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“If I’d known I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself.”Adolph Zukor

Getting a colonoscopy is about the last thing any of us look forward to as we add candles to our birthday cake. Despite that, it’s an easy way to improve our chance to see the next anniversary of our “B” day. It’s a procedure that has become commonplace since it’s inception in the late 1960s, with thousands performed each day; but many put it off as long as possible. You may wonder if this dreaded exam is really necessary, and just how bad it can be to endure.

Why A Colonoscopy?

Before the colonoscope was invented, medical practitioners would administer Barium enemas and use a Sigmoidoscope to examine the colon to diagnose any polyps or diverticulitis. If polyps, which tend to become cancerous, were found, a second procedure was performed to remove them. This second procedure required a second physician, anesthesia and therefore increased time, risk and expense for the patient. With the introduction of the colonoscope, it was possible to identify polyps and remove them, all in the same outpatient procedure.

An Exam That Doesn’t Require Study

People often say the stress before an exam is worse than the exam itself. This holds true with many colonoscopy exams as well. The prep work for this particular exam is generally not difficult, but can be unpleasant. Following your prep instructions faithfully to ensure your colon is empty will help your physician get an accurate view of its health.

You may be required to drink a fluid from the pharmacist, or you may be able to use a combination of OTC medicines to empty your bowels sufficiently. Be sure to eat and drink only what and when you are allowed and avoid red food coloring, as an improper prep can lead to a repeat attempt another day.

Celebrate Yourself

Dr. David Yamini recommends taking the day of your colonoscopy off from work and asking someone to drive you to and from the procedure. Since you’ll be required to fast for at least a little time before the procedure, you can go enjoy a delicious breakfast after. It’s a good excuse to give yourself a day off to relax and do something you enjoy, and be satisfied that you’ve done something to take care of your amazing body that takes care of you every day.

Whether you’re ready to celebrate your (un)birthday or just ready to celebrate you, contact our office to schedule an appointment to discuss taking the best care of your health.

Posted on behalf of David P. Yamini, MD

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Nicole R.

Scheduling was extremely easy with Dr. Yamini's staff, I scheduled my Tuesday appointment on Monday afternoon. The staff and Dr. Yamini were courteous and straightforward - even with new patient paperwork I was out the door within an hour!

Bill C.

Dr. Yamini definitely is a great doctor who is very thorough and detail oriented with his diagnosis. He is very passionate about what he does and was able to answer any question or concern. He took his time before my appointment to look through all the documentation to know exactly what was going on. He definitely was able to put me at ease even though I was very worried. I am very satisfied with his services. Thanks!

Mario O.

He was very gentle about my situation yet did not fail to emphasize about the seriousness that could arise from gastrointestinal problems. Few and far between are as professional and caring as Dr. Yamini and his staff. I was 20 minutes late on Friday evening & they still had me in a room in 5 minutes as a new patient.

Lisa P.

I can’t say enough great things about my first impression of this doctor and his amazing staff! They got me right in and set me up for everything needed. I’ve been looking for the right GI doctor for years having had a very negative experience with another doctor years ago. Dr. Yamini is not only professional, knowledgeable, respectful, and experienced... this guy is “cool” and nice too! His front desk person, Toni was amazing! She was kind, bright, efficient, patient, and positive! ??

Kendall S.

Makes talking about uncomfortable subjects a breeze. Competent and honest: doesn't sell vitamin cleanses and his own probiotics or anything like that. Makes sure your symptoms aren't half-fixed but fully fixed. Gets to the heart of the issue quickly. Good listener. Very sweet receptionist. I hate receiving many phone calls, and she's persistent about making sure you set up an appointment; it was stressing me out. I found the her much easier to connect with once she gave me her cell and said to text.

Babak E.

Thank you Dr. Yamini and Tony. When it comes to patient care and professionalism, I have never received this much care and attention from a physician and the staff. I was able to talk to Dr. Yamini for good period of time allowing me to ask all my questions. Tony you are so cute thank you for scheduling me in last minute.

Kyle K.

I highly recommend Dr. Yamini. He's very personable and actually listens to your issues and concerns, then recommends a reasonable course of action. He was able to properly diagnose my symptoms and get me healthy again. Also his admin Toni is great too, she will help select a facility and verify that your insurance will fully cover. She's really nice and trustworthy as well!

Eric W.

Thorough doctor who cares about his patients, and very meticulous about the details of your ailment. Clearly very knowledgeable and skilled. No wait time for appointments, and the nurse (Toni) is very friendly and follows up appropriately. One of the best doctor experiences I've had and I'd recommend it to anyone.

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