Colorectal diseases are very common. Some cause symptoms such as abdominal pain or rectal bleeding. Others may progress silently, detectable only through screening strategies. In both cases, experienced colorectal specialists are required to identify the cause of symptoms and to find cancers and other potentially “invisible” diseases early, when they are most curable. We customize a plan of care specific to your disease, one that takes your needs and preferences into account. We treat all of you, with the goal of curing your disease or helping you live a better quality of life with chronic colorectal disease.
Comprehensive Care for All Colorectal Disorders
From screening and diagnosis through treatment and beyond, we provide care for people with every type of colorectal disorder, including:
- Colorectal polyps
- Colorectal cancer
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Inherited cancers
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
Making the Diagnosis
The symptoms of colorectal diseases can be quite general. We offer a thorough evaluation to diagnosis colorectal disorders—the first and most important step in making sure you get the most effective treatment. Through a one-on-one exchange, your doctor will ask you about your personal and family medical history, your symptoms, and other questions that can help lead to an accurate diagnosis. From there, you may undergo diagnostic testing. We offer every type of test, such as stool blood testing, barium enema (examination of your lower digestive tract using x-ray and a contrast agent), and sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy (inspection of the inside of the colon with a flexible scope). At NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, we use a variety of colonoscopy techniques in addition to traditional colonoscopy. Your doctor will discuss your diagnostic testing options with you.