Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy: When you need it and why

There are many important health screenings that we will need to undergo throughout our lifetime. Simple screenings are the best way to protect your health throughout the years. A colonoscopy is just one of these important screenings that should not be missed. Wondering if it’s time to schedule a colonoscopy with our New York, NY, gastroenterologist Dr. Alpert, and his team?
A colonoscopy is a common procedure that our gastroenterologist uses to prevent, diagnose, and even treat certain intestinal issues. Most people know colonoscopies for their ability to detect and screen for colorectal cancer, but a colonoscopy is a unique tool that offers our gastroenterologist Dr. Alpert a more intimate look inside the intestinal tract to see what might be going on. A colonoscopy may be recommended if:
  • You’re experiencing symptoms of colon polyps
  • You have rectal bleeding
  • You are experiencing persistent bowel changes (e.g. diarrhea, constipation)
  • You are dealing with unexplained abdominal pain
  • You are losing weight suddenly and unexpectedly
  • You are over the age of 50
  • You are 45 years old and at high risk for colorectal cancer
Both men and women should get colonoscopies by the time they turn 50 years old. Of course, if you are noticing changes in your bowels, it’s a good idea to turn to our office to find out what might be going on. After all, symptoms typically aren’t present during the very early stages of colorectal cancer, only once cancer has advanced. This simple procedure, which typically takes between 30-60 minutes, could just save your life.
 
During your colonoscopy, we can also remove colon polyps, biopsy tissue, and stop bleeds. You will be given IV sedation before the procedure, so you may not remember anything that happens. You must have someone with you that can drive you home, as you will be too drowsy to drive yourself. Patients will come back into our practice in about a week to go over their results.
 
Patients who are at a low to moderate risk for colorectal cancer may not need to get another routine colonoscopy for 10 years if their results came back normal. Those with a higher risk for colorectal cancer may need to come into our practice more regularly for colonoscopies. This is something that we can discuss with you when you come in for a consultation.
 

What's Next?

If you’ve just turned 50 years old or you’re having abdominal pain or rectal bleeding, it’s a good idea to turn to Dr. Alpert and his New York, NY, team to determine whether a colonoscopy might be right for you. Call our practice today at (212) 599-7910.