At The Gastroenterology Group of Northern NJ, our practice has been providing high quality care to the community for over 50 years. This includes treatment of common disorders such as acid reflux and Irritable Bowel Syndrome as well as screening for colon cancer and polyp detection. We also offer expertise in Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, hepatitis, pancreatic and gallbladder diseases. For many of these conditions, diagnosis and treatment all begins with an Englewood colonoscopy.
A colonoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows our doctors to visually examine the inside of the colon for closer inspection of irregularities, and is typically performed to investigate the symptoms of abdominal pain or blood in the stool. They are also performed regularly for colorectal cancer screening, generally beginning at age 50. This procedure is accomplished by inserting a tube with a camera on the end into the anus and through the large intestine, or colon. It reaches all the way to the tip of the colon and examines the lining as it passes in and out. The images from the camera are viewed on a display monitor in high definition. The procedure takes about 15-20 minutes on average. Biopsies and removal of polyps are all performed during the procedure, if necessary. After the Englewood colonoscopy, patients will be kept under observation for about an hour, until the medication wears off. Reflexes and judgment may be impaired for the rest of the day, so we advise against driving and doing any strenuous activities that day. Some cramping or bloating may be experienced, but should be relieved quickly. Eating and other normal activities can resume immediately.
If you would like to learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of various gastrointestinal conditions, we highly recommend that you visit our practice’s main website to browse through some additional, detailed information that you might find useful. If you have any specific questions or concerns about Englewood colonoscopy, or would like to make an appointment with our gastroenterologist, please do not hesitate to contact the staff here directly.