The human gut contains a hundred trillion bacterial microbes that are fundamental to optimal health. Our metabolism, body weight, immune function, digestive system and other critical functions are influenced by the health of these microbes. Research also shows that a healthy gut has mental health benefits — i.e., we are less likely to have depression […]
Colorectal cancer is an incredibly serious public health issue, as it is the third most common cancer diagnosed among Americans and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women combined. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 104,000 new cases of colon cancer and 43,000 new cases of rectal cancer will […]
One of the most common questions that the doctors at Piedmont Colorectal Associates receive from patients facing colorectal cancer is whether they will lose their colon due to treatment. The answer varies from patient to patient, depending on the severity and location of the cancer. In general, if cancer is found at a very early […]
When a surgeon scans the intestinal tract with a colonoscope, one of the goals is to find small, benign growths known as polyps. The problem with polyps is that they don’t always remain benign. Over time they can become malignant, spreading cancer throughout your colon and beyond. Below, the experienced Atlanta-area doctors of Piedmont Colorectal […]
For patients undergoing their first colonoscopy, the day of the procedure can bring a mixture of apprehension and relief. The relief comes from the knowledge that soon there will be no need to ingest large amounts of prep liquid, and the daily special on the home menu will no longer be beef bouillon or lime […]
Five centuries ago a great artist, scientist and inventor wrote: “Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” That man was Leonardo da Vinci himself, and today his eloquent principle has been wondrously applied to a surgical system which bears his name, a robotic assistant that translates the vision of the surgeon […]
Colonoscopy has long been the gold standard in colon cancer screening. Over the past decade, advances in technology and surgical technique have significantly reduced the level of discomfort involved. And yet, there is still one element of the procedure that intimidates many prospective patients: the exacting preparation routine. Here, the experienced Atlanta-area doctors of Piedmont Colorectal […]
Patients dealing with chronic colon conditions may benefit from colectomy. Depending upon the type of disease, all or part of the colon may require removal. The doctors at Piedmont Colorectal explain the details regarding colectomy.
Regular screenings for colon cancer save lives. Of that there is no doubt. Early detection can find polyps before cancer invades them. The doctors at Piedmont Colorectal present the various options patients now have in colon cancer screening.
Small, bulging pouches in the lining of the intestinal tract, known as diverticula, often cause no problems. However, if these pouches become infected, severe issues can result. The renowned surgeons at Piedmont Colorectal will offer the appropriate treatment based on the condition’s severity.