Colonoscopy NYC (Midtown and Upper East Side) | Colonoscopy Doctor Gastroenterologist NYC
Looking for a best in class colonoscopy doctor in NYC? A colonoscopy is an endoscopic examination performed by our NYC gastroenterologists, in Midtown Manhattan and Upper East Side, of the large bowel and is considered the gold standard of bowel cancer screening methods. Our doctors guide a colonoscope (a long, thin, flexible tube containing a tiny video camera) from the anus to the end of the colon (cecum) and into the distal part of the small bowel (the terminal ileum).
During your NYC colonoscopy, images from the camera are shown in real-time on a monitor, allowing the doctor to carefully examine the bowel. Biopsies and treatment can be given during this procedure, which usually takes about 30 minutes.
What Is a Colonoscopy?
Colonoscopy is a medical outpatient procedure that allows our gastroenterologists to visually examine the lining of your large intestine from the inside. This procedure often is performed to test for colon cancer and to check for pre-cancerous polyps, which can be removed at the same time. Our colonoscopy NYC doctors use a long, flexible tube called a colonoscope. This device, about as thick around as a finger, has a video camera on its tip and sends images to a video monitor, where the doctor can observe its trip from your rectum to the deepest part of your colon. This colonoscopy is performed at our offices located in Midtown at 25th street between Madison and Park Avenue as well as on Upper East Side, Manhattan NYC.
Why You May Need a Colonoscopy
Despite the prevalence of screening, colon cancer is among the leading causes of cancer deaths in the United States, claiming about 50,000 lives a year. Increased awareness and prevention could save at least half that number. Colonoscopy is a screening test to catch cancer early, while it is still treatable and to detect and remove colonic polyps which may develop into cancers.
The procedure also can be used to evaluate the cause of such symptoms as rectal bleeding, chronic diarrhea, and chronic constipation. By visually inspecting the inside lining of your colon, trained GI doctors who specialize in colonoscopies like our doctors can assess its overall health and look for signs of other medical issues.
Our NYC gastroenterologists will provide you with clear preparation instructions to explain the dietary restrictions and the cleansing solution routine you need to follow before your procedure. Basically, you need to fast the day before your exam and consume a large volume of a laxative solution. See the preparation instructions for more details. Preparation instructions are individualized to allow for a proper cleaning if your colon prior to the exam. Your colon must be completely clean so your colonoscopy procedure can be as comprehensive and accurate as possible. Follow the preparation instructions fully.
Tell your colonoscopy NYC doctor or your local New York colonoscopy specialist which medications you’re currently taking — particularly insulin, aspirin products, anticoagulants (such as blood thinners like warfarin or heparin), arthritis medications, iron supplements or clopidogrel. Also tell the doctor about any medication allergies you may have.
You should continue to take your medications as usual unless the doctor specifically instructs you not to. Some medicines can interfere with your preparation or with the examination.
NYC Colonoscopy Procedure
Typically, our anesthesiologist or colonoscopy NYC doctor will give you a sedative or painkiller so you can relax during the procedure. Colonoscopy rarely causes much pain, but the sedation will help you better tolerate any discomfort, such as pressure, bloating or cramping.
You lie on your side or your back while the doctor slowly inserts the colonoscope into your rectum and advances it along your large intestine to examine its lining. While video from the device displays on a monitor in real-time, our doctors control its movements — where they want it to go, where they want to look — by using the controls on the handle. Our doctors examine the lining of your colon again as they withdraw the device.
How Long Does a Colonoscopy Take?
The procedure usually takes 45 minutes or less and is performed at our JCAHO certified office-based surgery unit located in Midtown in New York City (NYC). Due to the preparation and recovery time, however, plan on spending two to three hours at the office. If you’ve been sedated, you will need someone responsible to drive you home after the procedure.
The NYC colonoscopy specialist doesn’t find anything in the lining of your colon, that doesn’t mean the colonoscopy was a waste of time. These results will be used as a baseline for future tests. If you’re over 50 years of age with no history of colon cancer, you should still have a colonoscopy during the surveillance period your doctor recommends. Certain ethnic groups, including african americans should be screened at younger ages as well as patients with family history of colon cancer or early polyps.
If our NYC colonoscopy doctors, with offices in Midtown and Upper East Side, NYC finds an area that they want to study further, they can pass instruments through the colonoscope to retrieve a biopsy — a small tissue sample — to have analyzed. Biopsies can help identify many conditions; the doctor may take one even if they don’t suspect cancer.
Our doctors look specifically for polyps during your colonoscopy. Polyps are abnormal growths in the colon lining that vary in size from a tiny dot to several inches. They usually are non-cancerous, but he will destroy them or remove them during the examination and send them to the laboratory for analysis. Because cancer begins in polyps, removing them is a first step toward preventing colon cancer. You won’t feel any pain during this process.
Our doctors remove polyps with the biopsy instruments or with wire loops called snares. Using a technique called “snare polypectomy,” they pass a wire loop through the colonoscope and circles the polyp at its base. Our doctors then remove the polyp from your intestinal wall with an electrical current. Snare polypectomy is painless.
Recovering from a Colonoscopy
While the sedatives wear off after the procedure, the office staff will monitor your recovery. You may experience some minor cramping or bloating due to air introduced into your colon during the examination, but it should pass quickly. Before you are released, your doctor will explain what, if anything, they found, although they won’t yet know the results of any biopsies.
Again, if you’ve been given sedatives for your colonoscopy, you must have someone drive you home and stay with you before you can be released. Even if you feel alert, your judgment and reflexes may be impaired for the next 12-24 hours. You can eat after the procedure.
Colonoscopy and polypectomy are generally safe procedures when performed by trained and experienced gastroenterologists like our colonoscopy NYC doctors. Complications are rare, but the most severe is a perforation of your colon lining. This may require surgery to repair.
Other complications include minor bleeding from the site of a biopsy or polypectomy. The bleeding often stops by itself, but the doctor can control it through the colonoscope during the procedure.
Symptoms from complications include severe abdominal pain, fever, chills or rectal bleeding (although minor bleeding may last for several days after the procedure without being dangerous). While these complications are uncommon, you should contact your doctor immediately if you notice them.
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Important Reminder: This information is only intended to provide guidance, not definitive medical advice. Please consult a GI doctor about your specific condition. Only trained, experienced gastroenterologists like our doctors can determine an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.
As best in class NYC gastroenterologists, our doctors provide highly personalized and comprehensive care. Their philosophies regarding the doctor/patient relationship is based on trust and has earned them some of the most respected reputations for performing a colonoscopy in NYC.
For more information about NYC colonoscopy or to schedule a colonoscopy with one of the best in class NYC gastroenterologists, please contact our Midtown or Upper East Side NYC gastroenterology and colonoscopy NYC offices.