Colonoscopy Specialist

Michael Morris, MD. FRCS.

General Surgeon Serving the communities of Houston, TX

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cause of non-skin cancer deaths in America today. But, with a simple and reliable procedure called a colonoscopy, Michael Morris, MD, FRCF, can effectively treat precancerous polyps and help you stay healthy. Colonoscopy is also important for ruling out malignancies in other conditions like diverticulitis. Call Surgical Associates in Humble, Texas, or book online to learn more about whether colonoscopy is right for you.

Colonoscopy Q & A

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that serves as both an exam and a treatment. In this procedure, Dr. Morris inserts a very thin tube into your rectum. The tube, called a colonoscope, contains a miniature camera and light at its tip, allowing Dr. Morris to view the inside of your colon in real-time.

Dr. Morris may perform a colonoscopy to look for underlying problems if you’re having chronic issues like abdominal pain, diarrhea, or constipation. He also uses colonoscopy as a colon cancer screening.

How does a colonoscopy treat colon cancer?

During a colonoscopy, Dr. Morris can identify polyps, abnormal tissue growths that can become cancerous if left untreated. He can also remove most small polyps during your colonoscopy.

If you have early-stage colon cancer and it’s still limited to the polyp, Dr. Morris can often remove the cancer entirely during your colonoscopy. Later-stage diseases may require other treatments such as laparoscopic or open bowel surgery to fully eliminate the colon cancer from your body.

What is diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis is inflammation or infection in the tiny pouches on the inside walls of your large intestine. If you develop diverticulitis in one or more of these small pouches, you may experience serious symptoms like abdominal pain, chronic constipation, nausea, vomiting, and fever.

Sometimes, Dr. Morris may diagnose diverticulitis during a colonoscopy screening. If he diagnoses diverticulitis in some other way, like with a CT scan, you may still need a colonoscopy. This is necessary because diverticulitis and colon cancer can have similar symptoms, and the colonoscopy can rule out malignancies.

Sometimes a CT scan may show a shadow, but it’s uncertain whether it’s cancer or pockets of infection caused by diverticulitis. That’s where a colonoscopy can help to make the diagnosis.

Diverticulitis severity can vary from quite mild to severe. Milder cases often get better after nonsurgical management like rest, dietary adjustments, and antibiotics where needed. If you have severe diverticulitis, you could potentially need bowel surgery to remove damaged intestine and restore normal function.

If you’re due for a colon cancer screening or are worried about abdominal symptoms, don’t hesitate to get care from a compassionate expert. Call Surgical Associates or schedule an appointment online now.