Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy Specialist
Dr. Prem Chattoo, a Gastroenterologist practicing at Hudson River Gastroenterology has locations in the financial district and Lower Manhattan area of New York, NY, and Jersey City, NJ. While many patients worry about having a colon procedure, Dr. Chattoo offers expert care when it is time for you have a colonoscopy.

Colonoscopy Q & A

What is a colonoscopy?

A safe and generally routine procedure whereby your gastroenterologist can view the lining of your colon. Though some people may dread the dread this procedure, Dr. Chatoo makes your screening exam comfortable and stress-free. The patient is first anesthetized and will either not remember the procedure at all nor will they be uncomfortable during the procedure. Dr. Chattoo carefully inserts a small video endoscope through the rectum and advances it to visualize the interior walls of the colon along its entire length. If polyps are discovered, the physician will remove them as he removes the endoscope.

Why do I need a colonoscopy? 

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is often caught early when a person has a colonoscopy. Almost 90% of CRC cases can be prevented by safely removing pre-cancerous polyps are discovered and removed during this screening exam. This simple outpatient procedure that costs only a few hours of your time may save your life. A colonoscopy exam also may enable Dr. Chattoo to diagnose other gastrointestinal disorders you may have been unaware of. A colonoscopy is an easy, effective way for Dr. Chattoo to diagnose any stomach or intestinal problems. Other benefits of this procedure include:

  • Instrumental in reducing and delaying the onset of colon cancer
  • Generally performed in an outpatient facility
  • Safe and effective
  • Polyps are removed during the procedure
  • Same day recovery in most cases

What can I expect from a colonoscopy? 

Before - Our staff will give you instructions on how to prep for your colonoscopy at home. You will be given a schedule of steps to take the day before you come in. It is very important to follow those steps your diagnostic test to produce the clearest results. 

During  - You will be sedated throughout the colonoscopy process and therefore should experience no pain. Dr. Chattoo will speak with you shortly after you wake up and go over your results. He will provide you with a written report to take home with you.  

After - After the procedure, the patient is monitored for 30 to 60 minutes in the recovery room. During this time, the anesthetic will wear off, but some grogginess may persist. Because the effects of sedation will make it unsafe for you to drive or return home alone, be sure and arrange for someone to assist you. The patient generally will be back to normal by the following day.

When Should You Have a Colonoscopy?

The American Cancer Society recommends a colonoscopy for anyone 50 or older and every ten years after age 50. Dr. Chattoo may determine you are at a higher risk and let you know if you should have a colonoscopy earlier or more frequently. Furthermore, is you suffer from any of these conditions, a colonoscopy is more highly recommended: 

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS)
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Hemorrhage
  • Removal of polyps
  • Evaluation of abnormal X-rays of the GI Tract

 

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Prem Chattoo, DO
122 Fulton Street
6th Floor
New York, NY 10038