Letter: Can you have a colonoscopy without sedation?

So what about me? Why did I choose to get sedation? Surely I could have toughed-out the pain of the procedure, right? I truthfully think I would have been fine without sedation. However there is one thing that I've learned from being a physician who does procedures for a living: Sometimes there are unintended bad consequences of going against the standard of care.

Letter: What to do when the colonoscopy prep doesn’t work?

But what if it's too late? If you're reading this while in the midst of a potentially failed bowel prep don't despair! There are many ways to salvage a bowel prep and still have a safe, high-quality colonoscopy the next day. It all depends on what time you take action; If you wait until 2 hours before the procedure is scheduled than nothing can be done, but if you're already having issues the night before you can totally recover from this and be fine. This is what I usually recommend...

What causes colon polyps?

Roughly half of all cases of colon cancer (and by extension, colon polyps) are a result of modifiable risk factors. These are the things that you can control. If we know what these risk factors are, maybe we can make better choices...

How exactly does alcohol cause liver problems?

Alcohol is basically poison that people ingest willingly for pleasure, but just how much alcohol does it take to poison your liver? First we need to understand what alcohol does to the liver once ingested.

When all the tests are normal

"The doctors all said my test results were normal. Are they missing something?" Don’t discount this common cause of gastrointestinal distress without some careful introspection first.

Why is my butt so itchy?

The offending food was loosely related to poison ivy, and I was eating large quantities of it for the few days before the itching started as we just bought a big container of these delicious little things…can you guess what I’m referring to?

Gas, bloating, and belching: What’s food got to do with it?

Gas, bloating, belching- YIKES! Although these are normal parts of our digestion and bodily processes, too much can be uncomfortable and embarrassing! Read along as Clinical Dietician Nutritionist Stefani Pappas shares some tips on eliminating gas and bloating through diet.

How do I get rid of this horrible smelly gas?

So how do we prevent our colon from acting like a cesspool? Keep things moving by eating plenty of non-gaseous fiber, drinking lots of water, getting regular exercise, and pooping regularly. But what if you're doing all of those things and still suffering from constipation and foul gas?

My family member has H. pylori. Should I get checked too?

What is the point of treating one member of the family for H. pylori if he or she is just going to get reinfected by other people living in the house that also have the infection? Just how contagious is H. pylori?