Do I need a colonoscopy?

 
Yes
 
No
   
 
 
  Family/personal history of colorectal cancer
 
 
  Family/personal history of colorectal polyps
 
 
  Age 50 or older without symptoms
 
 
  Rectal bleeding (bleeding is never "normal")
 
 
  Abdominal pain

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General Information

Call us:  317.841.8090 or 800.872.5123 in Indiana

Our Hours:  Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm

We know that with less cutting comes a higher quality of life, reduction of patient costs, and a quicker return to full activity. We wrote the book on minimally invasive colon surgical techniques and our center is Indiana's champion of laparoscopic colon cancer treatment. We offer cutting edge scarless surgeries (single incision laparoscopic surgery or SILS), and robotic surgery (Da Vinci) with the benefit of 3D imaging technologies and greater preservation of sexual function which can be damaged in conventional pelvic procedures.

We embrace new surgical techniques that are proven to result in higher quality of life and less postoperative discomfort. Some exciting up and coming techniques we offer in anorectal surgery include:

artificial sphincter implantation

  • an alternative to colostomy for some patients
  • success rate 70-85%
  • first performed in Indiana by our surgeons

procedure for prolapse and hemorrhoids (PPH)

  • less pain
  • less blood loss
  • less time loss from work

stapled transanal rectal resection (STARR)

  • relieves constipation
  • improves rectal emptying
  • satisfaction rate of 85%
  • first performed in Indiana by our surgeons

transanal endoscopic microsurgery procedure (TEM)

  • avoids need for colostomy
  • shorter recovery time
  • shorter hospitalizations

In colonoscopy, experience makes results and our center has over 50,000 complication-free colonoscopies since 1979. During video inspection of the colon our surgeons can sweep the bowel of polyps (polypectomy), spray vital dyes to reveal cancers (chromoendoscopy), bolster intestinal walls against swelling, constrictions, and blockage (stent placement), clot bleeding vessels, mark tumors for removal and remove contained cancer.

Noninvasive in-house tests and treatments often won't take longer than a lunch break. A patient with hemorrhoids and 20 minutes can shrink their hemorrhoids with the simple application of a band (band ligation) or treatment with a laser (infrared photocoagulation). A 10 minute Botox injection to relax the sphincter stimulates healing of anal fissures. And diagnostic exams can measure anal sensation and muscle pressure (manometry) and image the rectal muscles to pinpoint rectal masses or fistulas (endoanal ultrasound) within half an hour.

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People Helping People

"We believe that those individuals who seek our care should receive the most courteous, compassionate, and current care available. This care should be given with dignity and respect. All of us at Colon & Rectal Care Center seek to give the best, to be the best. One day, each of us may well be seeking care and we will expect no less."

Colon & Rectal Care Physicians

If I am diagnosed with an illness or begin to suffer new symptoms, should I consider seeking alternative medical therapy such as herbs, vitamins, or acupuncture?

Much of the public has the impression that physicians and members of groups offering alternative medical therapies disagree on all topics and one must choose to be treated by one or the other. This is a myth. The reality is that there are many sources of people and organizations whose purpose is to help patients with all sorts of ailments. The problem lies in the legitimacy of what these groups and individuals have to offer. In the United States, the medical system has worked hard to establish mechanisms, such as American Board certification, to weed out physicians failing to demonstrate adequate judgment in treating patients. Also, there is great emphasis placed on “evidence based medicine”. This refers to practice parameters and protocols established based upon appropriately analyzed data accumulated on various subjects. The quality of that data is carefully sorted to determine the degree of legitimacy to proposed conclusions. This provides the foundation on which the physician bases their recommendations for patients.

Unfortunately, this same level of commitment to accuracy, experience, and quality of results is not found as uniformly in some of the alternative medicine options that are offered to patients. This is not at all to say this is the case for all alternative medicines. One just needs to be extremely careful in accepting claims that seem overly optimistic, especially in comparison to those options listed by your physician. For example, advertisements that offer a “cure for cancer” that is not offered by your medical doctor is exceedingly unlikely to truly “cure” you of cancer. In fact, it may cause an unnecessary delay in the best treatment for you and may even harm you. It is paramount that you ask pointed questions regarding studies with real patients that have been done to show outcomes that support their claims. It is also important to verify that those patients actually had cancer that was proven and not just suggested by symptoms.

The Federal Trade Commission is targeting false and unsubstantiated health claims on the internet through Operation Cure All. And there are other attempts to protect patients, but there is no way the government can do it all.

Every year we see many patients who have ongoing symptoms such as rectal pain, bleeding, unexpected weight loss, or an abnormal growth that is not going away. Often these symptoms have an explainable cause and cancer is not the diagnosis. But sometimes it is. If you have these kinds of symptoms, seek medical attention from a fully qualified medical physician. Establish a reliable diagnosis. If you would like, get a second opinion. A good doctor will welcome the input from another physician. He or she should be able to defend their recommendations to their colleagues and should not be offended by your request for a second opinion. When the diagnosis is established, listen to the physician’s recommendations. Then do your internet search and pursue any and all alternative options that you think may help you. The resources available to patients today over the internet is remarkable. We encourage you to take advantage of that.

When you have completed your search, see your doctor again. Present your findings and ask him or her how well they think that option would work in your case. Remember that every patient is different. What may work well for some patients advertised on a website, may not work well for you. You may not agree with your doctor and you may not even follow their advice, but at least listen to it. It may give you some insight that has an important effect on your decision.

Above all, try not to be the patient who has disturbing symptoms for a prolonged period of time and seeks alternative therapy that has not been adequately proven effective. We emphasize the importance of establishing the right diagnosis. And do it early, when you first develop symptoms that something might be wrong. Every year, we see a number of patients who either delay their diagnosis, or make a treatment decision based on inadequate information. Frequently and unfortunately, these patients end up doing much worse and some even die unnecessarily. Make sure you have all the facts before you make the important decision of how you choose to have your ailment treated.