Gastroenterology Institute of Southern California

The Gastroenterology Institute of Southern California Explains the Colonoscopy and Why It Is Important

The Gastroenterology Institute of Southern California is located in Beverly Hills, California. They provide state-of-the-art procedures to examine your digestive system and relieve you of your digestive problems.


Beverly Hills, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/07/2013 -- Your digestive health is critical to your overall well-being. Have you undergone your scheduled colonoscopy, to ensure your digestive and general health? Turn to Dr. Petyon P. Berookim, and his Gastroenterology Institute, for your next colonoscopy or other digestive health procedure. His Institute offers all the state-of-the-art procedures to examine your digestive system both comprehensively and comfortably.

A common state-of-the-art digestive health exam Dr. Berookim’s institute provides is the colonoscopy. In a colonoscopy, Dr. Berookim tests the inside of the colon (also known as the large intestine or large bowel) with a colonoscope, which is a four-foot flexible tube the thickness of a finger with a camera and light at its tip. A colonoscopy sounds nerve-wracking; but it’s considered the "gold standard" for colorectal cancer screening. It actually prevents colon cancer, since it is both a diagnostic and therapeutic procedure. A colonoscopy most often looks for the cause of blood in the stool, abdominal pain, diarrhea, a change in bowel habits or other digestive system abnormalities. It is recommended that even healthy people, who are at normal risk for colon cancer, should have their first colonoscopy at age 50 and again every 10 years.

The American Cancer Society also recommends everyone, beginning at age 50 and every 5 years afterwards, be screened for colorectal cancer. Besides a colonoscopy, Dr. Berookim’s GI Institute provides another state-of-the-art procedure, flexible sigmoidoscopy. Sigmoidoscopy is used in cancer screening and to determine the reason for rectal bleeding. This digestive health procedure assists Dr. Berookim’s diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and other benign diseases of the lower intestine.

Dr. Berookim also specializes in Capsule Endoscopy, commonly called the “pill cam.” In this ultra-modern procedure, a small, "pill-sized" video capsule photographs the inside of the esophagus, stomach and small intestine. In the past, problems of the small intestine were difficult to diagnose and treat without surgery. Other classic radiological procedures, such as the upper GI series, require swallowing barium and following it as it passes through the intestine with X-rays. Like most small intestine tests, these procedures are time-consuming. And, they inaccurately find small tumors and other small intestine defects. But, Capsule Endoscopy, like the rest of the state-of-the-art procedures Dr. Berookim offers, provides an efficient and easy way to examine your small intestines for abnormalities like Crohn’s disease and maintain your digestive health.

All the technology Dr. Berookim’s GI Institute provides is state-of-the-art. Exams of the digestive system aren’t like they once were; the procedures Dr. Berookim uses are effective while also easy on your body and you. If you want to care for or are concerned about your digestive health, especially if you’re 50 or older, contact Dr. Berookim’s institute. Dr. Berookim, and his expert staff care about relieving you completely of your digestive problems. Contact his institute now, or request an appointment online.


9735 Wilshire Blvd
Ste. 421
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 271-1122