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Colonoscopy Specialist

Jeffrey M. Loria, MD -  - Gastroenterologist

Jeffrey M. Loria, MD

Gastroenterologist located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

A colonoscopy is the most effective way to detect colon cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage. Leading gastroenterologist Dr. Jeffrey M. Loria, located on the Upper East Side in New York City, has performed colonoscopies with the utmost comfort, for countless men and women throughout the greater New York City area.

Colonoscopy Q & A

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a diagnostic test in which a thin flexible tube with a camera and light affixed, called a colonoscope, is used to view inside a patient’s colon or large intestine. Colonoscopy can be performed to evaluate a variety of problems including anemia, rectal bleeding or blood in the stool, diarrhea, abdominal pain, in the evaluation inflammatory and irritable bowel diseases, and for screening. It is the foremost, life-saving screening method for the early detection of polyps and colon cancer, which often do not have symptoms.  If any abnormalities are found during a colonoscopy, Dr. Loria can take biopsies, remove polyps and tumors, and control bleeding.

Who should have a colonoscopy?

Men and women with an average risk of colon cancer should have a screening colonoscopy every ten years, beginning at age 45. Those who have a first-degree family member with colon or rectal cancer or polyps may need to begin screening at age 40 or earlier. Along with routine screenings, colonoscopy is used to diagnose the underlying cause of unexplained: abdominal pain, changes in bowel movements, weight loss, anemia, or blood in the stool. In addition, a colonoscopy may be used to diagnose and monitor inflammatory bowel diseases (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease).

What should I expect when having a colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy is a safe, painless procedure performed with sedation for maximum patient comfort. Dr. Loria performs colonoscopies at Carnegie Hill Endoscopy, a state-of-the-art facility on Lexington Avenue between 97th and 98th street. During a pre-colonoscopy consultation, Dr. Loria will answer all questions, fully explain necessary preparations, and offer a step-by-step description of what to expect.