95-25 Queens Blvd., Third Floor, 
Rego Park, NY 11374

(718) 406-8000

By Queens Boulevard ASC
May 11, 2020
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Colon Polyps  

During colonoscopies performed at Queens Boulevard Endoscopy Center in Rego Park, NY, our gastroenterologists regularly remove colon polyps. Removing the growths is an important step in the fight against colon cancer, a disease that will affect more than 104,000 Americans in 2020, according to American Cancer Society estimates.

Colon polyps explained

Colon polyps are abnormal growths that form on the lining of your colon, also known as the large intestine. Although polyps are often benign (non-cancerous), they may later become cancerous if they are not removed.

Polyps can develop in anyone at any time, but your risk may be higher if you smoke, are overweight, or if you or someone in your family has had colon cancer or polyps in the past. Age is also a risk factor for colon polyps. They're more likely to occur in people 45 or older.

Colon polyp symptoms

Polyps rarely cause symptoms, but if they do, you might notice abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, chronic constipation/diarrhea, anemia, or black stools.

The lack of symptoms can delay the diagnosis and treatment of troublesome polyps and colon cancer unless you receive a colonoscopy. This minimally invasive procedure is recommended for both men and women at age 45.

What happens during a colonoscopy?

Before you arrive at the Rego Park endoscopy center, you'll need to use laxatives to clear your colon. This step is particularly important because it provides your gastroenterologist with a clear view of the lining of your colon.

You'll receive a sedative prior to your procedure and won't remember a thing about your colonoscopy. During the treatment, your doctor inserts a thin and flexible lighted scope into your anus and into your colon and the lower part of your small intestine. The scope includes a miniature camera that sends images to a digital screen that your gastroenterologist views during the procedure.

If polyps are spotted during the colonoscopy, they'll be removed with tiny instruments and sent to a laboratory for a biopsy. After the colonoscopy, your doctor will discuss the findings with you, although you'll have to wait a little while to receive the results of any biopsies.

You may leave the endoscopy center just an hour or two after your procedure. If you drove to your appointment, a friend or family member will need to drive you home, as lingering effects of the sedation could temporarily affect your reaction time.

Do you need to schedule a colonoscopy or a visit with your gastroenterologist in Rego Park, NY? Call Queens Boulevard Endoscopy Center at (718) 406-8000 to make your appointment.

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