FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

How long will I have to wait to get an appointment?

Mount Sinai prioritizes timely and responsive care. Every referral is assessed for urgency level and scheduled as quickly as possible. Our DAP navigator will contact you to schedule your appointment. Your appointment for a consultation will be scheduled within two weeks of receiving a referral.

Will the colonoscopy be uncomfortable or painful?

Nurses and physicians in our endoscopy department work with patients to ensure their comfort during the procedure.  Most patients receive pain medication and/or sedative prior to colonoscopy. These medicines help patients relax and feel sleepy during the test, and many patients don’t remember the procedure when they wake up. Patients may feel groggy/sleepy after the test. In most cases, patients receive conscious sedation which is lighter than a general anesthesia, but patients are not fully aware of what is happening and often have no memory of the procedure after fully awakening.

How do I prepare for a colonoscopy?

You will be provided with important and detailed instructions for your procedure, based on your individual needs, in writing.

How long will it take to get results of the test after my colonoscopy?

The doctor will discuss the test with you following the colonoscopy and inform you of any next steps before you leaving your appointment.

If I am diagnosed with colorectal cancer, will I be treated at Mount Sinai Hospital?

Yes, the same surgeon who performed the colonoscopy will provide your treatment. The surgeon will work with other clinicians to develop an individualized treatment plan that may include chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy in addition to surgery.