Gary I. Gorodokin M.D.

201-791-7760

24-07  Broadway

Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

Gastroenterology Consultants of North Jersey

718-743-8668

 2829 Ocean Pkwy

Brooklyn, NY 11235

COLONOSCOPY

Colonoscopy is used to view the inside of your lower digestive tract (colon and rectum). It can help screen for colon cancer and can also help find the source of abdominal pain, bleeding, and changes in bowel habits. This test can safely be performed in our state-of-the-art endoscopy unit on an outpatient basis, as well as at an ambulatory surgical center or at the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ.  During the exam, the doctor can remove a small tissue sample (a biopsy) for testing. Small growths such as polyps may also be removed during a colonoscopy.

Preparation

During the Test

*  You are given sedating (relaxing) medication through an IV line. You may be
   drowsy or completely asleep.
*  The procedure takes 30 minutes or longer.
*  The doctor performs a digital rectal exam to check for anal and rectal problems.
*  The rectum is lubricated and the scope is inserted.
*  If you are awake, you may feel as if you have to have a bowel movement. Also,
   you may feel a pressure as the colon is filled with air. It’s perfectly acceptable to
   pass gas during the procedure.

After the Test

*   You may discuss the results with your doctor right away or at a future visit.
*   Try to pass all the gas right after the test to help prevent bloating and cramping.
*   After the test, you can go back to your normal eating and other activities.

Risk and Complications Include

*   Bleeding.
*   A puncture or tear in the colon.
*   Risk of infection.
*   Risks of anesthesia.

Colonoscopy provides an inside view of the entire colon

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