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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.
Learn more about this common diagnostic procedure and why it’s performed at out New Lenox office.
Are you dealing with stomach pains or other gastrointestinal issues? If so, our New Lenox, IL, gastroenterologist, Dr. Kamran Ayub, may recommend getting an endoscopy, a diagnostic test that will allow your doctor to be able to see the lining of the digestive tract to detect issues. Before you get an endoscopy here’s what you should know...
What is the purpose of an endoscopy?
This nonsurgical procedure is used for both diagnostic and treatment purposes. During this procedure, a thin, flexible scope is placed into the body either through the mouth or the rectum to check specific regions of the gastrointestinal tract. Attached to the end of this scope is a camera, which allows our GI doctors to monitor and detect issues.
An endoscopy may be used if you are experiencing,
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Bowel changes (e.g. persistent constipation or diarrhea)
- Colon polyps
- Abdominal pain
- Gastritis or stomach ulcers
- Trouble swallowing
An endoscopy can also allow our gastroenterologist to stop active bleeds or remove polyps. Sometimes gallstones that have already moved into the bile duct can also be removed through a simple endoscopy.
How long will the procedure take?
In most cases, an upper endoscopy will only take about 10-15 minutes while a colonoscopy can take up to 30 minutes (this will depend on whether or not we find polyps that need to be removed). The recovery process usually takes no more than 45 minutes.
Will I be asleep during my endoscopy?
In most cases, you’ll be under the effects of an anesthetic known as twilight or conscious sedation. This form of anesthesia is administered through an IV, and while you may fall asleep or remember nothing about the procedure, you will be able to respond if spoken to.
Are there any side effects associated with an endoscopy?
If you are undergoing an endoscopy, you may experience a very minor sore throat or scratchiness once the endoscope is removed. If you have to undergo a colonoscopy you may experience some gas or cramping afterward.
Need an endoscopy? Give us a call!
If you are dealing with symptoms that could indicate that you are dealing with stomach, intestinal, or colon issues, then it’s time to turn to our expert gastrointestinal team. We have three offices in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, to serve you. Call us today at (708) 475-5233 to schedule an appointment.