Colonoscopy in NYC
What is a colonoscopy?
The colonoscopy procedure at Gotham Gastroenterology involves one of our experienced physicians using a special tool called a colonoscope to examine the inside of your colon. It’s a routine procedure that is used primarily to check your colon for any abnormalities, to screen for colorectal cancer, and to manage certain digestive treatments. At Gotham Gastroenterology, we offer a full range of diagnostic tests, which includes colonoscopy, in a comfortable setting with knowledgeable doctors. We serve patients with every kind of digestive concern, from routine colon cancer screening to management of complex digestive diseases.
What is a colonoscopy used to diagnose?
You may be recommended to visit a colonoscopy doctor if you reach a certain age and are due for regular colon cancer screenings. Speak with one of our knowledgeable colon cancer physicians if you are unsure whether you should have regular colon cancer screenings. In other cases, a colonoscopy at Gotham Gastroenterology might be recommended if you are experiencing symptoms of one of the following digestive issues:
- Abdominal pain
- Ulcerative colitis and proctitis
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Gallbladder/pancreatic disease
What happens during a colonoscopy?
Before your colonoscopy at Gotham Gastroenterology, you’ll be asked to go on a clear liquid diet for 24 hours leading up to the appointment. You may also be given a laxative drink for your colonoscopy about 5 hours before your procedure. Because the colon must be entirely clear for your doctor to inspect it, it’s critical that you follow your diet instructions carefully before the appointment. In recent research, “split dosing” of your colonoscopy drink has shown to provide clearer results. Talk to your Gotham Gastroenterologist to learn more about this option.
What to Eat Before Colonoscopy
Speak with your Gotham Gastroenterology colonoscopy doctor prior to your procedure for a complete list of what to eat and not eat before your colonoscopy. Your doctor will provide you with a colonoscopy prep drink and give you detailed instructions on when to drink it before your exam.
What to Eat After Colonoscopy
After a colonoscopy, your digestive system may be more sensitive than usual since you have been fasting and altering your diet before the exam. Choosing foods that are easier to digest in the days following your exam will help you to avoid an upset stomach. Talk to your Gotham Gastroenterology doctor to learn more about specific foods you should consume and what to avoid after your colonoscopy.
How often should I have a colonoscopy?
For most, the recommended colonoscopy age is 50 years old. If your doctor finds an adenoma (non-cancerous tumor), colonoscopy polyps, or cancer, you’ll need to follow up more regularly to keep an eye on your colon health. However, if you do not show signs of either of these or have any other risk factors for colorectal cancer, you will likely only need to have a colonoscopy every 5 to 10 years.
What are the benefits of having a colonoscopy?
Visiting Gotham Gastroenterology for your colonoscopy can offer not only helps you to catch colon cancer and other digestive health conditions; it can also keep you informed about your digestive health during treatments or following treatment. Additionally, you can expect the following benefits when visiting Gotham Gastroenterology for a colonoscopy:
- Short, in-office procedure
- Comfortable setting
- Helps diagnose colorectal cancer and digestive conditions
- Little downtime
- Minimally invasive procedure
For more information or to book an appointment with Gotham Gastroenterology, contact our office at 212-794-0240. Our team of experts strives to provide excellence in gastroenterology for patients in NYC. You can also make an appointment by filling out a form.