Colonoscopies in New Jersey

A Colonoscopy can Save Your Life

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related death, but it is also one of only a few cancers that can be prevented. Colonoscopies are routine imaging procedures that serve as a colorectal cancer screening. During this procedure, doctors can find and remove polyps hidden in the colon before they become cancerous.

Colonoscopy: What to Expect

A colonoscopy allows your doctor to visualize the lining of your large intestine. It can be performed as part of a routine screening, for patients with known polyps or family history of polyps, to evaluate a change in bowel habits such as diarrhea or constipation, to evaluate bleeding, or to evaluate changes in the lining of the colon, also known as inflammatory disorders.

A step-by-step guide to colonoscopies:

  • Your bowels will need to be emptied. Your doctor may provide you with laxatives and create a temporary clear liquid diet for you to follow a few days before the procedure.
  • Most patients are sedated for the procedure. You will need someone to accompany you to your appointment so they can drive you home afterward.
  • An IV is inserted into the arm so that you stay hydrated before and during the procedure.
  • No incisions are needed for a colonoscopy. Instead, a small flexible camera is inserted through the rectum and into the colon. If you received sedation, you should be asleep while this is happening.
  • If abnormal tissue is found, the physician may perform a biopsy, wherein a small sample of tissue is cut and removed for testing.
  • Any polyps found during the colonoscopy will be removed.

Once the colonoscopy is completed, you will be transferred to a Post Anesthesia Care Suite until you are ready to go home. The procedure only takes 20 minutes to an hour, but most patients require an hour of rest afterward as they wake-up from anesthesia. Be prepared to spend several hours at the hospital or clinic the day of your colonoscopy. Your physician will review the results of your colonoscopy after the procedure or during a follow-up visit.

Reaching 80% Screened for Colorectal Cancer by 2018

We are proud to be one of 500 local and national organizations to sign a pledge with the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) to reduce colorectal cancer rates in adults aged 50 and up by 80%. In order to accomplish this, we have embarked on a campaign to raise colorectal cancer awareness and inform our patients of the importance of colorectal cancer screening. We encourage anyone interested or concerned to reach out to our New Jersey healthcare system if they believe they need a colonoscopy.

Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
600 River Avenue
Lakewood, NJ 08701
(732) 363-1900
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Saint Barnabas Medical Center
94 Old Short Hills Road
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-5000
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Monmouth Medical Center
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 222-5200
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Clara Maass Medical Center
1 Clara Maass Drive
Belleville, NJ 07109
(973) 450-2000
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Community Medical Center
99 Highway 37 West
Toms River, NJ 08755
(732) 557-8000
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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
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Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
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Jersey City Medical Center
355 Grand Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 915-2000
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RWJ University Hospital Rahway
865 Stone Street
Rahway, NJ 07065
(732) 381-4200
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RWJ University Hospital Hamilton
1 Hamilton Health Place
Hamilton, NJ 08690
(609) 586-7900
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RWJ University Hospital New Brunswick
1 Robert Wood Johnson Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 828-3000
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Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center
200 South Orange Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-7000
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The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 923-7250
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