into the throat, esophagus, and stomach to investigate for problems or signs of disease.

PAIN MANAGEMENT

Our goal is to keep you as comfortable as possible during your procedure.  WIth moderate sedation through an IV, you will feel drowsy and may sleep throughout the procedure, but will easily awaken when spoken to or touched. You may or may not remember being in the procedure room.

Davidson Surgical Associates Endoscopy Suite is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare, Inc.  For more information, please visit their website:

http://www.aaahc.org/eweb/StartPage.aspx