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Florida Hospital Medical Group 

601 East Rollins Street

Orlando, FL 32803


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Florida Hospital is a trusted member of one of America’s largest, not-for-profit healthcare systems.

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One simple test can save your life.


What is prediabetes?

1-in-3 Americans have prediabetes. Are you one of them? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that at least 86 million U.S. adults had prediabetes in 2012. The scariest part is that most people don’t even realize they have it.

Prediabetes, despite its name, is essentially an early stage of diabetes. If left undiagnosed, prediabetes can raise a person’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. While there is no cure for diabetes, you can help slow down its progression through lifestyle changes, medication and routine assessments

A colonoscopy is the most effective way to test for colon cancer and is virtually pain free. During the exam, your doctor inserts a tiny camera attached to a thin, flexible tube into your rectum and slowly guides it through your colon. The camera allows your doctor to view the lining of your colon and detect any abnormalities such as polyps or inflamed tissue. If detected early, colon cancer is almost always curable.

Colonoscopy: What You Need to Know

During Your Exam

Colonoscopies are usually done on an outpatient basis. This means you go home the same day. The procedure usually takes less than 60 minutes. When it’s time for your exam:

  • You will be asked to remove any jewelry or other objects that might get in the way during the procedure.
  • You may be asked to remove your clothing. If so, you will be given a gown to wear.
  • You are given relaxing (sedating) medicine through an IV line. You may be drowsy or fully asleep.
  • You will usually be asked to lie on your left side with your knees pulled up towards your chest.
  • Air may be injected into your bowel during the procedure. This makes it easier to see the inside surfaces. A gentle water jet may also be used to clean the lining of your colon, and a suction device may be used to remove any liquid stool.
  • The doctor will check your colon and may take photos. If a polyp is seen, it may be removed during your exam. Larger polyps may be left until another procedure can be scheduled.

Preparing for Your Exam

Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to prepare your bowel for a colonoscopy. Your colon must be clean in order to be examined properly. You may be asked to take a laxative or drink a special fluid that helps clean out your colon. It is imperative that you follow these instructions carefully to avoid having to cancel the procedure. The day before your exam, you will need to adhere to a special liquid diet that your doctor will prescribe. You will normally be asked to refrain from eating or drinking anything after midnight of the day of your screening.

After Your Exam 

  • After your colonoscopy, you will be taken to the recovery room to be watched. Your recovery process will depend on the type of sedative you had. Once your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing are stable and you are awake and alert, you will be released to go home.
  • You will not be able to drive after your procedure, so plan for a friend or family member to take you home after the test.
  • You may have gas right after the test. This is normal. Walking and moving about may help to ease any mild gas pain.
  • You can usually eat whatever you feel you can after the procedure. Some people find it helpful to start with small, bland meals.
  • You should not drink alcohol for at least 24 hours. You may be asked to drink extra fluids to make sure you don’t get dehydrated.
  • Your doctor may discuss the results of your exam right away, or a follow-up visit may be required.

Preparing for Your Exam 

Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to prepare your bowel for a colonoscopy. Your colon must be clean in order to be examined properly. You may be asked to take a laxative or drink a special fluid that helps clean out your colon. It is imperative that you follow these instructions carefully to avoid having to cancel the procedure. The day before your exam, you will need to adhere to a special liquid diet that your doctor will prescribe. You will normally be asked to refrain from eating or drinking anything after midnight of the day of your screening.


Signs and Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer

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Colorectal cancer symptoms can vary based upon the cancer’s location in the colon, size and growth rate. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, tell your doctor immediately, regardless of your age.

  • You have a change in bowel habits such as diarrhea, constipation or a feeling that your bowel does not completely empty
  • Your stool is thinner than usual
  • You have bright red or very dark-colored blood in your stool
  • You experience rectal bleeding
  • You have frequent gas pains, bloating or stomach cramps
  • You experience unexplained weight loss
  • You feel very tired

Sometimes growths called polyps form on the inner lining of the colon or rectum. Most are benign. But over time, some polyps can become cancerous (malignant). This happens when cells in these polyps begin growing abnormally. In time, malignant cells invade more and more of the colon and rectum. The cancer may also spread to nearby organs or lymph nodes or to other parts of the body. Finding and removing polyps can help prevent cancer from ever forming.

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Health Needs

How Colon Cancer Develops

Florida Hospital Medical Group is the Orlando area’s most comprehensive, multi-specialty physician group. With more than 500 board-certified physicians, our group provides patients with a broad range of medical and surgical services in over 40 medical specialties. 

We offer 12, easily accessible locations throughout Central Florida that specialize in comprehensive gastrointestinal and colorectal care including screenings, minimally invasive surgery, oncology services and rehabilitation. And, we’re backed by the world-class Florida Hospital network of care.

About Florida Hospital Medical Group

Florida Hospital is recognized by
U.S. News & World Report as one of America's best hospitals for gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery.

1 in 3 Americans Have Prediabetes

Diabetes is a very common health condition in America and most cases develop due to genetic factors. This means that you can develop diabetes regardless of your age, gender, race, lifestyle or fitness level — and there’s nothing you can do to prevent it. By getting a proper diabetes screening with a specially trained endocrinologists, you can help catch the disease early and begin treatment to reduce symptoms and prevent the onset of severe conditions.

 

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in America. A major factor is that most people do not experience symptoms until it’s too late. If detected early, colon cancer is 90% curable.* That’s why we’re urging those at risk to get screened today.

Someday colorectal cancer will be 100% preventable. Until that day, get screened and stop colon cancer before it gets started.

 

*According to 2016 so-in-so data[TJ1].

Call (407) 901-3007 to request a colon cancer screening today.

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Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in America. A major factor is that most people do not experience symptoms until it’s too late. If detected early, colon cancer is more than 90% curable.* That’s why we’re urging those at risk to get screened today.

Someday colorectal cancer will be 100% preventable. Until that day, get screened and stop colon cancer before it gets started.

 

*American Cancer Society

Risk Factors for Colorectal Cancer

If you have one or more of these risk factors, you should schedule a colonoscopy.

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Florida Hospital is recognized by
U.S. News & World Report as one of America's best hospitals for gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery.