Questions to Ask When Searching For a Colorectal Surgeon


If you have been diagnosed with a colorectal issue, one of the most important decisions you will make regarding your health involves your choice of surgeon. Piedmont Colorectal Associates explains what to look for when searching for a colorectal surgeon and the questions to ask to help determine your decision.

How Does Stress Affect Your Digestive System?


You may not realize just how in sync your brain and gut are. They constantly communicate with each other, sending signals back and forth via the vagus nerve. Because your brain and gut have such a close relationship, your gastrointestinal system is highly sensitive to your emotions, including stress. If you find yourself in a […]

Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Pregnancy: What To Know


Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a spectrum of conditions, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, that cause inflammation of the digestive tract. Women with pre-existing IBD who wish to have children are often curious about how IBD and IBD treatments impact pregnancy. Most women with IBD have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. However, according to […]

What Is the Difference Between a Gastroenterologist and a Colorectal Surgeon?


It is easy to confuse gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons, as there is some overlap between the two fields. For example, both providers can perform colonoscopies and treat some of the same conditions, such as hemorrhoids. However, there are inherent differences in the way gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons train as well as the care they provide. […]

March Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month


President Clinton officially declared March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in 2000, bringing much-needed attention to the prevalence and gravity of the disease. At Piedmont Colorectal Associates, we hope to help spread awareness about colorectal cancer throughout the month of March and share actionable steps to help prevent it from affecting the lives of […]

Ulcerative Colitis vs. Crohn’s Disease: What To Know


Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are very similar; in fact, many people confuse the two diseases since they seem interchangeable. However, distinguishing between ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease is important, as there are key differences in the way they are managed. Read on as the team at Piedmont Colorectal Associates shares what to know about […]

Advice for the Young Colorectal Cancer Patient


Though colorectal cancer was once regarded as a disease affecting mostly older adults, or adults over the age of 50, data shows a sharp increase in the rate of cases in younger age groups. Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that colorectal cancer cases are rising in adults between the ages […]

What Are the Warning Signs of Diverticulitis?


Research suggests that more than half of people in the United States over the age of 60 have diverticulosis, which is the presence of small pouches called diverticula that form in weak spots of the intestines. Many people with diverticulosis do not know they have it until the pouches become inflamed or infected by bacteria […]

4 Reasons Why a Colonoscopy Isn’t As Bad As You Think


Are you putting off scheduling a colonoscopy because you are worried about the procedure or the preparation? You are not alone. The idea of undergoing a colonoscopy can make even the bravest person wary. But a colonoscopy is not as bad as you may think. The Piedmont Colorectal Associates team explains why in this post.

Probiotic vs. Prebiotic


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 […]