I was referred to Dr. Murrell by my OB/GYN because I turned 50, so it was time for my colonoscopy! His office got me in for a consultation within a couple of days, and his entire staff was warm and friendly. Dr. Murrell himself was engaging, funny, and a very good listener. I think he's just amazing!! I highly recommend him!
Have You Been Screened? Colonoscopy in Los Angeles
A colonoscopy is a common endoscopic procedure done to examine the large intestine, colon and rectum. Dr. Murrell, a colorectal specialist, will perform a colonoscopy in Los Angeles at his office as a way to diagnose or treat a number of colorectal conditions.
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What is Colonoscopy and How is it Done?
A colonoscopy is done with a colonoscope, a very thin, flexible endoscopic tool that is used to both examine the colon and rectum and also treat colon and rectal conditions. A small lighted, digital camera lets Dr. Murrell exam every inch of the walls of the colon and rectum.
If needed, forceps, loops, or swabs can be used through the colonoscope device. These small tools can also be used to test and do a biopsy of the areas of the intestinal wall or remove polyps from the colon or rectal area. Typically this is an out patient procedure that Dr. Murrell performs at his Los Angeles office.
Dr. Zuri Murrell Credentials
- Named to Southern California Super Doctors® 2015-2017
- Director of the Colorectal Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai
- Double board-certified and one of the surgeons in the west coast specifically trained in minimally invasive colorectal surgery
- Magna Cum Laude graduate of Morehouse College
- Medical Degree at the University of California, Los Angeles
- Top Doctor for Colon and Rectal Surgeries in 2015-2018
- Member of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery
- Member of the American Board of Surgery
- Member of the American Medical Association
- Fellowship in Colorectal Surgery From Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in 2008
- Fellowship in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery from the University of California, Irvine in 2007
Why Have a Colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is not only a method for screening the bowel for cancer or determining the cause of stomach pain or diarrhea. It is also a method of cancer prevention. During the procedure Dr. Murrell looks for polyps which are clumps of abnormal tissue that grow on a mucous membrane. Polyps can occur in the nose, uterus as well as in the colon or rectum.
Most polyps are benign but some are precancerous. Removing polyps during a routine colonoscopy prevents them from becoming cancerous which is why this is one cancer that can be prevented by a test. Dr. Murrell is a strong advocate of regular colonoscopy screenings for this reason and provides among the most gentle, thorough colonoscopy Beverly Hills can provide.
Dr. Murrell has treated thousands of patients for colon-rectal conditions. What sets him apart is the care he and his staff take to educate their patients about colonoscopy procedures.
Each of Dr. Murrell’s patients is counseled as to why colonoscopies are vital in screening for an early detection of colon cancers. Symptoms of colon and rectal cancer are often not present until the condition has reached advanced stages. When detected and treated early, the cure rate for colon cancer is 80% or better. For this reason, Dr. Murrell regularly administers one of the most thorough colonoscopies in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills and recommends that patients age 50 and over with normal risk factors for colon cancer get screened on an annual basis.
A colonoscopy is done for a number reasons including:
- To detect colorectal cancer or precancerous polyps
- To determine the cause of rectal bleeding, black, bloody or dark stool, for example due to an anal fissure or hemorrhoids
- To examine the cause of chronic diarrhea or long-term abdominal pain
- To determine the cause of iron deficiencies
- To study the cause of unexplained, sudden weight loss
- To examine the colon after abnormal test results from imaging scans such as CT, MRIs or other x-rays
- To treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Colonoscopies also are a highly useful tool for determining the cause of abdominal pain or other intestinal problems. If you are experiencing any such symptoms Dr. Murrell can perform a colonoscopy in Beverly Hills at his practice and utilizing this technology, he can accurately diagnose and then properly treat your condition.
What is the Aftercare Procedure?
After a colonoscopy examination, you may pass gas or feel bloated for a few hours. The air is clearing from your colon. Walking may help relieve discomfort.
Be gentle with your digestive system. Eat and drink items that are easy to digest, such as water and fluid-based foods that also avoid dehydration. Your doctor may also recommend you follow a soft, low-residue diet immediately after the procedure.
If polyps are removed during your colonoscopy, it may take up to a week to fully recover. During your recovery period, avoid activities that will exert you, including lifting anything over five pounds. It is normal to experience some minor rectal bleeding.
Why Choose Dr. Zuri Murrell for your Colonoscopy?
Dr. Murrell is a world-renowned colorectal surgeon serving West Hollywood, Los Alamitos, Beverly Hills, Long Beach and beyond. His focus is on restoring quality of life for patients struggling with colon cancer, Crohn’s disease, hemorrhoids, colitis, and IBS using a minimally invasive surgical approach. Dr. Murrell is board-certified in colorectal surgery and was voted Top Doctor for Colon and Rectal Surgeries in 2015-2020 by his peers in Los Angeles Magazine.
Dr. Murrell takes his time to help patients understand their diagnoses and empowers them with personalized treatment options. As a nationally recognized colorectal surgeon, Dr. Murrell gives back to the community by training colleagues and students at the prestigious Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.
Dr. Murrell is a non contracted provider with all PPO plans. He is in network with Medicare and Tricare Select. Please call to confirm your specific insurance plan.
Schedule Your Colonoscopy Today
Is it time to schedule your colonoscopy? Do you have questions about the procedure? Dr. Murrell performs hundreds of colonoscopy procedures each year and is ready to answer any questions you might have. Give us a call at (323) 310-1137 or click here to make an appointment today with one of the top Los Angeles colonoscopy doctors, Zuri Murrell.