Need a Colonoscopy Los Angeles ? GI Specialist Dr. Berookim Can See You Now.
Colon cancer is even more prevalent than esophageal cancer. In fact, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women in the United States. That’s why colonoscopy Los Angeles specialist Peyton Berookim, MD, FACG urges individuals age 50 or older to get a colonoscopy. Los Angeles area patients appreciate the fact that this screening takes less than half an hour. Identifying and removing colon polyps prevents abnormal tissue from becoming cancerous.
What Does a Colonoscopy Involve?
Patients are required to be on a liquid diet the day before the procedure. They prepare further by drinking a special liquid formula the evening before the colonoscopy to clear the intestines and colon. The procedure itself is painless as it is done under sedation to ensure patient comfort.
The scope is a flexible tube about the width of a finger. It has a video camera and light at the tip to provide a clear, continuous picture of the lining of the colon. The scope is gently advanced from the rectum all the way up through the large intestine and then gradually withdrawn. A “third eye” camera can also be used to show the back side of folds in the tissue.
If there are polyps in the colon, a biopsy tool can be inserted through the scope’s channel to remove the abnormal tissue. Patients know the initial results of their colonoscopy before they leave. If tissue samples were taken, these are examined microscopically to determine if any cancerous changes have occurred. After the procedure, patients spend a short time resting to ensure they are fine before they return home (being driven by a friend or family member). The next day, patients go back to normal activities.
Benefits of Having a Colonoscopy with Dr. Berookim
Dr. Berookim is a double board-certified gastroenterologist who uses the most advanced equipment and the best treatment methods to ensure the highest level of patient care.
- Berookim routinely identifies more polyps than the average number found by gastroenterologists
- He performs the inspection slowly (longer withdrawal time) to ensure the most thorough and accurate results
- He can use the 3rd eye colonoscope which may increase polyp detection rates by more than 20%
- He performs a complete colonoscopy, with a “cecal intubation rate” of almost 100%
- Berookim’s complication rate is far below the national average
Patients and peers recommend Dr. Peyton Berookim, MD, FACG without reservation. He has been selected as a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology (FACG), received the Patients’ Choice Award, and been recognized as America’s Top Gastroenterologist for many consecutive years.
Call 310.271.1122 to schedule your consultation for a colonoscopy Los Angeles. Santa Monica, Hollywood and Beverly Hills patients can also find out if they qualify for participation in the Open Access program to get a screening without an initial consultation.