I recently participated in a study with a group of esteemed colleagues to determine if the suggested protocol for performing colonoscopy was, in fact, the most beneficial. The results of this study were published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology (http://www.jcge.com; Vol. 44, No. 4, April 2010).
The study observed the outcomes of nearly 16,000 colonoscopies performed by 315 gastroenterologists from across the country over a four-week period. Results have shown a definite correlation between colonoscopy withdrawal times, or the length of the procedure, and the detection rates for colon polyps.
Previously, the standard of care model suggested a withdrawal time of at least six minutes during a screening colonoscopy. The study provided clear evidence to support the importance of this minimum time frame to the discovery of colon polyps, the primary cause of colon cancers.
Our physicians are continuously participating in ongoing research and analysis, and our patients benefit from this practice. In seeking new and better medical treatments, our doctors keep abreast of the latest ways to diagnose and treat your gastrointestinal conditions. This results in more thorough examinations, earlier diagnosis and the most effective treatments available.
Particularly when it comes to colon cancer, the best way to prevent or cure the disease is through early detection through screening colonoscopies. This latest study confirms that a withdrawal time of six minutes or longer significantly increases the chances of discovering colon polyps. It is a standard we employ at GIA, and one that will help our patients prevent colon cancer.
Preventing colon cancer is the primary goal of a regularly scheduled screening colonoscopy and the aim of our entire staff of board-certified physicians. We consider it a privilege to be involved in ongoing, specialized training and cutting-edge research in the field of gastroenterology, primarily because it benefits our patients.