Our approach is one of careful and thorough assessments with the aim of correct diagnosis and problem-solving.
We also aim to empower our clients with the knowledge to better understand and manage their condition.
We want all our patients to be informed decision makers and fully understand any health issues of the digestive system. Dr. Schneider is devoted to his patients and is an advocate for health screening and treatment.
Colonoscopy lets a gastroenterologist look inside your large intestine from the rectum through the colon to the lower end of the small intestine.
The procedure checks a variety of gastrointestinal symptoms, including unexplained changes in bowel habits or the cause of bleeding from the rectum.
It’s also used to look for early signs of cancer in the colon and rectum.
A colonoscopy is the most accurate and effective screening for colon cancer and you don’t need a referral for a screening at Gi Doc Jhb.
Colon cancer screening can be lifesaving; don’t let any of these myths stop you from getting screened and taking an active role in your health.
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Myth #1: It’s Too Embarrassing
Gastroenterologists understand that a colonoscopy is a potentially embarrassing experience for patients, and do all they can to make them comfortable — from providing a curtain for undressing, a private room, and blankets to stay warm and covered.
Patients can also make an appointment with their gastroenterologist before the procedure to meet face to face and ask any questions that will help them feel more comfortable.
It can also help to remember that we have performed hundreds of colonoscopies and consider the colon the same way they would any other organ.
Myth 2: “If I don’t have any symptoms, I don’t need a colonoscopy.”
Colon polyps often don’t cause any symptoms. It’s not until they’ve transformed into full-blown colon cancer that symptoms may arise.
The whole point of a colonoscopy is to remove these polyps before they become cancerous. The prevalence of polyps increases with age.
Therefore even older individuals should keep up with colon cancer screening. If you have a family history of colon cancer you should speak with your physician about when to begin routine colonoscopy screening.
Myth 3: The Procedure is very Uncomfortable
A colonoscopy is a pain-free procedure that is usually done under anesthesia. The procedure itself takes only 30 minutes and you can resume normal activities the next day.
Myth 4: Colonoscopies Carry a High Risk of Complications
Complications during or after colonoscopy are very rare. The bottom line is your risk of developing colon cancer is far higher than your risk of suffering a complication due to a colonoscopy.
It is, however, important to schedule your colonoscopy with a physician who is certified to perform this procedure.
Myth 5: I’ll Have to Take a Week Off from Work
At most, you’ll need to take off the day you’re drinking your prep – since you’ll be spending a good part of the day in the bathroom – and the day of the procedure. You’ll be foggy from the anesthesia and probably drained from a day of cleansing.
Myth #6: Colonoscopy is Difficult to Prepare for
Preparing for a colonoscopy is a very simple process and involves following a liquid diet for one day before the procedure.
Preparation also involves cleaning the colon with the help of prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Typically these are liquid drinks that you must consume a day or two before the procedure.
Myth #7: Screening Colonoscopy is Expensive, and I won’t be able to Pay for It
A screening colonoscopy is covered by insurance. The out-of-pocket cost to the individual is usually minor.
Patients should discuss with their insurance companies what their out-of-pocket costs might be.
Myth #8: Colonoscopies aren’t Necessary for Women
Colorectal cancer affects men and women in nearly equal numbers. It’s not only a man’s disease; therefore, screening for colonoscopies are for everyone.
Ask your gastroenterologist when you should begin screening. Colon cancer is in the top 4 cause of cancer deaths for men AND women around the world.
Myth #9: Everyone Should Start Screening at the Age of 50
Not necessarily. For people with an average risk of colorectal cancer, it’s a good idea to start regular screenings at age 50.
But if you have a higher risk, your gastroenterologist might want to get you started earlier.
You may be at high risk if you have:
- A personal or family history of colorectal cancer or certain types of polyps
- A personal history of inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
Myth #10: When you are Diagnosed with Colon Cancer, it has Spread to Other Parts of your Body
This is not true. The majority of patients diagnosed with colon cancer can be treated and will go on to live normal lives.
The earlier we identify the problem area, the less likely the tumor will have spread to other parts of your body.
Myth 11: “There’s Nothing I Can Do to Prevent Colon Cancer.”
Colon cancer is strongly associated with lifestyle choices such as exercising, eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight are a few simple steps people can take to reduce and lower their the risk of colon cancer.
Obesity, physical inactivity, consumption of red meats (beef and pork, for example) and processed meats (like lunch/deli meats, hot dogs and sausage), a diet low in fiber, smoking, and alcohol use are all associated with an increased risk of a patient getting colon cancer.
DISCLAIMER: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
The information on this website is to provide general guidance. In no way does any of the information provided reflect definitive medical advice and self-diagnoses should not be made based on information obtained online. It is important to consult a Gastroenterologist or medical doctor regarding ANY and ALL symptoms or signs including, but not limited to: abdominal pain, haemorrhoids or anal / rectal bleeding as it may a sign of a serious illness or condition. A thorough consultation and examination should ALWAYS be performed for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Be sure to call a physician or call our office today and schedule a consultation.