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As with any procedure, there are risks associated with a colonoscopy. Before obtaining your consent for the procedure, the doctor will tell the patient about the potential risks.

  • The most common side effects are cramping pain and abdominal swelling caused by the air used to inflate the colon during the procedure.
  • If a biopsy is performed during the procedure, the patient may see small amounts of blood in the bowel movements after the examination. This may last a few days.
  • Though rare, there is potential for the colonoscope to injure the intestinal wall, causing perforation, infection, or bleeding.
  • Although this test is very helpful in finding the cause of many digestive diseases, abnormalities can go undetected.
  • When this test is performed, the patient will be given sedating medications to make the test more comfortable. Whenever a medication is given, a risk of an allergic reaction or side effect of the medication itself is present. 

Bright red blood in the toilet bowl when you move your bowels could be a sign of hemorrhoids, which is a very common condition. In fact, 75 percent of Americans over the age of 45 have hemorrhoids, according to the NIDDK.

Treat this common digestive condition by eating more fiber, drinking more water, and exercising. Over-the-counter creams and suppositories may provide temporary relief of symptoms. Visit Lee Eugene MD for regular check up. Sometimes hemorrhoids need to be removed surgically.


November 23, 2015
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Did you know?! Muscles contract and relax in the esophagus to push food down to the stomach — it works even when you’re upside down!


November 10, 2015
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Gastritis is inflammation of the protective lining of the stomach. Acute gastritis involves sudden, severe inflammation, while chronic gastritis involves long-term inflammation that can last for years if it’s left untreated. So the next question is what causes gastritis?

Weakness in your stomach lining allows digestive juices to damage and inflame it, causing gastritis. Having a thin or damaged stomach lining raises your risk for gastritis. Also, certain conditions and activities increase your risk for developing gastritis.

A gastrointestinal bacterial infection can cause gastritis. The most common is infection with Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that infects the lining of the stomach. It’s usually passed from person-to-person, but it can also be transmitted through contaminated food or water.


Did you know?!? Lactose intolerance is the inability to break down a type of natural sugar called lactose. Lactose is commonly found in dairy products, such as milk and yogurt. A person becomes lactose intolerant when his or her small intestine stops making enough of the enzyme lactase to digest and break down the lactose. When this happens, the undigested lactose moves into the large intestine. The bacteria that are normally present in the large intestine interact with the undigested lactose and cause symptoms such as bloating, gas, and diarrhea.


November 10, 2015
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Did you know?!? Saliva in our mouths plays a key role in initial digestion by moistening the food to help with the mechanical chewing and swallowing process. Saliva also contains an enzyme which starts the chemical digestion of starchy foods.


13 Resources for Colon Cancer Financial Assistance

Colon cancer can be a burden, not only physically or emotionally, but financially as well. But you're not alone.

We've compiled a list of places that can help with colon cancer financial assistance, with the help of Colon Cancer Alliance and Chris 4 Life.




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