Voting for The 5th Annual Bedside Manner Awards is open!
The Bedside Manner Awards honors medical providers who are voted on by the local community for their kindness, empathy and attentiveness – attributes that go a long way in gaining a patient’s confidence.
Vote in over 60 specialties for healthcare providers that you believe reflect these qualities and more when caring for you and your family. The voting polls close at midnight on June 15th.
Winners will be announced in the November/December issue of OurHealth Richmond magazine.
Colon and Rectal Specialists is proud to be a sponsor of the 2017 Boxer Brief 5K June 3rd at Stony Point Fashion Park. This family friendly event includes a 5K run/walk, a Kids Bubble Run, School Team Challenge and lots of fun!
The annual 5K event is organized by local non-profit organization, Hitting Cancer Below The Belt whose mission is to offer events and services, raise awareness, funds and education for local efforts in cancer prevention.
Dr. Vorenberg with CRS serves on the Board of Directors for the non-profit and is involved in planning and outreach for many events.
So mark your calendars for Saturday June 3rd and join us for this very special event to help raise awareness, funds and save lives.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month dedicated to awareness, education and the importance of colonoscopy screenings to prevent colon cancer before it starts.
Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States but when caught early it is highly treatable. An estimated 60% of the deaths attributed to colon cancer could be prevented with routine screenings, like colonoscopies. Dr. Vorenberg, and all the physicians at CRS, are dedicated to educating patients, and the community, about the importance of simple screening tests that could save many lives.
Dr. Miller from Colon and Rectal Specialists was recently featured on NBC12 Neighborhood Health Watch to talk about the importance of colonoscopy screenings.
One of the most common question 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.
And no one wants to get to a colonoscopy appointment and be told their prep didn’t fully empty the colon and they’ll have to do it again.
So how do you know if your bowel prep isn’t working?
Everyone is Different
Many people start their prep and expect something to happen with minutes– but everyone is different and for some people prep just takes longer to begin and complete.
For the average patient prep takes 6-8 hours to complete and often women can take longer than men. Women often have longer colons due to childbirth or hysterectomies so it can take more time for material to travel through the colon.
Generally if you’ve started prep but haven’t felt the urge to go to bathroom after an hour, there is no cause for concern or a call to the doctor’s office.
However, if it has been more than 4 hours since you started the bowel prep process and you aren’t feeling the effects please contact our office for instructions. Or if you experience persistent nausea or vomiting during preparation you should call and let us know.
Health Issues or Medications May Also Impact Prep
Not following the instructions, or drinking clear liquids as prescribed can slow or negatively impact bowel prep. And patients with diabetes, neurologic conditions or those who take certain medications suffer from chronic constipation may take up to twice as long to complete the process.
This is just one of the many reasons the physicians at CRS may meet with patients beforehand to review your health history and identify and factors that might impact the type of prep given.
It is important to bring a list of every medication you are taking, as there are several different colon preparations and your CRS doctor will determine the best prep based on your specific situation.
If necessary your CRS doctor may consult with your primary care, or GI doctor, to discuss stopping, or altering dosage, or certain medications prior to your exam.
Signs Your Colon is Clear
The morning of your exam if you are still passing brown liquid with solid material mixed in, your colon may not be ready and you should contact your doctor’s office.
Passing mostly clear or only a light color, including yellow, is a sign your colon is clean enough for an accurate examination.
Established in 1913, CRS is one of the oldest continually operating groups of colon and rectal surgeons in the country and the largest state-of-the-art practice on the East Coast with three locations around Richmond, VA.
The physicians and staff of Colon & Rectal Specialists are committed to providing to all our patients the special care and education needed for the treatment of colon and rectal problems.
Wondering if you can take Advil or Tylenol before or after a colonoscopy? This is actually a very common question.
Multiple generations of a family are more likely to gather on holidays, like Thanksgiving – often with relatives they may not see very often, or even know much about.
Despite more education colorectal cancer (commonly called colon cancer) remains the third-deadliest cancer in the United States and colon cancer impacting both men and women.
But routine screenings can prevent colorectal cancer. When detected and treated early or find it at an early the 5-year survival rate is 90%. So many lives could be saved though a simple colonoscopy screening!
You may have heard us talk about the Colon and Rectal Specialist Kinder Colonoscopy which includes more tolerable colon prep including Split Dosing.
But what is Split Dosing and how does it benefit patients and help make the colonoscopy experience more comfortable?
To get accurate colonoscopy results, the colon must be empty as residue in the colon can make it harder for the doctor to view your colon during the exam – meaning a polyp or other issue might not be identified.
In order to clear the colon, patients are given medications with a laxative effect. Traditionally preparing for a colonoscopy meant completing prep the night before the procedure. This usually required drinking large amounts of the solution which most people found to be uncomfortable at best.
A Split Dose prep involves drinking half of the prep solution the evening before the colonoscopy screening and the remainder the next morning.
Patients find this method easier to manage and more comfortable, and research is also showing this method may produce better results.