The risk of developing colon cancer is 1 in 22 for men and 1 in 24 for women. Fortunately, colon cancer is highly treatable with early detection and proper medical intervention. At Brighton Beach Medical Group in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, experienced gastroenterologist Steven Tawil, MD, offers colonoscopies to evaluate colon health and treat potential problems before serious complications occur. If you’re 45-50 years old — or younger if you have a family history of colon cancer — schedule a routine colonoscopy by calling the New York City office today.
A colonoscopy is a medical procedure that allows Dr. Tawil to review the inside of your large intestine. He uses a scope with a tiny camera attached to a long, thin tube to detect abnormal growths, inflamed tissue, and ulcers inside your colon and rectum and perform minor surgical procedures when necessary.
Dr. Tawil would recommend a colonoscopy if you experience the following signs, symptoms, or risk factors associated with gastrointestinal problems:
If Dr. Tawil sees polyps — small growths that could be cancerous — during your colonoscopy he can remove them during the procedure.
Dr. Tawil gives you bowel prep instructions to clean out your colon at home prior to your colonoscopy. You might have to follow a special diet the day before the procedure, use a laxative or enema, and avoid food or drinks after midnight the day of your colonoscopy.
Colonoscopies usually take 30-60 minutes. During the procedure, Dr. Tawil gives you medications to ease pain and keep you relaxed. You lie on your side on an exam table while he slowly inserts a colonoscope into your rectum.
Dr. Tawil uses a tube to pump air into your colon to inflate it and get a better view of what’s inside. You might feel some slight abdominal cramping or the urge for a bowel movement. He may take tissue samples or remove polyps or other suspicious tissues for biopsy.
After a colonoscopy, you recover from your sedative and will need somebody to drive you home. Take the rest of the day off from work to recover. Dr. Tawil might recommend you follow a special diet for a few days.
You might pass gas or feel bloated for several hours after the procedure, but walking can relieve discomfort. During your first post-colonoscopy bowel movement you might notice a small amount of blood, especially if tissue was taken for biopsy.
Based on the result of your colonoscopy, Dr. Tawil might recommend you complete another colonoscopy (or a different procedure) soon afterward or within 5-10 years if your results were normal. If you have a family history of colon cancer, a colonoscopy is recommended every five years.
Be proactive about your health by scheduling a routine colonoscopy with Dr. Tawil at Brighton Beach Medical Group by phone or online if you’re at least 45-50 years old or experience symptoms of gastrointestinal problems. Call the office today.