Preparing for Your Colonoscopy


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 […]

When Is a Colectomy Advised?


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.

Screening Options for Colon Cancer


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.

What Is Diverticulitis?


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.

What to Eat for a Healthy Colon


What you eat has a significant impact on the health of your colon. That fact largely explains why rates of colorectal cancer are so much higher in countries that favor high-fat, low-fiber diets. The doctors of Piedmont Colorectal Associates remind you that even if you live in a place with a high density of golden […]

Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer No One Should Ignore


What do screen legend Audrey Hepburn, comedian Milton Berle and Peanuts creator Charles Schultz have in common? Apart from lives that brought smiles to millions, they all share the sad distinction of having lost a battle with colorectal cancer. At Piedmont Colorectal Associates, we know that this virulent disease strikes rich and poor, the famous […]

Tips for Caregivers Facing a Loved One’s Cancer Diagnosis


Caregiving can be emotionally and physically daunting. You must navigate a busy schedule of doctors’ appointments and medical treatments while worrying about your loved one’s diagnosis and future. It is understandable that you may feel overwhelmed. It may comfort you to know that you are not alone, and there are plenty of resources and support […]

Blood After Wiping: When It’s a Cause for Concern


Seeing blood on toilet paper or in stool can be alarming, but common. In many cases, the causes of rectal bleeding are not life-threatening and can be easily treated. In other cases, however, rectal bleeding can be a sign of a serious problem. Rectal bleeding or blood in stool is a common reason patients visit […]

What Happens If a Colon Polyp Is Cancerous?


Colorectal cancer screenings find tissue growths on the inside lining of the colon, called polyps. If a polyp is found, it will be removed and tested to determine whether it is benign, precancerous or cancerous. Most polyps are benign or precancerous. However, if laboratory testing determines that a polyp has cancerous cells, treatment options will […]

What to Know If You Have a Family History of Colorectal Cancer


It is estimated that one in four patients have a family history of colorectal cancer; that is, they have an immediate family member or multiple family members with cancer or polyps. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, it is very important to take precautions. Piedmont Colorectal Associates explains what you need to […]