How a Colonoscopy Could Save Your Life
By Daniel J Alpert MD
April 10, 2020
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Colonoscopy  

A colonoscopy is basically a life-saving medical examination that’s used for detecting any abnormalities or changes in the colon or large intestine as well as the rectum. Your gastroenterologist in New York, NY, Dr. Daniel Alpert will recommend a colonoscopy in the following circumstances:

Exploring Intestinal Symptoms and Warning Signs

A colonoscopy could help your gastroenterologist investigate possible causes of chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain, chronic constipation, and rectal bleeding, as well as other intestinal issues.

Screening for Cancer of The Colon

If you are 50 years old or older but do not have any other risk factors for colon cancer other than your age, your gastroenterologist might recommend that undergo a colonoscopy at least every 10 years or sooner in order to screen for cancer. Do note though colonoscopy is just one option for screening and there are other colon cancer screening exams. Your gastroenterologist in New York, NY, will recommend the best options based on your particular symptoms.

Looking for The Presence of Polyps

If you already have polyps, your gastroenterologist might suggest a follow-up colonoscopy to check if you have polyps and get rid of them. This will help decrease your risk of developing colon cancer.

What Happens During a Colonoscopy

During a colonoscopy, your gastroenterologist will insert a colonoscope, which is a flexible, long tube, into your rectum. At the end of this tube is a minuscule video camera that will enable your gastroenterologist to see everything that’s inside your colon. Whenever necessary, biopsies or tissue samples could be taken or polyps or any other abnormalities could be removed during the procedure.

Prior to your colonoscopy, you will have to clean out your colon through an enema or laxatives to ensure a clear and thorough view of your rectum and colon during the procedure. You will likewise need to follow a strict diet a day prior to the exam and adjust any medications you’re taking at least a week before the procedure

Adjusting your medications is especially crucial if you’re a diabetic, have heart issues or hypertension, or if you take supplements or medications that have iron. Also, inform your gastroenterologist if you’re taking any blood-thinning medications. You may have to stop taking them or adjust the dosages temporarily in preparation for your colonoscopy.

For Any Concerns or Queries About Colon Health, or If You Feel You Need a Colonoscopy, Reach Out to Us.

Call (212) 599-7910 to arrange your appointment with Dr. Daniel Alpert here in our New York, NY, practice.

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