New York Gastroenterology Associates -  - Gastroenterologist

New York Gastroenterology Associates

Gastroenterologists located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Blood In Stool

At New York Gastroenterology Associates on Manhattan's Upper East Side, doctors help New York City patients maintain optimal health by identifying the causes of bloody stools. New York Gastroenterology Associates uses cutting-edge techniques which can provide patients with an accurate diagnosis and safe, effective treatment.

Blood in Stool Q & A

New York Gastroenterology Associates

How can I tell if I have blood in my stool?

Blood in the stool usually causes the stool to appear sticky or black, often assuming a tar-like appearance. Other times, you may notice bright red blood, especially when cleaning yourself after a bowel movement. Not all bleeding is serious, but some types of bleeding can be very serious. Having an evaluation if you have blood in your stool or after having a bowel movement is important for ruling out more serious causes.

What are the causes of blood in the stool?

Bloody stools can be caused by bleeding anywhere in the digestive tract, from your esophagus to your anus. Dark stools are an indication of bleeding higher up in the digestive tract, such as bleeding from an esophageal condition or an ulcer. Blood that is brighter red indicates bleeding farther along, such as in the colon, rectum or anus. This type of bleeding can be caused by inflammation, tiny cuts or fissures, polyps or tumors, diverticulitis, and other conditions.

How is the cause of bloody stools diagnosed?

After a physical exam and a review of your symptoms and personal and family medical histories, a colonoscopy or endoscopy – or both – may be ordered to look inside your digestive tract. An endoscopy evaluates your upper gastrointestinal tract from the esophagus through the stomach to the upper portion of your small intestine, while a colonoscopy looks at your rectum and colon, or large intestine. Stool samples, blood tests, and imaging tests like MRI, CT scan, ultrasound, or x-ray may also be ordered.

How is GI tract bleeding treated?

That depends on the underlying cause of bleeding as well as the severity of the bleeding. In some cases, bleeding can be managed with medication, such as medicines used to treat an ulcer. In other cases, surgical procedures may be required to treat the cause of bleeding.

Insurance and BIlling

At NYGA, we accept most major insurances. Please see the full list of plans that we are participate. If you do not see yours please call our office to see how we can help.

Aetna
Affinity Health Plan
CenterLight Healthcare
Cigna
EmblemHealth
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Fidelis Care (NY)
GHI
Health First
Health Republic
HIP
MagnaCare
Medicare
Oscar Health Insurance Co.
Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)
UnitedHealthcare
Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "Dr. Bamji and the wonderful team here brought me back to life, and made me feel like I could count on them for anything, front staff included."

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    "From start to finish, Dr. Miller and his staff were truly outstanding at putting my mind at ease and making me feel comfortable."

    Marcus V.
  • Yelp

    "I saw Dr. Miller due to ongoing IBS-type symptoms. He was thorough, genial, and clearly concerned with a proper diagnosis and my well being."

    David M.
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    "Dr. Miller goes out of his way to ensure that I understand results, reminds me of the questions I "should" be asking, and always follows up."

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Location
New York Gastroenterology Associates
311 East 79th Street , Suite 2A
Upper East Side

New York , NY 10075
Phone: 646-758-6239
Fax: 212-996-6677
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Get in touch

jenniferperez@nyga.md
646-758-6239

New York Gastroenterology Associates
311 East 79th Street
Suite 2A
New York , NY 10075