The entire colon can be directly inspected during a colonoscopy procedure using a long, thin flexible instrument called a colonoscope. The main indications are the removal of colon polyps, lower abdominal pain, change in bowel habits (constipation, diarrhea), anemia, weight loss and bleeding from rectum.


Sigmoidoscopy is the examination of the left side of the colon; the main indications are the evaluation of bleeding hemorrhoidsg and screening for colorectal cancer.

Direct Access Colonoscopy & Endoscopy:

Direct access colonoscopy enables the primary care physician to refer the patient directly for a screening colonoscopy without a prior office visit. Appropriate patients:

  • Over 50 years of age
  • 10 years younger than the youngest family member with colon cancer or adenomatous polyps
  • No GI symptoms
  • No severe cardiac or pulmonary disease
  • No tendency for bleeding
  • No co-morbid conditions

Colon Polypectomy:

The removal of polyps from the inside lining of the colon, also called the large intestine. A polyp is a mass of tissue. Most colon polyps can be removed during a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy.

Discover leading-edge procedures at Digestive Disease Care. Call 516-204-4242, 516-437-9000 in Nassau County or 718-480-6000 in Queens, 631-450-1500 in Suffolk County. Or use our convenient Request an Appointment form. Our colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy patients come to us from New Hyde Park, Flushing, Forest Hills, Jamaica and Jackson Heights and East Setauket.

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