Make the Best Choice for Your Endoscopic Procedure

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Colorectal cancer

Commonly called colon cancer – is preventable. The best way to beat it is to stop it before it starts. A gastroenterologist can perform a screening procedure to detect and remove precancerous polyps before they become malignant. More than 60% of cancer deaths could be avoided through regular screening. Colonoscopies save lives. The most effective screening method is a colonoscopy, a visual examination of the entire colon (large intestine) using a lighted, flexible endoscope. The procedure is painless and typically performed on an outpatient basis. (And it saves lives.)

What you should know about colon cancer:

  •  It affects women and men of all ethnicities. 
  • It’s the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. 
  • It’s most often found in people aged 50 and older.
  • In its early stages, there are often no symptoms.

Symptoms

Early stage colon cancer may not present symptoms. However, symptoms of advanced stages include rectal bleeding, blood in the stool, change in bowel habits, abdominal cramping, decreased appetite or weight loss. If any of these signs occur at any age, evaluation with a gastroenterologist is critical to diagnose the condition. We have listed additional information in the side column of this page.

Other Gastrointestinal Concerns - Our team of specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with gastrointestinal diseases.  To assist you in achieving optimal health, we have listed some information regarding gastrointestinal conditions, procedures, and treatments available. 

This information was developed by the Publications Committee of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). For more information about ASGE, visit www.asge.org.

This information is intended only to provide general guidance. It does not provide definitive medical advice. It is important that you consult your doctor about your specific condition.

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Endoscopy can provide an accurate diagnosis of conditions such as a bleeding duodenal ulcer.

Why Should You Choose an ASGE Member for Your Endoscopic Procedure?

Having an ASGE member perform your endoscopic procedures ensures that you are in the hands of someone who is highly trained. Physicians and surgeons who are members of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) have highly specialized training in endoscopic procedures of the digestive tract, including upper GI (gastrointestinal) endoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS).

ASGE members undergo a rigorous application and screening process and are recognized by the medical community as knowledgeable, experienced experts in gastroenterology and GI surgery who, in addition, have advanced training in gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures.

ASGE members have demonstrated proof of rigorous endoscopic training. The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy is the only medical society that requires documentation of specific training in GI endoscopic procedures.

In an upper endoscopy, the physician passes an endoscope through the mouth and into the esophagus, stomach and duodenum.

How will your GI endoscopist work with your primary care physician?

ASGE physicians usually work on referral from your primary care physician. Your GI endoscopist will communicate with your primary care physician about the results of your endoscopic procedure. Together, they will determine what is appropriate for treatment, follow-up visits and/or if future endoscopic exams are needed.

Is your physician an ASGE member? Ask.

Make the best choice. If you need an endoscopic procedure, ask your primary care doctor to recommend a specialist in gastrointestinal endoscopy who is also an ASGE member. ASGE members are distinctively qualified to perform the gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures that your primary care physician or other healthcare provider recommends and to work with you and your primary care provider on issues of digestive health.

Find an endoscopist in your area.

ASGE can help you find a GI endoscopist in your area. It's easy. Visit the ASGE Web site at www.asge.org and click on the Find an Doctor. By typing in your zip code, the Find a Doctor program will give you a list of the ASGE members in your area. Remember, you can always ask if your physician is an ASGE member.

Need more information on endoscopy or colonoscopy?

ASGE offers additional materials on GI endoscopy and endoscopic procedures including brochures on Upper GI Endoscopy, Endoscopic Ultrasound, ERCP, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy and Colonoscopy on the ASGE Web site at www.asge.org as well as other useful information on digestive health and gastrointestinal problems.

In a lower endoscopy, the physician passes the endoscope through the rectum and into the colon.

Make the Best Choice for Your Endoscopic Procedure-An ASGE Gastrointestinal Endoscopist

ASGE Active Physician Members have met the following rigorous requirements:

  • Unlimited medical license.
  • Graduation from an accredited medical school and completion of a residency program.
  • Documented evidence of formal training in gastrointestinal endoscopy under the supervision of certified gastroenterologists or gastrointestinal surgeons - ASGE is the only society that requires evidence of such training.
  • Finally, ASGE Active Members must provide evidence of professional competence through sponsorship by at least one member who has personal knowledge of the applicant's endoscopic training and skills.

Be certain your physician meets the high standards of ASGE membership.

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