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Learn more about colon polyps and whether this could be an early sign of colorectal cancer.
Have you or a loved one just been diagnosed with colon polyps? If so, it's only natural to have questions about it. Here in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, there is no better person to turn to for answers than gastroenterologist, Dr. Kamran Ayub. He has extensive experience with colon polyps and other colorectal problems.
What are colon polyps?
A polyp is a growth that usually develops within the large intestines or rectum, and it is one of the most common colorectal problems today. Some polyps are benign and harmless, while other types may be precancerous or cancerous. This is why it’s important to have polyps detected and removed right away during a routine colonoscopy.
What are the risk factors for colon polyps?
While anyone can develop colon polyps, there are certain factors that can increase the chances of the condition. These factors include,
- Being over 50 years old
- Having a family history of polyps or colorectal cancer
- Smoking or using tobacco products
- Being a heavy drinker
- Having a past history of polyps
- Leading a sedentary lifestyle
- Being overweight
What are the signs and symptoms of colon polyps?
The problem is that many people don’t realize that they have polyps in the first place. In fact, the first time our patients usually find out they have polyps is when a doctor performs a routine or diagnostic colonoscopy for other issues.
While symptoms aren’t common, those with colon polyps may experience,
- Rectal bleeding or bleeding with bowel movements
- Bowel changes (e.g. recurring diarrhea or constipation)
- Mucus draining from the rectum
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it’s important to visit one of our offices in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, or Joliet, IL, right away.
How is a colon polyp detected?
Your gastroenterologist may use any of these tests to look for the presence of polyps,
- CT colonography
- Barium enema (X-ray)
How are polyps treated?
To err on the side of caution, all colon polyps should be removed since there are no tests that can detect with 100 percent accuracy whether or not a polyp is benign or could turn cancerous. Fortunately, a polyp can easily be removed during a simple colonoscopy.
Concerned? Give us a call
If you are looking for a gastroenterologist in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, or Joliet, IL, to provide you with a colorectal cancer screening or other gastrointestinal care, then call our office today at (708) 475-5233 to schedule your next visit.
When it comes to matters involving your digestive tract, stomach, and colon, a gastroenterologist is the doctor to consult with. GI specialists also help patients with matters involving the pancreas, gallbladder, liver and other organs involved in the elimination of waste. Here are some of the most common frequently asked questions that patients have for gastroenterologists.
What Does a Gastroenterologist Do?
A gastroenterologist is tasked with studying, managing and treating disorders involving the gastrointestinal tract. They diagnose potential problems that stand in the way of your body’s ability to comfortably and easily digest food, move it through the body and get rid of waste. It’s important that your gastrointestinal system is healthy so that your body absorbs the nutrition it needs for energy and vitality. GI doctors undergo rigorous training in this specialized area of medicine for five or six years after medical school.
What Tests Are Needed?
There are a number of tests that a gastroenterologist may recommend depending on your digestive concerns. Here are a few of the most common ones:
- Colonoscopy (checks rectum, colon, and intestinal tract)
- Upper GI endoscopy (checks esophagus and upper gastro system)
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy (similar to a colonoscopy, but only examines a portion of the colon)
- Endoscopic or abdominal ultrasound
- Abdominal Angiogram
- CT enterography
What Treatments Are Administered?
If a problem is identified in the gastrointestinal tract or system, there are a number of possible solutions your GI doctor may explore:
- Polyp removal (done with an endoscope)
- Esophageal, colonic, duodenal or bile duct stent placement (allows the comfortable passage of bodily fluids, solids, and waste)
- Cecostomy (clears bowels)
- Surgical procedures (such as bowel surgery, appendectomy, colostomy, proctectomy, gastric bypass surgery, etc)
Ask More Questions at Your Initial Appointment
Whatever specific questions you may have for a gastroenterologist, they are best addressed at your first visit.
You should make this important appointment when recommended by your primary physician or when you have symptoms of a GI problem (bleeding, chronic constipation or diarrhea, heartburn, and similar concerns).
Call Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP in New Lenox, Joliet, Or Oak Lawn, IL to schedule a consultation today.