Mercy Gastroenterologist Dr. Richard Desi Discusses Easier Prep for Colonoscopy
Getting a colonoscopy is the best way to prevent colon cancer. But many people avoid the procedure because the prep they have to do the day before to clean out their colon can be unpleasant.
According to gastroenterologist Dr. Richard Desi of The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease with Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD, that's no longer an excuse, because the preps have gotten much better.
"There have been a lot of innovations into doing smaller-volume preps. Also, in the flavor of it as well. People remember drinking a lot of nasty fluid, but nowadays, we have smaller volumes to drink and it actually tastes a lot better. So the prep is not as bad as it was," Dr. Desi said.
A colonoscopy can reveal polyps that should be removed, because over time they can develop into cancer.
Dr. Desi recommends a colonoscopy for those over the age of 50, and for black patients the age is 45.
View Dr. Richard Desi’s interview regarding colonoscopy prep.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.