What is a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a procedure that uses a small digital instrument called a colonoscope to examine the lining of the large intestine. A colonoscope is a thin, flexible tube with a light and miniature cameras on the end. The tube is guided throughout the entire colon and, if needed, into the small bowel (terminal ileum). With this scope, NYC gastroenterologist Dr. Anthony Borcich can closely examine the internal structures, looking for abnormal growths (called “polyps”), inflammation, and other medical conditions. A colonoscopy also allows him to collect tissue samples (biopsies) as well as remove polyps in a procedure called a polypectomy.
Dr. Borcich exclusively uses the newest FUSE technology scopes when performing a colonoscopy and polypectomy, a unique design that utilizes three cameras and advanced software to create a panoramic 330-degree image. This enhances the detection of polyps otherwise hidden in natural folds, which may be missed with a standard colonoscopy. With over three decades of experience treating patients suffering from gastroenterological problems, Dr. Borcich is highly qualified to help you prevent colon cancer. Contact us today for a colonoscopy with polypectomy.
Why is a colonoscopy performed?
A colonoscopy is most often performed in order to screen for colon cancer and diagnose the causes of rectal bleeding. The procedure typically detects and treats precancerous growths which are found in up to 35-40% of American adults. Dealing with these neoplasms in their earliest, most curable stages has been proven in numerous studies to be highly protective against developing colon cancer. Some of the other reasons that might warrant having a colonoscopy include chronic diarrhea and changes in bowel habits, such as the onset of constipation.
What is a polypectomy?
A polypectomy is a procedure that may be performed in conjunction with a colonoscopy to remove polyps from the lining of the large intestine. Polyps are abnormal growths that can develop into colon cancer. In most cases, they can be quickly and painlessly removed during a colonoscopy using electrosurgical techniques. After the polyps are removed, they will typically be sent out to a lab for further testing to determine whether they are neoplastic (precancerous) or not.
How do I prepare for a colonoscopy with polypectomy?
Before scheduling a colonoscopy in New York City, Dr. Borcich will perform a thorough review of your medical history, including addressing all major medical problems and the medications you are currently taking. He will also provide you with specific instructions on how to prepare for your procedure. For colonoscopy procedures, you will be required to prepare for the exam, which includes consuming a laxative regimen. This is necessary in order to prepare your colon for a comprehensive and accurate examination. You will also need to arrange for someone to escort you home after the procedure.
What can I expect during a colonoscopy and polypectomy?
Before the procedure begins, you’ll receive a sedative or painkiller in order to help you relax and not feel any discomfort. Once sedated, the colonoscope will be inserted and gently guided through your digestive tract.
Due to the sedation, you will feel no discomfort throughout the entire procedure. Dr. Borcich will be examining the inside of your large intestine on a state-of-the-art monitor, providing him with a great level of detail and precision in order to scan for and remove polyps, if necessary. The entire procedure typically takes 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the complexity.
Our practice exclusively uses the newest FUSE scope technology with unique three-camera panoramic 330-degree scopes, providing the most thorough inspection. As a result, we’re able to provide the highest level colon cancer screening in Manhattan with technology that allows for a 100% cecal intubation rate. This detailed level of visualization leads to the highest polyp adenoma detection rates (ADR) and extremely high patient satisfaction.
Dr. Borcich performs most of his colonoscopy and polypectomy procedures at Manhattan Endoscopy Center, New York City’s newest and most modern endoscopy center. This state-of-the-art facility offers the latest equipment and bright procedure rooms. The center’s goal is to make each patient’s procedure as efficient and pleasant as possible, maintaining the personal attention of an office-based procedure while ensuring hospital-level safety standards.
For more information about getting a colonoscopy or to schedule your colon cancer screening with experienced Manhattan gastroenterology doctor, Anthony Borcich, M.D., contact our office or get started by filling out the schedule appointment form on this page. Dr. Borcich has more than 30 years of experience in performing colonoscopies and is known for his compassionate care and personalized approach.