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Colon Specialist

Colon and Rectal Surgery of Manhattan, P.C. -  - Colorectal Surgeon

Colon and Rectal Surgery of Manhattan, P.C.

Colorectal Surgeons & Proctologists located in Manhattan, New York, NY

The colon is a complex organ which can be affected by many different conditions. To get help for colon-related issues, visit Colon and Rectal Surgery of Manhattan. Here, our doctors can provide diagnosis and treatment for all New York City, NY patients.

Colon Q & A

What is the colon?

The colon also called the large intestine, removes water, salt, and surplus nutrients from the body in the form of stool. The colon's walls are lined with specific muscles which squeeze the contents along and out of the body. Billions of bacteria spread over the interior surface of the colon and its contents, creating a healthy balance within the body. The colon plays a very important role in digestion and at Colon and Rectal Surgery, the doctors are trained to address any issues which could develop.

What conditions affect the colon?

  • Colitis- This condition causes swelling of the colon and is usually caused by inflammatory bowel disease or infections.
  • Diverticulosis- Tiny, weak areas in the colon's wall allow the lining to jut through. This creates tiny pouches known as diverticuli.
  • Diverticulitis- Here, the diverticuli become inflamed or infected.
  • Colon bleeding- Several potential colon issues could cause bleeding.
  • Crohn's disease- An inflammatory bowel disease which affects the large intestines and causing abdominal pain and diarrhea.
  • Ulcerative colitis- An inflammatory bowel disease which affects the colon and rectum.
  • Diarrhea- Stools which are frequent, loose, or watery. This is usually caused by mild infections of the colon or small intestine.
  • Salmonellosis- When the bacteria salmonella infects the intestine it can cause diarrhea and stomach cramps.
  • Shigellosis- When the colon is infected with the bacteria shigella it can cause symptoms like stomach cramps, fever, and diarrhea.
  • Travelers' diarrhea- often, several different bacteria are present in the water or food of developing nations. When these are ingested, they can infect the body causing loose stools and sometimes nausea or fever.
  • Colon Polyps- These are small growths inside the colon.
  • Colon cancer- Cancer which develops inside the colon.

What tests are used to check the health of the colon?

  • Colonoscopy- An endoscope, a flexible tube with a camera, is inserted into the rectum to examine the entire colon.
  • Virtual colonoscopy- An X-ray machine and a computer display images of the inside of the colon.
  • Stool occult blood testing- This tests for blood in the stool.
  • Sigmoidoscopy- An endoscope is inserted into the rectum to view the left side of the colon.
  • Colon biopsy- During a colonoscopy, a small piece of colon tissue can be excised for testing.

Accepted Insurance Plans

Our practice accepts most major insurance plans and most of the smaller insurance plans. If we do not participate with your insurance and your plan allows out of network benefits, our office staff will assist you with the necessary paperwork so you can receive reimbursement directly from your insurance company. If you do not see your insurance listed below, please call the office to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members about your individual coverage.

Emblem Health (GHI and HIP)
Health First
Health Plus
Nippon Life
United Health Care