CRS Welcomes Dr. Peter Miller

colon specialist richmond vaThe Colon and Rectal Specialists team is growing.   Dr. Peter Miller, who specializes in minimally invasive surgery for colon cancer, rectal cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease is now accepting patients.

Originally from Baltimore, MD. Dr. Miller received his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA and his medical degree from the University of Maryland Medical School.

He completed his general surgery training at Steward Saint Elizabeth Medical Center in Boston, MA as well as a research year at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans with a focus on national outcomes following colorectal surgery and translational colon cancer stem cell research.

Please welcome Dr. Miller to the specialists to the Richmond Colon and Rectal Specialists team.

 

 

Best Foods To Prevent Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are a pain and one of the most common ailments we hear about.  Millions of Americans currently suffer from hemorrhoids and more than half the population will develop them at some point in their life,  usually after age 30.

Over the counter treatments can do a good job of treating symptoms of hemorrhoids, but don’t prevent the condition from recurring.

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What If Colon Cancer Runs In The Family?

It is recommended that most people get their first colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer and other issues beginning at age 50.  But what if colon cancer runs in your family?  Should you be worried or get screened sooner?

While many factors contribute to your overall health, several common health concerns, including colon cancer, can run in families.  So it is important to identify if your parents, grandparents, or other relatives suffered from colon cancer so your doctor can better evaluate your risk  – even before age 50.

Because genetics do play a role,  CRS is using the newest technology to screen patients with a family history of colon cancer.

“Our updated colonoscopy equipment allow us to detect polyps and other pathology with greater accuracy.  The High Definition monitors and advanced equipment ensures all surgeons at Colon and Rectal Specialists will continue to deliver the highest quality of care to our patients.  As surgeons, we are unique in that we can treat polyps endoscopically; but if they are too large to remove, or involve greater technical risk we can perform minimally invasive colonic resection or polyp removal via laparoscopic or Robotic techniques.” – Dr. Cary Gentry

If colon cancer runs in your family, we encourage you to talk to a specialist, like those at CRS, who can assess your risk and recommend the right age to begin colonoscopy screenings.   Read more about three Richmond area offices, or our physicians.

The Exam That Can Stop Cancer

This infographic published by The Cleveland Clinic outlines some of the top myths about colonoscopy screenings that often keep people from scheduling this lifesaving test.

Although people are talking more about colon cancer than in years past, there are still too many people not getting the simple screening test that could save thousands of lives each year.   Because colon cancer is highly treatable when caught early the importance of screening and early detection is extremely important. Read more

Honduran Pride

Day 4

Today was a long bus ride to La Cucilla Concepcion. A day where the travel, the work, and the exhaustion catch up to you. After a 1 1/2 drive through the mountains , we arrived surprised to find out that the 85 families we were supposed to see had grown to 135! All hands on deck!

I observed our team really come together as we plowed through the scores of families. We saw over 320 patients, dewormed 185 kids and extracted 87 teeth! Well done by everyone!

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Sadness in Honduras

Honduras Day #3

Unfortuntely, there are days when sadness has to boundary or limits of latitudes.

Today we were in clinic and I looked across the school room converted into a Medical Clinic and noticed an elderly woman being helped and supported by another man. She was hunched over and seemed to be unstable. We quickly made room for her at our station.

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Honduras Day 1

Today we travelled about 1 1/2 hours to the town of Santa Barbara to a nice size village that had electricity and some running water. Interestingly, there were many children within the village  with very great oral care and teeth. The parents not so much. The reason this is important is that FOB (as well as other outreach organizations) have been educating the village about the importance of brushing in the last several years! It seems to have taken hold in the parents. Our dentist Dr. Claire Kaugers extracted 23 teeth in her clinic today. Mostly adults. I had a poor little fella, Roger, who was 5 that had pain and drooling so bad because of the need to pull rotten teeth that he needed referral to her. Unfortunately, we had already closed dental and he could not get those teeth pulled. So, we do struggle to get it all done.

Nonetheless, I was blessed to have Andrea, a fantastic 23 year old Honduran who is studying International business, translate for me. We individually examined 39 patients. (See photos)

My favorite group was a woman and her 3 daughters. Ages 17, 13, and 12. They were so beautiful and were in great health. Once I finished with the girls, I asked mom how she was. At that exact time my daughter Sarah Kate who had been in the vitamin and deworming station walks up. So the mother then says, “She had been having headaches,” Looking at her and her 3 daughters and me looking to my right at mine made me realize the common bond we shared as parents. Two different cultures, two different socioeconomic situations, and languages… But one common bond: the love for your children. I smiled at mom and relayed to her that, “this is my daughter ( and with a smile pointing to our girls collectively)  and I have headaches too!”

Our group of 16 made it back safely after seeing 213 patients and rested for the afternoon. Dinner was talapia from the local farms and Virginia the cook made her flam dessert. The power then went out, as it does from time to time, which is why this blog is a little delayed. We played cards by candlelight ( a game called Rat-atat- Cat) and then hit the hay.

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