What is a colonoscopy like?

Daniel Labow, MD
Surgical Oncology

The psychological barriers for getting a colonoscopy are often bigger than the physical ones, says Daniel Labow, MD, an oncology surgeon at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. In this video, Dr. Lebow explains what it feels like to undergo a colonoscopy.

In a colonoscopy, a physician inserts a scope into the colon to look for and remove precancerous polyps. Patients are sedated during the procedure. In this video, Sharmila Anandasabapathy, MD, a gastroenterologist, describes the typical colonoscopy.


Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Dr. Oz tells his personal story of a colonoscopy and the results that changed his life. In this video, Dr. Oz talks about his colonoscopy experience.

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