Murray Orbuch, MD
Gastroenterologist located in SoHo & Financial District, New York City, NY
When you’re struggling with abdominal pain or diarrhea and you don’t know why, you may need an endoscopy or colonoscopy, diagnostic procedures that visually examine your gastrointestinal tract. At SoHo Gastroenterology: Dr. Murray Orbuch, MD, with two convenient locations in SoHo and the Financial district, Manhattan, board-certified gastroenterologist Dr. Orbuch can perform an endoscopy or colonoscopy and provide answers to your questions. To schedule an evaluation, call your nearest SoHo office or request an appointment online today.
Colonoscopy/Endoscopy Q & A
What is an endoscopy?
An endoscopy refers to any procedure that’s performed using a gastrointestinal endoscope, a flexible tube outfitted with a light and camera that’s used to visually evaluate your gastrointestinal tract.
The team at SoHo Gastroenterology: Dr. Murray Orbuch, MD, performs endoscopies to diagnose or treat conditions that affect your upper gastrointestinal tract, which includes your stomach and the beginning of your small intestine.
You may benefit from the procedure if the team has concerns about gastroesophageal problems such as:
- Stomach ulcers
- Duodenal ulcers
- Helicobacter pylori infections
- Celiac sprue (gluten allergy)
- Unexplained gastrointestinal bleeding
- Unexplained swallowing difficulties
- Food getting stuck in the esophagus
The team may also suggest an endoscopy to confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis based on your symptoms.
What is a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a procedure that evaluates your large intestine. During the procedure, a colonoscope, a tool comprised of a flexible tube, light, and camera, is inserted into your anus and through your large intestine to evaluate, diagnose, and treat conditions that may be affecting the bowel.
The team at SoHo Gastroenterology: Dr. Murray Orbuch, MD, may suggest a colonoscopy to confirm or rule out various conditions that affect the colon, such as:
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn’s disease
A colonoscopy is also the most accurate colon cancer screening test. It’s recommended that all men and women age 50 and over be screened for colon cancer. You may require screenings at an earlier age if colon cancer runs in your family.
How do I prepare for an endoscopy and colonoscopy?
The team at SoHo Gastroenterology: Dr. Murray Orbuch, MD, provides specific instructions on how to prepare for your endoscopy or colonoscopy. Your preparation prior to your procedure is very important and must be followed as directed.
What can I expect during an endoscopy or colonoscopy?
The team at SoHo Gastroenterology: Dr. Murray Orbuch, MD, performs endoscopies and colonoscopies at a certified endoscopy suite located at Gramercy Park Digestive Disease Center, 250 Park Avenue South between 19th and 20th Street or at The Mount Sinai Medical Menter.
To ease any discomfort, the team performs your procedure under sedation. Once you’re ready, your doctor inserts the scope and examines your digestive tract. Both the endoscopy and colonoscopy take about 30 minutes.
After the exam, you’re taken to the recovery area for about an hour for observation as the sedative wears off. You need to prearrange to have someone bring you home after the procedure.
The team reviews the results of your test and provides a treatment plan at your follow-up appointment at the office.
For expert gastrointestinal care, contact SoHo Gastroenterology: Dr. Murray Orbuch, MD, by phone or online today.
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