At TransSouth Health Care, our on-site DDC Surgery Center focuses on outpatient gastrointestinal procedures including colonoscopies for patients across Jackson, Tennessee and the rural West Tennessee area. Our DDC Surgery Center is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC). Our state and Medicare licensed facility utilities state-of-the-art technology and equipment. While there are gastroenterologists across the state, very few offer the full in-house solutions and procedures that we possess here at TransSouth Health Care.

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is an endoscopy procedure that allows our gastroenterologists to examine the inner linings of the colon, or the large intestine by inserting an endoscopic tool into the anus. The purpose of a colonoscopy can vary, but it is often performed to investigate the cause of abdominal pain, blood in the stools, or other unexplained chronic intestinal problems. During the examination, our doctor will search for colon polyps, ulcers, inflammation, or bleeding. In addition to this, a colonoscopy is a definitive way to check for colon or rectal cancer.

While the reputation of the procedures of colonoscopies can be a bit dramatic, the purpose and results of what colonoscopies may reveal can be life-saving. Colonoscopy procedures are worth the hassle especially if colon cancer runs in your family. Colon and rectal cancer is the third most common cancer of both men and women in the United States. If you have already considered the possibilities of needing a colonoscopy or have been medically consulted by your physician with a recommendation for a colonoscopy procedure, allow our advanced and extremely talented medical team at TransSouth to make your experience as seamless as possible.

How do I prepare for my colonoscopy procedure?

The preparation for this procedure is called “colon prep.” Colon prep takes place about 1 – 2 days before your colonoscopy. The day before the colonoscopy, do not eat solid foods. Consume only clear liquids such as clear juice (apple or white grape), clear soft drinks or sports drinks, or clear broth, or black coffee or tea with no creamer. On the day of your colonoscopy, consume clear liquid only. Of course, we will consult with you and will tell you exactly what is acceptable and unacceptable for you to eat and drink during this time. Do not eat or drink anything two hours before your colonoscopy appointment.

You will be given a bowel-cleansing drink to be consumed before your colonoscopy. We recommend staying home when drinking this because it will cause diarrhea for several hours until your intestines are completely clear. Drink plenty of extra fluids before and after the cleanse to avoid dehydration. Follow the instructions carefully and drink the liquid exactly as instructed. We will assist you with clear instructions and answers to your questions prior to your procedure, but in any case you may contact us directly.

Ulcerative Colitis

What is ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that is limited to your colon (large intestine). If you have been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, it means that the lining of your bowels is chronically inflamed, causing open sores inside your colon (large intestine).

Symptoms of ulcerative colitis include:

persistent diarrhea

abdominal pain

bloody stools

urgency (an immediate, sudden need to find a toilet)

These symptoms may come and go with those who suffer from ulcerative colitis, but it often leaves patients feeling fatigued. It should be noted that ulcerative colitis is not the same as Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease is the chronic inflammation of the entire intestinal tract, while ulcerative colitis is limited only to the colon (large intestine). We will determine a diagnosis through a series of tests and potentially a colonoscopy procedure.

Hemorrhoid Banding

What is Hemorrhoid banding?

Hemorrhoids are large, bulging blood vessels in the anus and inner rectum. Hemorrhoid banding is the process of getting rid of the hemorrhoid and relieving your pain by placing a small rubber band at the base of a hemorrhoid, where there are less painful nerve endings. The pressure from the small rubber band effectively cuts off blood flow to the hemorrhoid so that it will shrink away and leave you pain-free.

The procedure is brief and relatively painless. Your doctor will use a small tool with a light and a lens on the end to find and place a band around your hemorrhoid(s). If you are suffering from more than one, your doctor may choose to only band one at a time. Your painful symptoms will be relieved over the next few days as the hemorrhoid shrinks and falls away. You might be advised to stay home afterward and rest until the next day.

Hydrotherapy

Colon hydrotherapy (also known as colon irrigation) is the cleansing of the colon with purified water to get rid of fecal matter, mucus, or gas. This is a gentle, therapeutic procedure that gets rid of toxins in your colon for improved health, without the use of drugs. Hydrotherapy is more effective than an enema because it gently cleanses the entire colon rather than just the lower area. For your hydrotherapy, you will be instructed to lay on your side and insert a disposable applicator into your anus. Water will then be gently introduced a little at a time and then released from the colon for a safe, gentle cleansing of your entire colon. A single session typically lasts about 30 to 45 minutes.

Schedule your consultation or exam with TransSouth Health Care.  Contact us at (731) 661-0086.