A Colonoscopy is an endoscopic examination of the large bowel performed bu the best in class gastroenterologist, Dr. Shawn Khodadadian, of Manhattan Gastroenterology and is considered the gold standard of bowel cancer screening methods.
A colonoscopy is a simple procedure that allows your doctor to look inside the entire large intestine. It is frequently performed to detect early signs of cancer in the colon and rectum. The test also may be done to obtain a tissue sample for biopsy, diagnose inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or evaluate unexplained abnormalities (such as polyps), anemia, blood in the stool, abdominal pain or persistent diarrhea.
Why should I have a Colonoscopy?
Getting a colonoscopy reduces the chance of developing colon cancer by removing polyps, or growths, that can become cancerous. Polyps grow in the colon like warts; sometimes their cells change and become cancerous. Removing the polyps during a colonoscopy can prevent colon cancer from developing.
A Colonoscopy may be performed by the NYC Doctor for the following reasons:
- Routine health screen
- Rectal bleeding
- A change in bowel habit
- Chronic diarrhea or constipation
- Weight loss
- Abdominal pain
- Suspected polyp
- Monitoring of conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease
- Another doctor or specialist has ordered that you have a colonoscopy
Who should have a Colonoscopy?
The American Cancer Society and the American College of Gastroenterology recommend that all adults have this screening test beginning at age 50. If you are having unusual symptoms; have a family member with colon cancer; or if you are African American, your doctor may recommend that you have the test sooner.
During the colonoscopy the doctor will examine the entire large bowel for ‘polyps’. Polyps are growths that develop in the lining of the bowel and are usually benign or non-cancerous. Around 40% of people over the age of 50 are found to have polyps in their bowel during a colonoscopy, although many of these polyps are small and completely harmless.
Polyps are discrete small raised areas growths in the lining of the bowel. These vary in size from being just a few millimetres in diameter up to 6cm or more. Some polyps are flat while others are attached to the bowel wall by a narrow stalk. Although most polyps do not contain cancer, it is generally accepted that cancers arise in polyps.
Recovery from a Colonoscopy
If you have sedation you will need to recover in hospital for about one hour afterwards and must have an escort to take you home. You will not be able to drive for 24 hours, and should avoid alcohol, working or making important decisions as the drugs take time to wear off and you will not be as mentally alert as usual.
As a best in class Colonoscopy doctor in NYC, Dr. Shawn Khodadadian provides highly personalized and comprehensive care. His philosophy regarding the doctor/patient relationship is based on trust and has earned him one of the most respected reputations for performing a colonoscopy in NYC.
For more information about a colonoscopy or to schedule a colonoscopy with the the best in class NYC gastroenterologist, Dr. Shawn Khodadadian, please contact our Upper East Side NYC gastroenterology office.
Dr. Shawn Khodadadian
983 Park Ave, Ste 1D
New York, NY 10028