Colon and rectal health may not be a frequent topic of conversation, but we depend on this area of our anatomy to function effectively every day. As the final component in our digestive system, the colon removes water, salt, and solids from the substances we've consumed and provides bacteria-assisted fermentation for unabsorbed material on its way through the rectum and out of our bodies.

Your Best Choice for Colorectal Services

Choose the expert colorectal and gastrointestinal physicians and surgeons at Reston Hospital Center to help support your digestive health. You benefit from individualized care plans and personal attention, as well as direct lines of communication to your doctor and our team of healthcare professionals. Our private rooms offer a comfortable and discreet setting for your recovery.

At Reston Hospital Center, you'll find the resources you need to address conditions related to colorectal health, including:

Reston Hospital Center offers a full range of colorectal treatments:

  • Endoscopy – Uses a tiny camera in a soft, flexible, fiber-optic tube to view and perform procedures inside the body
    • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) – Incorporates detailed X-rays during visual inspection of the bile duct, pancreatic duct, gallbladder; also used for removal of stones and placement of stents
    • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) – Examines deeper layers of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, bile duct, pancreas, gallbladder; also used for nonsurgical biopsies of difficult-to-reach lesions
    • Upper endoscopy (upper GI; also known as esophagogastroduodenoscopy or EGD) – Explores the esophagus, stomach and small intestine
  • Colorectal surgery – Uses minimally invasive techniques that spare or restore affected tissues, help manage chronic conditions and, in most cases, avoid colostomy:
    • Restorative proctocolectomies for small intestine (ileum) and anus
    • Small tumor ablation
    • Large colon polyp resection
    • Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)

Colorectal Cancer—Are You at Risk?

The best weapons against colorectal cancer are knowledge, early diagnosis and treatment. That's why the colorectal specialists at Reston Hospital Center recommend taking this simple survey as the first line of defense against colorectal cancer.

Colorectal Cancer Survey

  • Have you or an immediate family member (mother, father, sibling) had colorectal cancer?
  • Do you have a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?
  • Do you have a personal history of breast, ovarian or uterine cancer?
  • Are you 40 percent or more over your ideal body weight?
  • Is your diet high in fats and low in fiber?
  • Are you over age 50?
  • Have you experienced diarrhea or constipation lasting more than two weeks?
  • Have you experienced a persistent decrease in the size or caliber of your stool?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, take the next step and ask your primary care doctor for a thorough examination. Or contact Reston Hospital's Consult-A-Nurse® team 24/7 at (877) 689-DOCS (3627) for more information and a free doctor referral.

If you answered NO to all of the questions, bookmark this page in your web browser and set your calendar to review the survey every six to 12 months.

Take Action–Get a Colonoscopy

Getting a colonoscopy is easier than you think. Because colorectal cancer generally has no symptoms in its early stages, it can only be detected by a colon screening/colonoscopy. With early detection, colon cancer is 90-95 percent treatable. Learn more about the colonoscopy procedure in our online Health Library.

Only a doctor can determine if you're at risk for colorectal cancer, so contact the colorectal specialists at Reston Hospital Center and schedule your screening colonoscopy or virtual colon imaging with us today.