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Welcome to GI North, where gastroenterologists Simon R. Cofrancesco, Dr. Sergio Quijano and their staff are dedicated to providing every patient with excellent care.

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4150 DEPUTY BILL CANTRELL MEMORIAL RD

Suite 290 Cumming, GA 30040

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+(404) 446-0600

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4150 DEPUTY BILL CANTRELL MEMORIAL RD

Suite 290 Cumming, GA 30040

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DO YOU SUFFER FROM UPPER OR LOWER ABDOMINAL PAIN, NAUSEA AND VOMITING, BLOATING, CONSTIPATION, OR DIARRHEA?

Have you struggled with constant heartburn, trouble swallowing, or lived with a digestive disease? Are you over 50 and need to learn how to prepare for an upcoming, and soon-to-be routine colonoscopy? Do you have a family history of cancer related to the gastrointestinal tract?

If any of the above is true, Dr. Cofrancesco, Dr. Quijano, and the dedicated staff at GI North can help. With over twenty years of experience, Dr. Cofrancesco and Dr. Quijano have provided excellent care for all of their patients by using the most up-to-date procedures for diagnosis and treatment. To learn more about a specific procedure, explore the links below.

a What is an Adenoma?

Polyps are benign (non-cancerous) growths or projections of tissue that form on the inner lining of the colon. Different types of polyps look different under the microscope, and cancer can form in some of them.

a What is Adenoma Detection Rate?

Adenoma Detection Rate (ADR) is the critical standard of care that predicts the risk of colon cancer following a colonoscopy screening. The ADR is the proportion of screening colonoscopies performed by a physician that detect at least one histologically confirmed colorectal adenoma.

a Why Is It Important?

When the Adenoma Detection Rate is high, it can be associated with low post-colonoscopy CRC where CRCs are found three to four years after the normal colonoscopy. At GI North, our doctors report polyp and histology results to patients, along with recommended time for repeat colonoscopy.

a The purpose of a screening Colonoscopy?

The purpose of a screening colonoscopy is to reduce colorectal cancer by identifying and removing adenomas, and to identify colon or rectal cancer, referred to as colorectal cancer, if it is already present.

The most important quality indicator, the Adenoma Detection Rate (ADR), is the proportion of average-risk patients in whom a physician identifies adenomas during colonsocopy.

CLINIC AND ENDOSCOPY CENTER HOURS

Call GI North at 1.404.446.0600 for answers on hours, locations, and directions.

Monday: Clinic: 8am - 5pm, Endo: 7am - 4pm
Tuesday: Clinic: 8am - 5pm, Endo: 7am - 4pm
Wednesday: Clinic: 8am - 5pm, Endo: 7am - 4pm
Thursday: Clinic: 8am - 5pm, Endo: 7am - 4pm
Friday: Clinic: 8am - 5pm, Endo: 7am - 4pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

THE PROCESS FOR PREPARING FOR A COLONOSCOPY IS CALLED BOWEL PREP

GENERALLY, ALL SOLIDS MUST BE EMPTIED FROM THE GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT BY FOLLOWING A CLEAR LIQUID DIET THE DAY BEFORE THE PROCEDURE.

You should inform your physician of all medical conditions and any medications, vitamins, or supplements you take regularly. Driving is not permitted for 24 hours after your colonoscopy to allow the sedative time to wear off. Before the appointment, you should arrange for a ride home.

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