How do I prepare for my upcoming colonoscopy?

The preparation for your upcoming colonoscopy is just as crucial as the colonoscopy itself. Your doctor’s evaluation is only as good as the preparation for the bowel that you have done. All instructions for your colonoscopy will be provided to you prior to your appointment. Generally, you will be given dietary guidelines for the 2-3 weeks prior to and a laxative regimen immediately before your scheduled colonoscopy to ensure your colon is clean enough for examination. For more information please visit our colonoscopy bowel prep page

What can I eat after hemorrhoid surgery?

After a hemorrhoid surgery, it’s essential to stick to a healthy diet. More specifically, a diet primarily of soft and easily digestible foods at least for the first few days. We recommend foods like soups, mashed potatoes, yogurt, and well-cooked vegetables. Avoid spicy and greasy foods during your recovery.

How long does the recovery usually take after colorectal surgery?

Recovery times vary depending on the specific procedure and individual factors. We specialize in minimally invasive approaches such as Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery to help reduce your hospital length of stay and recovery afterwards as much as possible. However, generally speaking, patients can expect a few weeks of recovery after anorectal work or having a colon resection. We’ll provide you with detailed post-operative instructions specific to your procedure to help ensure a smooth healing process.

What are the common symptoms of colorectal issues that I should be aware of?

Common symptoms can include changes in bowel habits, rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, and discomfort during bowel movements. If you’re experiencing any of these, it’s important to schedule a consultation for proper evaluation.

Will I need anesthesia for my surgery?

Yes, most colorectal surgeries require some form of anesthesia. The type of anesthesia used will depend on the procedure and your medical history. Our team will discuss your options and address any concerns you might have.

What's the difference between a colonoscopy and a sigmoidoscopy?

A colonoscopy examines the entire length of the colon, while a sigmoidoscopy only looks at the lower part (sigmoid colon and rectum). Your doctor will recommend the appropriate procedure based on your medical history and symptoms.

How can I manage constipation effectively?

Staying hydrated, consuming fiber-rich foods, and maintaining regular physical activity can help prevent constipation. If you’re still experiencing issues, a full evaluation which includes radiologic studies and a full history and physical by your physician is needed. If your constipation is bothering you and is not responding to hydration and a diet high in fiber contact us to schedule your evaluation.

Is there any non-surgical treatment for anal fissures?

In many cases, non-surgical treatments like dietary changes, fiber supplements, and topical medications can help heal anal fissures. If these approaches don’t work, we can explore other options during your consultation.

What's involved in the evaluation of colorectal cancer?

Evaluations for colorectal cancer typically include a combination of colonoscopy, imaging tests, and possibly a biopsy. Early detection is crucial, so if you have concerns or risk factors, please schedule an appointment for a thorough evaluation.

Can I drive myself home after my procedure?

Depending on the type of anesthesia used and the procedure performed, you might not be able to drive yourself home. We recommend arranging for a friend or family member to pick you up after your procedure to ensure your safety.