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By Daniel J Alpert MD
October 07, 2020
Category: GI Health
Tags: Colonoscopy  

A colonoscopy procedure, along with the preparation involved, can all seem daunting to contemplate. But don't lose sight of why you're doing this, for your health. Colorectal cancers rank among the very top of cancer-related deaths in the United States, and a colonoscopy procedure is your best bet when it comes to early detection and treatment. If you would like more information please contact your doctor, Dr. Daniel Alpert in New York, NY.

The Procedure

A colonoscopy procedure is performed using a device called a colonoscope. It uses a very small camera to thoroughly examine your lower intestine. The goal is to detect and remove cancer at the earliest possible stage, while it's still treatable, and before it has a chance to spread.

The doctor will search for polyps, abnormal suspect tissue, along your gastrointestinal tract, and to accomplish this a successful prep is required.

The following is a general guide, but if you were undergoing the procedure your doctor would issue you a list of instructions personalized to you. It's such an important step to the procedure that you should call your New York gastroenterologist if you have any questions.

Preparation Before the Procedure

A few days before your procedure you should already be making dietary considerations. Primarily, you'll want to avoid foods that are difficult to digest. Instead, opt for a low fiber diet. A few suggestions are eggs, lean meats, white bread, pasta, rice, and if you're going to have fruits and vegetables they should be without the skin or seeds, and preferably well cooked.

As you get closer to the date, about two days before, you should consume only soft foods. Such as soups, smoothies, and scrambled eggs, to name a few. On the day before your diet should consist only of clear liquids, avoid solid foods.

Clear liquids don't imply simply water, you can complement it with clear broth, Jell-O, coffee, or tea but without creamer, clear juice, and sports drinks. But stay away from drinks or foods with red, blue, or purple dye. Your New York gastroenterologist will give you more detailed instructions.

Colonoscopy Treatment in New York, NY

If you are over 50 it is recommended that you schedule a colonoscopy procedure every ten years, more often if you're at great risk. Begin the conversation today by calling Dr. Daniel Alpert in New York, NY, at (212) 599-7910.

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.

By Daniel J Alpert MD
November 08, 2018
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Colonoscopy  

Find out whether it might be time to consider getting a colonoscopy.

A colonoscopy is a procedure performed by our New York gastroenterologist Dr. Daniel Alpert to detect colorectal cancer. To this day, a colonoscopy is still the most effective way to look for subtle changes in the lining of the colon and rectum that could be early warning signs of cancer.

No matter whether you are a man or a woman, a colonoscopy will become part of your medical screening once you reach the age of 50. Depending on the results of your first colonoscopy, we can determine how regularly you will need to come in for your next one. If the results come back normal, you will most likely not need a colonoscopy for another 10 years.

Of course, a colonoscopy isn’t just used to detect colorectal cancer, it can also detect other gastrointestinal issues, as well. For example, if there is an ulcer or bleeding in the lower intestines, this procedure will help our New York GI doctor detect the issue and sometimes treat the problem during the colonoscopy, itself.

So, what symptoms may warrant getting a colonoscopy?

Here are some warning signs that should have you calling us for an evaluation,

  • Bowel habit changes: This means anything from diarrhea and constipation to blood in the stool. If your stool is extremely narrow this could also be a sign of a blockage.
  • Abdominal cramps: While everyone deals with gas-related cramps every once in a while, if this is something that occurs regularly, you will need to talk to our gastroenterologist.
  • Unexplained weight loss: Sure, shedding a few unwanted pounds can be wonderful; however, if you find that you suddenly lost about 10 pounds without trying, then this could be a warning sign of a serious illness.
  • You have risk factors: If you have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis then you are an increased risk for colon cancer. Furthermore, smokers, as well as those with high cholesterol or high blood pressure are also at an elevated risk.

Call today!

If you just turned 50 years old or you are experiencing unexplained gastrointestinal symptoms, it’s important that you have a digestive specialist in New York who can provide you with the diagnostic and screening procedures you need. Call Dr. Daniel Alpert today at (212) 599-7910 to schedule your next appointment!

By Daniel J Alpert MD
February 21, 2018
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Colonoscopy  

Find out everything you could ever need to know about this preventive and diagnostic procedure.colonoscopy

No matter whether you are dealing with unexplained gastrointestinal symptoms or you just reached the age of 50, there are many reasons why our New York, NY, gastroenterologist Dr. Daniel Alpert will recommend getting a colonoscopy. Of course, we know you might have questions, and we are here to address some of the most popular questions out there regarding this GI procedure.

Q. What is a colonoscopy?

A. A colonoscopy is a procedure that allows our New York GI doctor to examine the colon and rectum to not only screen for colorectal cancer but also to provide a diagnosis for certain gastrointestinal symptoms you may be experiencing.

Through the use of a thin tube, which is inserted into the rectum and carefully guided through the lower GI tract, we are able to capture real-time images to inspect the overall health of the colon.

Q. Why is a colonoscopy recommended?

A. Once you turn 50 years old it’s highly recommended that everyone get a colonoscopy regardless of whether they are experiencing symptoms or not. A colonoscopy is truly the best tool for being able to detect colorectal cancer.

Of course, a colonoscopy isn’t just a screening tool. It can also be used as a diagnostic measure to determine the cause of unexplained gastrointestinal bleeding, abdominal pain or sudden weight loss.

Q. What does a colonoscopy procedure entail?

A. Before a colonoscopy, Dr. Alpert will provide you with a solution or pill that you will need to take about 24 hours before your procedure to help fully clear the bowels. This is a necessary step before getting a colonoscopy.

During the colonoscopy, an IV is started and sedation and pain medication will be administered through the IV. While the medication is not designed to put you to sleep you may feel drowsy or not remember the procedure at all. The procedure takes about 30 minutes to perform (it may take longer if we need to remove polyps) and you’ll be able to go home right after the procedure.

Q. How often should I get a routine colonoscopy?

A. If your test results come back normal you may not need to get a colonoscopy for another 10 years. Of course, if you have risk factors or you’ve had polyps in the past then you may need to come in every five years.

If you still have questions about getting a colonoscopy in New York, NY, or if you are dealing with GI distress, then it’s time to call Dr. Alpert today to get the care you need for a happy, healthy gut.