Jeffrey H. Sherman, MD
Gastroenterologist located in Los Angeles, CA
As a leading gastroenterologist in the Greater Los Angeles area, Dr. Sherman provides the most advanced care for issues affecting the large intestine, including using state-of-the-art colonoscopy techniques for assessment and diagnosis of colon cancer and other types of bowel disorders and diseases.
Colonoscopy Q & A
What is a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a same-day procedure that uses a long, flexible scope to look inside your colon (your large intestine) so Dr. Sherman can check for signs of colon cancer or other bowel diseases and evaluate and remove small growths called polyps. Performed under sedation, colonoscopy uses a colonoscope with a tiny camera on the end to transmit pictures of your colon to a computer screen for viewing. The colonoscope can also be used to remove fleshy growths called polyps and other tissue samples for evaluation under a microscope.
What steps do I have to take to prepare for my colonoscopy?
The day before your colonoscopy, you'll need to take a preparation either in liquid or pill form to clean your bowels so the bowel walls can be clearly seen during the procedure. The preparation will cause you to move your bowels frequently. You'll also be given instructions about what medications you can and can't take, and your diet will be restricted.
How often should I have a colonoscopy performed?
Guidelines recommend most people should have a colonoscopy every five years beginning at age 50; however, if you have a personal or family history of colon cancer or if you have other risk factors that increase your risk for developing colon cancer, you will need more frequent screenings.
What happens if Dr. Sherman finds a polyp?
First, don't worry: Many polyps are benign (not cancerous). When a polyp is found during a colonoscopy, it can be removed at the same time without the need for an additional procedure. The polyp tissue will be sent to a lab for evaluation to determine if any cancerous cells are present. If cancerous tissue is found, Dr. Sherman will discuss your treatment options that might be needed to prevent cancer from developing.
Major Insurance Providers Accepted
We accept most major insurance plans, however, at this time, we are not providers for any HMO plans. We will gladly bill your insurance plans for you, however, you will be responsible for any co-pays and/or deductibles.
Please familiarize yourself with your plans policies for GI care. Pre-certification may be required prior to treatment or testing. All billing inquiries should be directed to our office during normal business hours.
Words from our patients
"There was no waiting at Dr. Sherman's office. The staff was most courteous, and Dr. Sherman made me feel comfortable right from the start of the visit."
"Great office, friendly and efficient staff. Doctor Sherman is a highly professional physician that provides the best service."