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By Queens Boulevard ASC
June 21, 2019
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Colonoscopy  

ColonoscopyA colonoscopy is a medical procedure for detecting colon cancer and various gastrointestinal problems, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. Everyone should undergo their first colonoscopy by the age of 50. In some cases, a colonoscopy should be performed even earlier. Based on your individual medical history, a gastroenterologist can advise you as to when you should get your first or next colonoscopy. The doctors at Queens Boulevard Endoscopy Center are your Rego Park gastroenterologists for colonoscopies.

The Colonoscopy Procedure

An instrument called a colonoscope is used to perform colonoscopies. A colonoscope is a flexible, thin tube with a small camera on one end for recording video and capturing images of the colon. During a colonoscopy, the colonoscope is gently inserted into the colon through the anus. As the colonoscope passes through the colon, your Rego Park gastroenterologist is able to examine the colon’s interior by watching the video. If suspicious growths, such as polyps, are found, a sample can be taken and biopsied to check for cancer.

When a Colonoscopy is Needed

Colonoscopies help gastroenterologists diagnose colon cancer and various gastrointestinal conditions, such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, or diverticulosis. The American Cancer Society recommends that all healthy adults without gastrointestinal problems undergo a colonoscopy once they are between the ages of 45-50. It is not advisable to postpone your first colonoscopy past age 50.

Adults with a family history of colon cancer are advised to have their first colonoscopy by age 40. Additionally, adults who are experiencing unexplained gastrointestinal problems might need to get a colonoscopy sooner even if they are younger than the recommended age for a first colonoscopy. Symptoms such as abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea, chronic constipation, or blood in the stool could be indications of a more serious gastrointestinal problem. A colonoscopy can help doctors accurately diagnose the problem and prescribe an appropriate treatment.

You should get your first colonoscopy no later than age 50. Remember, you might need one sooner if you have a family history of colon cancer or are experiencing gastrointestinal problems. A gastroenterologist can advise you as to how soon you should get a colonoscopy. To schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist in Rego Park, NY, contact Queens Boulevard Endoscopy Center at (718) 406-8000.

By Queens Boulevard ASC
March 24, 2017
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Colonoscopy  

Learn more about what to expect when you need to get a colonoscopy.colonoscopy

While the idea of getting a colonoscopy may not seem like the perfect day you had in mind, if you want to protect yourself from colorectal cancer, it’s time you turned to our Rego Park, NY, gastroenterologists for this routine procedure. If you’ve never had a colonoscopy before, or if we’ve recently told you that you should get one, you may have questions. Fortunately, we have answers.

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is an outpatient exam that our Rego Park GI doctor will use to get a better look into how the large intestines are functioning. While you may just be getting a routine colonoscopy, we may also recommend getting one if you are dealing with unexplained rectal bleeding, changes in bowel movements or abdominal pain.

Who should get a colonoscopy?

It’s standard practice for both men and women to get a routine colonoscopy when they turn 50 years old. Based on the findings from this test, we will determine how often you should come in again. Patients who don’t have any risk factors for colorectal cancer and whose colonoscopy results come back fine will often not need to come back for another test for another 10 years.

What are the risk factors for colorectal cancer?

There are some lifestyle and health conditions that could predispose you to colorectal cancer including:

  • Leading an inactive lifestyle
  • Not getting enough fiber
  • Eating a high-fat diet that’s rich in red and processed meats
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Familial history of colorectal cancer or polyps
  • Personal history of colorectal cancer or polyps
  • Being over age 50
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Smoking
  • Certain genetic conditions such as familial adenomatous polyposis

Queens Boulevard Endoscopy Center in Rego Park, NY, is dedicated to providing the very best in gastrointestinal care. Whether you need to schedule your first routine colonoscopy or you are dealing with concerning symptoms, we are always here for you.



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