Battling Back

The colon is a complicated place, and The American Cancer Society predicts 96,830 new cases of colon cancer will occur in 2014. Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S when men and women are considered separately, and the second leading cause when both sexes are combined. With numbers like this, it’s important for patients to have access to cutting-edge technology and a medical professional who knows how to use it best. Dr. Anand Kesari of Gastro-Colon Clinic is providing Marion County with Fuse Endoscopy, the latest in early detection technology.

How did you become the only doctor in the Central Florida area to offer the Fuse system?
If there is a technology available in the GI market that will help raise the quality of care that I provide my patients, it is important that my practice offers it to the community. This technology is fairly new in the industry and there are no other companies than EndoChoice that offer a scope with this advantage.

What sets FUSE apart from a traditional forward-viewing scope?
The Fuse technology allows me to provide better care with early detection and the Gastro Colon Clinic is doing our part to help decrease the occurrence of colon cancer within the community. To date, standard, forward-viewing scopes give a physician a limited 170-degree field of view (similar to driving a car with blinders on).  Fuse removes these ‘blinders’ and enables me to detect a significantly higher number of potentially pre-cancerous polyps.  Fuse is revolutionizing colonoscopy by providing a panoramic 330-degree view of the colon, almost double the view of standard colonoscopes.

Why is detection more difficult using a traditional forward-viewing scope?
The limited field of view provided by standard, forward-viewing scope colonoscopies has been shown to miss many pre-cancerous polyps.

How important is early detection of colon cancer?
During a colonoscopy, a physician is able to identify and detect pre-cancerous polyps or growths that could be precursors to colorectal cancer.  Removal of these pre-cancerous polyps results in a significant reduction in the likelihood of developing colorectal cancer in the future.

Will a procedure using Fuse be any different from a normal one for the patient?
No. Your procedure is exactly the same. The difference with Fuse is the enhanced field of view experienced by the physician. Also, the Fuse colonoscopy is covered by your insurance in the same way as a standard colonoscopy.

Gastro-Colon Clinic
Ocala: 7535 SW 62nd Ct.
Ocala (Shores): 7578 SE Maricamp Rd., #102
The Villages: 1400 US 441 N, Bldg 930
Sumterville: 1389 S US 301
Summerfield: 10435 SE 170th Pl.
(352) 237-1253

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