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Colonoscopy Specialist

Digestive Disease Care

Gastroenterologists & Hepatologists located in Lake Success, East Setauket, Mineola, Hicksville, Forest Hills, & Jamaica, NY

Colonoscopy is a valuable diagnostic tool that can diagnose the underlying cause of your abdominal pain or screen for colon cancer. The gastroenterology experts at Digestive Disease Care located in Lake Success, East Setauket, Mineola, and Hicksville in Long Island, New York, and Forest Hills and Jamaica in Queens, New York, perform colonoscopies in a comforting and clean environment. The gastroenterology practice also offers direct access to colonoscopy. To schedule your colonoscopy, contact the office most convenient to you by phone or online today.

Colonoscopy Q & A

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows the gastroenterology team at  Digestive Disease Care to evaluate your colon. During the procedure, the team uses a thin, flexible tube equipped with a light, camera, and surgical tools, referred to as a colonoscope, to examine the lining of your entire large intestines. 

Why do I need a colonoscopy?

The gastroenterology team at Digestive Disease Care may recommend a colonoscopy for several reasons. You may need the diagnostic procedure to determine the underlying cause of your gastrointestinal symptoms, such as:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Anemia
  • Weight loss
  • Rectal bleeding

The team may also recommend a colonoscopy to remove colon polyps, which are benign growths that occur on the wall of your intestines that may turn cancerous. The diagnostic test is also a colon cancer screening tool.

What is direct access colonoscopy?

Direct access colonoscopy enables primary care physicians to refer patients directly to the gastroenterology practice for a screening colonoscopy without the need for a prior office visit. You may be a good candidate for direct access colonoscopy if you’re:

  • Over 50 years of age
  • 10 years younger than the youngest family member with colon cancer or polyps
  • Not experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Free from severe cardiac or pulmonary disease
  • Not at risk of bleeding
  • Free of comorbid conditions

To learn more about direct access colonoscopy, contact Digestive Disease Care, or talk to your primary care provider.

How do I prepare for a colonoscopy?

The team at Digestive Disease Care provides specific instructions on how to prepare for your colonoscopy. For them to get a good view of your colon, your bowel needs to be as empty and clean as possible. Your bowel prep may include medication to help clear out the contents of your colon, as well as a clear liquid diet.

You may also need to adjust your medication schedule.

What happens during a colonoscopy?

The team at Digestive Disease Care performs your colonoscopy in a comfortable and clean environment. The entire test takes less than 30 minutes, and the team provides sedatives to keep you calm and free from discomfort during the procedure. 

Your gastroenterologist removes any polyps found along your intestinal wall and sends them to a lab for analysis. 

After your procedure, you’re closely monitored in the recovery area as the sedatives wear off, and your gastroenterologist reviews the results of your exam. Once you’ve recovered from sedation, the team sends you home under the close supervision of a loved one. 

Getting a colonoscopy can save your life. Call Digestive Disease Care or book an appointment online to schedule your test.