At Long Island Gastro in Syosset, New York, experienced gastroenterologists, Jaydeep Kadam, MD, and Kostas Sideridis, DO, offer on-site colonoscopy testing to diagnose unexplained symptoms, like diarrhea and rectal bleeding, accurately. They also use the latest colonoscopy technology for routine screenings for colon cancer if you have symptoms or risk factors for the disease. To find out more about the benefits of a colonoscopy, call Long Island Gastro or request an appointment using the online booking feature today.
A colonoscopy is a procedure to identify issues in the lower part of your gastrointestinal tract, specifically your large intestine, colon, and rectum.
Your Long Island Gastro provider may suggest a colonoscopy to diagnose or treat the cause of persistent symptoms like:
A colonoscopy is also a preventive screening tool for colon cancer. Routine colonoscopies can identify changes in the colon that may indicate cancer. This type of test also allows your provider the opportunity to take a tissue sample for further evaluation to confirm or rule out colon cancer.
Your Long Island Gastro provider may recommend routine colon cancer screenings if you have a personal or family history of cancer, you’re over 50, or you have other risk factors for colon cancer.
The team at Long Island Gastro provides sedation before a colonoscopy to keep you relaxed and comfortable. The team uses a skilled anesthesiologist to deliver the medications and monitor your vitals throughout your procedure.
You will lie on an exam table as your provider inserts a colonoscope — a thin, flexible tube with an attached light and camera that moves through your rectum and into your colon. The camera sends back real-time images of the inner part of your colon to a monitor that your doctor watches to identify gastrointestinal issues. To get a clearer picture of your colon, your provider may deliver some air in through the colonoscopy.
It can take 20-30 minutes to complete the exam, and you can expect a brief period of recovery before you can go home to rest.
It’s common to have gas, bloating, or some abdominal discomfort following a colonoscopy. You will need someone to drive you home because of the anesthesia. Your Long Island Gastro physician provides comprehensive after-care instruction, which includes any activity or dietary limitations you have.
Your provider can discuss the results of your colonoscopy during a follow-up visit. If you also had a biopsy, it may take several days before the results come back from the lab.
To schedule a colonoscopy, call the office or request an appointment at Long Island Gastro online.