Colon and rectal polyps occur in about 25 percent of men and women ages 50 and older. Not all polyps will turn into cancer, and it may take many years for a polyp to become cancerous. Risk factors include a family history of polyps or colon cancer; an inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease; a high-fat, low-fiber diet; tobacco and alcohol use; little exercise; and obesity.
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Colon cancer screening saves lives, and the board-certified gastroenterologists at the University of Michigan have performed more than 100,000 colonoscopies in the last 10 years, with U.S. News and World Report ranking our digestive disorders physicians group as the top program in the state of Michigan.
Most polyps found during a colonoscopy can be removed during the procedure. In some cases, however, a colonoscopy can reveal polyps that are too large to safely remove.These are complex polyps, which make up about 10-15% of all polyps, and usually require additional procedures to remove. If the polyp is found to be cancerous, then the patient is often referred to a surgeon. If the polyp is benign, with no signs of cancer present, then the patient may choose non-surgical removal of the polyp instead of surgery.
The multidisciplinary team of the Michigan Bowel Control Program, will work with you to determine the cause of your diarrhea and provide an individualized treatment program that treats both the symptom and any underlying cause.
Digestive health at the University of Michigan Health System diagnoses and treats diseases of the gastrointestinal system of the body, including irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's Disease, GERD, liver disease and constipation.
Frequently asked questions about colonoscopy, an examination that enables your doctor to examine the lining of your colon (large intestine), and other types of colon cancer screening tests, as well as information about where to get a colonoscopy at the University of Michigan.
The Gastroenterology Division at the University of Michigan provides specialized diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and services to diagnose and treat patients with a wide variety of gastrointestinal disorders. These services are all provided through the multidisciplinary Medical Procedures Unit, which is located in University Hospital. We perform approximately 15,000 procedures per year.
A liver biopsy is a diagnostic procedure used to determine either the extent of injury in the liver or the cause of liver injury. Liver biopsies are performed by dctors from the University of Michigan, which is ranked best in the state for gastroenterology, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Make an appointment with an GI or liver specialist (gastroenterologist or hepatologist) at the University of Michigan or call one of our special clinic phone numbers. Call 1-888-229-7408 to get answers to your questions.
Your gastrointestinal medical care team will depend upon the specific GI condition you are being treated for and often includes doctors with different medical specialties along with other health professionals collaborating to give you the best care possible. This is called a multidisciplinary approach, and at the University of Michigan, our goal is always to coordinate this multidisciplinary care in a way that is convenient and efficient for you.
A sigmoidoscopy – also called a flexible sigmoidoscopy because of the flexible tube used in the procedure – is an examination of the lower 20 inches of the colon known as the sigmoid colon. Sigmoidoscopies are performed by doctors from the the University of Michigan, ranked best in the state for gastroenterology by U.S. News & World Report.
Upper endoscopy, also known as an esophagogastroduodenoscopy or EGD, is an exam of the upper gastrointestinal tract, consisting of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum, which is the first part of the small intestine. Upper endoscopies are performed by doctors at the University of Michigan, ranked best in the state for gastroenterology by U.S. News & World Report.
Gastroenterology specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal system of the body, which includes the esophagus, stomach, intestines, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, colon and rectum.
Your digestive system is made up of a series of organs that allows your body to get the nutrients and energy it needs from the food we eat. As food travels through the digestive system it is broken down, sorted, and reprocessed before being circulated around the body to nourish and replace cells and supply energy to our muscles. This page includes an animation of the digestive process as well as a description of the various digestive organs and diseases related to them that we treat at the University of Michigan.