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By Queens Boulevard ASC
December 30, 2020
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Colonoscopy  

How a colonoscopy from your gastroenterologists in Rego Park, NY can help you stay healthy
 

Having a colonoscopy is an important part of taking care of your health. Colonoscopies are recommended once you reach 50 years old because as you age, you are at greater risk for colorectal cancer, which is the third-highest cause of cancer deaths in the United States.
 

The gastroenterologists at Queens Boulevard Endoscopy Center in Rego Park, NY offer a wide range of gastroenterology services including colonoscopies, to keep you and your GI system healthy.
 

There are some important steps to take to get ready for your colonoscopy procedure. The day before your procedure, remember to:

  • Limit your diet to only clear liquids to help keep your bowels clean
  • Take the recommended amount of prepared laxatives to clean out your bowels
  • Let your gastroenterologist know beforehand if you take aspirin, iron, insulin, anticoagulants, or arthritis medications.

     

On the day of your procedure, make sure you bring someone with you to drive you home because you will still be feeling the effects of the sedatives.

Before your procedure, you will be sedated, so you may feel groggy or you may be completely asleep.

For your colonoscopy, your gastroenterologist uses a flexible tube that has a camera attached to one end. The tube is inserted into your rectum and threaded up through your large intestine. The camera makes it easy for your gastroenterologist to view your intestines, looking for polyps, abnormal tissue, or any sign of precancerous areas.
 

If any growths are found, your gastroenterologist can remove them during the procedure. If tissue looks suspicious, a small sample can be removed for a biopsy to determine whether the tissue is abnormal, precancerous, or cancerous.
 

The procedure itself only requires about 45 minutes, but due to sedation, plan on spending between two and three hours in the office, depending on your recovery time.
 

A colonoscopy is an important tool to safeguard your health. To find out more about what to expect before, during, and after a colonoscopy, call the gastroenterologists of Queens Boulevard Endoscopy Center in Rego Park, NY at (718) 406-8000. Call today!

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Gastroenterologist Rego Park, NY
Queens Boulevard ASC
9525 Queens Blvd Ste 3
Rego Park, NY 11374
(718) 406-8000