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Colonoscopy Specialist

Hal N Buch, MD

Gastroenterology located in Kingston, NY

To safeguard your colon health, Hal N Buch, MD and Marisa Flanagan, FNP-BC, offer a variety of in-office services at their Kingston, New York office, including a colonoscopy. Thanks in large part to colon cancer screening and early detection tests like colonoscopies, the death rate from colon cancer has been on the decline in recent years. Call the office to schedule your appointment for a colonoscopy or use the online scheduler to book now.

Colonoscopy Q & A

What are risk factors for colon cancer?

Your risk for developing colon cancer increases as you age. Other factors that increase your risk include:

  • Family history of polyps of colorectal cancer
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, such as colitis or Crohn’s
  • Lack of exercise
  • A diet low in fiber, fruits, and vegetables
  • Excess weight
  • Smoking
  • Frequent alcohol use

Talk to Dr. Buch about how you can make lifestyle changes that reduce your risk for colon cancer.

What are the symptoms of colon cancer?

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Buch if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bowel habit changes like constipation or diarrhea
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Anemia
  • Blood in your stool

These symptoms don’t always mean cancer is present, as they’re often linked to other conditions as well. Either way, an exam with Dr. Buch is essential at finding the root cause of these problems and getting relief from these unpleasant symptoms.  

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a diagnostic test that Dr. Buch uses to monitor the health of your colon. The test detects irregularities along the lining of your colon and in your rectum. Some problems that a colonoscopy can detect are:

  • Inflammation
  • Tumors
  • Ulcers
  • Polyps
  • Tumors
  • Cancer

Colonoscopies are recommended every 10 years beginning at age 50. If you have other risk factors or a history of polyps, Dr. Buch may recommend having a colonoscopy more frequently.

How do I get ready for a colonoscopy?

To get the most from your test, it’s imperative that your colon be completely empty and free from stool. To accomplish that, Dr. Buch prescribes laxatives for you to take the day prior to the test. You’ll also be on a clear liquid diet for 24 hours before your colonoscopy.

What can I expect during a colonoscopy?

Dr. Buch uses anesthesia to put you to sleep during the short procedure. He pumps a gas into your colon to open it up so he can see clearly. With a colonoscope, an ultra-thin, pliable tube that has a camera and light attachment, he examines your colon and rectum closely, taking photos along the way.

During the procedure, he may remove polyps, inflamed tissues, or take a biopsy.

For a comprehensive colon screening appointment, call Hal Buch, MD or use the online scheduler to book now.