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, and in the evaluation inflammatory and irritable bowel diseases. 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.
Dr. Loria performs colonoscopies with the ground-breaking new FUSE colonoscope that features three cameras for a 330-degree view of the colon. By comparison, standard colonoscopes have just a single camera and provide only a 170-degree view of the colon. Fuse colonoscopes can detect 76% more polyps than older versions, according to a study published in the medical journal, Lancet Oncology. Contrary to public perception, a colonoscopy is relatively quick and painless procedure, and new bowel preparation formulas are highly tolerable. Dr. Loria explains what to expect and puts patients at ease during a pre-colonoscopy consultation.
Men and women with an average risk of colon cancer should have a screening colonoscopy every ten years, beginning at age 50. 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. After a thorough consultation that will include a complete medical history, physical examination, and possibly laboratory testing, Dr. Loria will advise each patient as to his or her appropriate testing schedule. 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).
This 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.
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