As we get older, there are many issues that can increase in risk and it’s important that issues are dealt with before they cause severe complications. One issue that can often affect adults after the age of 50 is known as polyps. These polyps appear in the colon and are often benign. These can cause complications if they aren’t properly dealt with and can even cause cancer. Our gastroenterologists at Houston Digestive Diseases Consultants in Houston, TX, can explain how to detect polyps and what signs may point to them.
Typically, polyps have no symptoms. You may have no idea that you’re dealing with polyps until other issues occur or until you get a colonoscopy. It’s important to get colonoscopies when our gastroenterologist in Houston, TX, recommends them to search for polyps and other issues that may occur in the colon.
Our gastroenterologist can screen for polyps in different ways, and it will often depend on what your risk factors might be and why they may need to test for polyps. The most common way is with a colonoscopy. This allows our gastroenterologist to look inside the colon and spot polyps immediately. This is the most accurate way to detect polyps and get rid of them at the same time.
If a colonoscopy can’t be done, your gastroenterologist might test stool for signs of blood or look into the lower third of the colon with a sigmoidoscopy. Because polyps display no symptoms, your gastroenterologist will screen you regularly to ensure that polyps are being dealt with in a timely manner.
Find out how to deal with polyps. Contact our gastroenterologists at Houston Digestive Diseases Consultants in Houston, TX, to learn more about polyps and how they’re detected. Call for more information at one of our three locations at (713) 777-2555 for the office in Memorial Hermann Southwest, (713) 796-8627 for the office in Smith Tower, and (713) 880-8707 for the office in Memorial Hermann Greater Heights.