What Are the Benefits of Having a Colonoscopy?
If you have any significant changes in your bowel movements, you may need to have a colonoscopy. Also known as a lower GI endoscopy, a colonoscopy helps screen for colorectal cancer, polyps, and more. At Gramercy Park Digestive Disease Center (GPDDC), our experienced gastroenterologists are passionate about keeping patients comfortable and healthy.
There are several advantages that a colonoscopy can provide. Whether you have a family history of colon cancer or significant bowel problems, a colonoscopy can:
- Help detect cancer or precancerous polyps. While there are other screening methods for colon cancer, none of them are as accurate as a colonoscopy. In addition, at-home fecal immunochemical tests (FITs) can only detect cancer once you already have it. A colonoscopy can help detect precancerous growths before they become malignant.
- Help diagnose other bowel conditions. A colonoscopy can be used to find evidence of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, and other inflammatory bowel diseases. If any of these conditions are found, our skilled gastroenterologists can help reduce damage such as bleeding, scarring, and infection.
In addition to these advantages, a colonoscopy is quick and painless. At the beginning of your procedure, you will be sedated so that our gastroenterologist can examine your digestive tract. They will look for any potential issues, such as lesions, polyps, blockages, and more. If tissue needs to be scanned for cancerous cells, your doctor will collect a biopsy (or tissue sample).
Depending on the complexity of your condition, the procedure takes about 15-30 minutes. Afterwards, you should feel no pain and you’ll be able to go home with the help of a spouse, friend, or family member.
Are You Experiencing Bowel Issues? Schedule a Consultation Today
Whether you have a family history of colon cancer or are experiencing significant changes in your bowel movements, call GPDDC today at 212-979-3237 to consult with one of our board-certified gastroenterologists. We can help identify any bowel issues you may have and develop a high-quality treatment plan that addresses your intestinal health. We welcome patients living in New York City to our offices in Gramercy Park and Washington Heights.