At the Gastroenterology Group of Northern NJ, we understand how unpleasant the idea of a colonoscopy is. But this test is one of the best ways to detect early colon cancer and should be a regular part of your health care protocol. We provide care in all aspects of gastrointestinal diseases. This includes treatment of common disorders such as acid reflux and Irritable Bowel Syndrome as well as screening for colon cancer and polyp detection with our Bergen County colonoscopy. We also offer expertise in Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis, hepatitis, pancreatic and gallbladder diseases. In addition, we have specific knowledge in the use of biologic and immune modulating therapies for some of these conditions. Many of the physicians have specialized training in advanced endoscopic procedures including ERCP, endoscopic ultrasound and video capsule endoscopy. We are proud to be part of a new state of the art endoscopy center in Englewood Cliffs in partnership with Englewood Hospital and Physician’s Endoscopy. Board certified anesthesiologists and nurses are on site to make the experience comfortable and safe. Our gastroenterology practice has been providing high quality care to the community for over 50 years. Our eleven physicians are fellowship trained and board certified in both gastroenterology and internal medicine.
A Bergen County colonoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows our doctors to visually examine the inside of the colon for closer inspection of anything out of the norm. This is accomplished by inserting a tube with a camera on the end into the anus and through the large intestine, or colon. The images from the camera are viewed on a display monitor in high definition. A colonoscopy 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.
The colon must be completely clean to achieve accurate results from a Bergen County colonoscopy. Patients will usually be given a special cleansing solution to drink before the exam, or may be asked to consume only a clear liquid diet with laxatives or enemas. Most medications can still be taken, although some such as aspirin or blood thinners may require special instructions. Before the procedure, an IV is inserted and a short-acting anesthetic is given to make the patient relaxed and sleepy. The heart, blood pressure and oxygenation of the blood are monitored throughout the procedure. During the colonoscopy, the patient lies on their left side or back as the colonoscope is slowly inserted. It reaches all the way to the tip of the colon and examines the lining as it passes in and out. The procedure takes about 15-20 minutes on average. Biopsies and removal of polyps are all performed during the procedure, if necessary. Once the procedure is over, you 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. Give us a call today and schedule this important diagnostic test.