Colonoscopy

Vincent Rovito, MD, FACP

Gastroenterologist located in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY

Vincent Rovito, MD, FACP, offers colonoscopy services both as a preventive approach to colon cancer and as a diagnostic tool for confirming gastrointestinal disorders at his Brooklyn gastroenterology practice in New York City. Dr. Rovito offers the latest colonoscopy techniques and equipment to ensure your comfort and provide the highest accuracy in your diagnosis. To learn more about the benefits of colonoscopy, book an appointment online or by calling the office today.

Colonoscopy Q & A

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a safe and effective procedure for diagnosing conditions of the large intestine and other areas of the digestive tract.

The test involves the insertion of a colonoscopy device into the anus, which Dr. Rovito guides through the colon. Attached to the device is a small camera, which transmits real-time images of your internal structures to an external monitor. Dr. Rovito watches the monitor, checking for signs of abnormalities.

When do I need a colonoscopy?

Dr. Rovito may recommend a colonoscopy if you have:

  • Rectal bleeding
  • Unexplained abdominal pain
  • Persistent diarrhea or constipation
  • A family history of colon cancer

Dr. Rovito may also utilize colonoscopy to explore your large intestine further if abnormalities show up on a CT scan or X-ray.

How do I prepare for a colonoscopy?

It’s necessary for your colon to be thoroughly cleaned before a colonoscopy procedure to ensure accurate results.

To this end, during your consultation, Dr. Rovito provides instructions you need to follow leading up to your colonoscopy. You may need to increase your fiber intake during the week of your appointment but will need to avoid eating any solid food for at least 24 hours before your procedure. Dr. Rovito may also prescribe a strong laxative to help you empty your bowels.

Is a colonoscopy painful?

Dr. Rovito ensures your comfort throughout the procedure and can provide a sedative to help you relax. After inserting the tube, he delivers saline and air into your colon to inflate it. This inflation makes it easier for Dr. Rovito to detect abnormalities.

You may feel gas pressure or bloating during the procedure that may cause temporary discomfort, but once the procedure is over your symptoms should resolve.

How long does it take to recover from a colonoscopy?

If you had a sedative as part of your colonoscopy, you need to let the medication wear off before you can go home. You’ll need a friend to drive you after your appointment for your safety.

You may continue to feel some cramping or have gas but can return to your usual diet without limitation immediately. Within a few hours of the procedure, you should feel like your usual self. It’s best to plan a day of rest after your procedure for your comfort.

If you have severe abdominal pain or develop a fever, you should contact Dr. Rovito’s office as soon as possible for further evaluation.

To learn more about the benefits of a colonoscopy procedure, book an appointment online or call Dr. Rovito’s Brooklyn office today.