Mercy Gastroenterologist Dr. Richard Desi Discusses Easier Prep for Colonoscopy

November 20, 2017
Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy - Dr. Desi

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.

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