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By Babak Mohajer, MD
October 21, 2020
Category: GI Care

A colonoscopy is a procedure used for inspecting the rectum and colon’s lining with the use of a colonoscope. A colonoscope is a flexible, thin device with a camera at the end that sends images of your colon’s insides to a screen. It’s a vital test used for detecting colorectal cancer. It can likewise aid in diagnosing inexplicable intestinal symptoms like rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, and changes in bowel movements.

During your consultation here at Babak Mohajer, MD in New York, NY, with your gastroenterologist, Dr. Babak Mohajer, you’ll discuss all your testing and screening options to determine the best ones for you.

Do I Need a Colonoscopy?

Your gastroenterologist might recommend that you undergo a colonoscopy screening for diagnosing and/or treating conditions and diseases that affect the rectum and colon, such as:

  • Anemia, in cases where the cause hasn’t been identified via less invasive tests. A colonoscopy could be utilized for determining potential bleeding areas.
  • Unexplained, sudden weight loss if less invasive methods failed to identify a cause.
  • For identifying causes of diarrhea such as infections or inflammation sites.
  • Bleeding symptoms including bloody stool, tarry, black feces, or rectal bleeding. Possible causes include intestinal damage or inflammation or colon cancer.
  • Bowel movement changes, including super-thin stools due to colon cancer or inflammation in the intestines.
  • For colorectal cancer screening to find and remove colon polyps and abnormal tissue prior to them becoming cancerous. In certain cases, polyps are usually detected through barium enema and then taken out through a colonoscopy.
  • Diverticulitis and diverticulosis. Intestinal pockets that could gradually develop and cause bleeding or become infected.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease or IBD, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • Abdominal pain, in cases where less invasive tests failed to find a cause. This could be caused by various conditions including intestinal ulcers, diverticulitis, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Depending on your medical history and specific circumstances, your gastroenterologist in New York, NY, might likewise suggest other procedures aside from colonoscopy screening for diagnosing and treating certain issues. These might include a tissue biopsy, colon polyp removal, and/or controlling large intestine bleeding with the use of medications, sealing bleeding sites with heat, or applying clips.

For More Details or Questions About Colonoscopy Screening, Contact Us

Dial (212) 260-6505 to book a consultation with your gastroenterologist, Dr. Babak Mohajer of Babak Mohajer, MD in New York, NY, today.