No one looks forward to having a colonoscopy, but they are an important screening and diagnostic tool to check the health of your colon and rectum. Dr. Maher Almoudarres is an experienced gastroenterologist serving the Brooklyn community in New York City who can guide you through the process so you’re as comfortable as possible. Call Maher Almoudarres, MD, or schedule your appointment online today.
A colonoscopy is a procedure that looks for abnormalities or problems in your rectum and colon.
The colon is also known as the large intestine and large bowel. It removes water from digested food. The material that remains is waste, or stool, and continues through your colon to the rectum before leaving your body through the anus.
During a colonoscopy, a colonoscopy is inserted into your anus. This long, flexible tube has a small video camera on the end. As the camera moves through your rectum and colon, Dr. Almoudarres looks for any irregularities.
Dr. Almoudarres might recommend a colonoscopy for several reasons, including:
Colonoscopies are used to detect colon cancer in people ages 50 and older. The risk of developing colon cancer varies, so Dr. Almoudarres makes recommendations based on your personal health and medical history.
A colonoscopy can help identify the cause of intestinal symptoms, including:
Polyps are growths on the colon’s inner lining. Some polyps can become cancerous.
If polyps were found in previous colonoscopies, Dr. Almoudarres might recommend a follow-up exam. This enables him to look for more polyps and remove them if necessary to reduce your risk of colon cancer.
Before your colonoscopy, Dr. Almoudarres provides detailed instructions so you can prepare for your appointment. To guarantee the best views of your colon and rectum, it’s important for them to be completely empty prior to your colonoscopy.
Your preparation might include:
Colonoscopies usually take 20-60 minutes, and during the appointment, you're sedated to keep you comfortable for the procedure. While you lie on your side, Dr. Almoudarres inserts the colonoscope into your rectum. As he views the inside of your colon and introduces air to improve the view of its lining, you might feel mild abdominal cramping or the urge to defecate.
Following the procedure, you rest for approximately an hour as you recover from sedation. You'll need someone to drive you home and should spend the day resting. It's common to feel bloated or gassy, but this usually passes in a short period of time.
Dr. Almoudarres provides additional instructions based on your colonoscopy, recommending the best treatment plans for your individual condition.
To get a colonoscopy, call Maher Almoudarres, MD, or schedule your appointment online.