At Weill Cornell Medicine, our gastroenterologists (physicians specializing in the digestive system) provide high-quality colonoscopy procedures that prioritize your comfort.
A colonoscopy is the most effective way to detect early signs of cancer in the gastrointestinal tract. During this exam, a gastroenterologist uses a long, flexible tube — called a colonoscope — to view the entire colon.
As a Weill Cornell Medicine patient, you can schedule a colonoscopy at any of our locations in lower Manhattan and the Upper East Side. Learn more about our commitment to safety, cleanliness and sanitation at all Weill Cornell Medicine facilities.
If you notice blood in your stool or experience sudden abdominal pain, bowel movements or weight loss, be sure to contact your doctor as soon as possible to determine if you should receive a colonoscopy.
For patients with an average risk for cancer, it is recommended that:
● African, African American and Black patients receive a colonoscopy every 10 years beginning at age 45
● Asian, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander and White patients receive a colonoscopy every 10 years beginning at age 50
If you have a family history of gastrointestinal cancers or other risk factors, your doctor may recommend that you have a colonoscopy earlier or more frequently.
You can expect a high-quality, comfortable screening: Your comfort is our top priority throughout the entire process. Our team:
● Uses the best available technology
● Schedules appointments and procedures around your schedule
● Is available to answer your questions at any time
● Provides safe anesthesia to ensure your comfort during the procedure
● Cares for you during your recovery and transition home
Multidisciplinary network of experts: When you choose to have a colonoscopy at Weill Cornell Medicine, you have access to a network of doctors and specialists who can provide care for all aspects of your health, at every stage of your life. If the colonoscopy results indicate anything abnormal, your doctor will quickly connect you with the appropriate specialists and care team.
Cutting-edge research: As a top-ranked academic medical center, our doctors research ways to improve colonoscopies and how gastrointestinal disorders are diagnosed. As a patient at Weill Cornell Medicine, your care is based on the most current research.
Our board-certified gastroenterologists are experts in providing comfortable colonoscopies to screen, diagnose and treat gastrointestinal disorders. Learn more about our doctors who perform colonoscopies.