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Colonoscopy Specialist

Reham El-Shaer, MD -  - Board Certified Gastroenterologist

Ulster Gastroenterology

Reham El-Shaer, MD

Board Certified Gastroenterologist located in Kingston, NY

A colonoscopy is a valuable diagnostic tool that helps your physician identify gastrointestinal problems ranging from ulcers to colon cancer. Board-certified gastroenterologist Reham El-Shaer, MD, and her team offer in-office colonoscopy services at Ulster Gastroenterology in Kingston, New York. If you have severe abdominal pain or are due for a colon cancer screening, call Ulster Gastroenterology or make an appointment online today.

Colonoscopy Q & A

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows your physician to examine the inside of your rectum and bowel. Your physician can also perform minor procedures such as biopsy or polyp removal during a colonoscopy. 

Why would I need a colonoscopy?

The American Cancer Society, as well as the United States Preventive Services Task Force,  recommends adults undergo screening for colorectal cancer beginning at age 45. If you are 45 years or older, call to schedule your screening colonoscopy to stop the ONLY preventable cancer, colon cancer. 

The Ulster Gastroenterology team offers diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopies. In addition to colon cancer screenings, they might suggest a colonoscopy to help diagnose the cause of:

  • Bloody or black stools
  • Changes in your bowel habits
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • Unexplained weight loss

If your physician discovers colon polyps or abnormal or precancerous tissue, they can take a biopsy (tissue sample) or remove the polyp or abnormal tissue during your colonoscopy. 

How should I prepare for a colonoscopy?

The team at Ulster Gastroenterology provides personalized instructions to prepare for a colonoscopy. During your consultation, tell your physician about any medications, vitamins, or supplements you take daily. 

In general, you need to fast for 24-72 hours and only consume clear foods and liquids, such as broth, gelatin, plain coffee or tea, or water. You can also consume sports drinks, but avoid red or purple dyes as they can discolor your colon. 

Your provider may also provide a laxative to take the night before your appointment as well as an enema to flush out your colon. 

What happens during a colonoscopy?

Ulster Gastroenterology has in-office colonoscopy services. You change into a hospital gown, and your provider gives you a sedative to help you stay comfortable and relaxed during the procedure. 

You rest on your side with your knees pulled up toward your chest. Your physician slowly inserts the colonoscope into your rectum and your colon. They inflate your bowel to create enough space to get clear images.

The camera on the end of the tube transmits images to a video monitor in the treatment room. Your doctor looks for abnormal tissues, growths, diverticula, or ulcerations that could be the root cause of your symptoms. If necessary, they may take a biopsy or remove abnormal tissue. 

A colonoscopy takes 15-60 minutes, depending on if you have a routine screening or a diagnostic or therapeutic procedure. You rest in a recovery room afterward and need a friend or family member to drive you home when your doctor releases you.

If you have abdominal pain or need a colonoscopy, call Ulster Gastroenterology or make an appointment online today.