One of the most common questions we get at CRS is “how do I know if my bowel prep is working?
When prepping for a colonoscopy your doctor has probably talked to you about how important the bowel prep process is for accurate results. Residue left behind can make it harder for the doctor to view your colon during the exam – meaning a polyp or other issue might not be seen as clearly or even missed.
The good news is that caught early,colon cancer survival rates are as high as 92%. The bad news is those desirable statistics may only apply to those who catch their cancer while it’s still in the first-stage.
When colon cancer is caught too late, the story can become all-too-common: Someone who patient did, indeed, have symptoms that raised a red flag, but he or she didn’t think they would have cancer because….
This is a common question. We want to note that you are advised to stop taking any Blood Thinners*, ibuprofen (Advil®) included, 7 days prior to your exam. Most of the time, you can take Tylenol® before and after unless there are unusual circumstances.
When you live with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), abdominal pain, constipation, and diarrhea are regular and unwanted guests.
These common IBS symptoms disappear and reappear; they range from mild, to severe and debilitating. The constant symptom fluctuation makes it difficult to know if and when to seek medical attention and treatment.
Are you tired of using pads for accidental bowel leakage but don’t know what else to do?
Bowel leakage, or fecal incontinence, is embarrassing, disruptive to daily life and also very common. That’s right, even though you may feel alone and not want to discuss it, the truth is millions of people suffer from the same condition.
The annual Our Health Richmond Bedside Manner awards were recently announced.
Congratulations to all the Richmond area providers who were recognized and thank you to all the CRS patients who voted for our colon specialists and practice.
Dr. Gentry, Dr. Charron and Dr. Vorenberg were all recognized in the General Surgery category. Dr. Charron received the first place award, Dr. Gentry received the third place award and Dr. Vorenberg received an honorable mention.
The mission of all the providers in our practice is to provide high quality medical care for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of colorectal cancer and other intestinal and anorectal disorders.
While hemorrhoids are a pain, the good news is most do not require surgery and can be managed through other treatments, changes in diet, or at home remedies.
Surgery for hemorrhoids is usually only performed for severe cases, such as when home remedies aren’t working, emergencies (such as extreme bleeding), or when they become so bothersome or painful that they impact your lifestyle.
It is finally starting to feel like fall in Richmond and the holiday season will be here soon. This usually means errands and shopping, trips to visit family out of town, holiday gatherings, parties and even end of year deadlines at work.
During this busy time of year it is easy to make others a priority and forget about your own health and well-being. Skimping on sleep, driving past the gym and putting off important appointments, like a routine colonoscopy, are more common.
At Colon & Rectal Specialists we know it can be hard to schedule appointments when life gets busy. No matter what time of year. This is why we offer Saturday Colonoscopy Clinics – to give our patients more convenient scheduling options.
A simple colonoscopy can save your life, so there’s no reason to put it off. Prep is easier than ever and the procedure itself if relatively painless.
Dr. Gentry has a limited number of appointments available on Saturday, November 18th in our private Stony Point endoscopy suite in Richmond.
Call (804) 249-2465 to schedule this potentially life saving test and give your family the best gift of all this holiday season – your health.
Many women think colon cancer is a men’s health issue and don’t see the need for colon screening procedures like colonoscopies.
The truth is colon cancer doesn’t play favorites and can occur in both women and men. According to the CDC, colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer among women behind breast and lung cancer.
Colonoscopies for Women over the Age of 50
If you are a woman age 50 or older take the time to schedule a colonoscopy. This life-saving test can detect benign polyps that can be removed during the procedure – before they have a chance to turn into cancer.
Here’s an informative video with some more information:
Don’t wait. Talk to your doctor or contact Colon & Rectal Specialists for an appointment. After all, you don’t want to miss the chance to kiss those grandkids – and change their dirty diapers.
Have Questions About Maintaining a Healthy Colon?
It’s normal to have questions about colonoscopy screenings, colon cancer risks, and other colon-health-related topics. Contact Colon & Rectal Specialists in Richmond, VA to schedule an appointment.