Are Anoscopy Examinations Painful?

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The news that you need an anoscopy exam can be alarming, particularly if you’ve never had a rectal exam or colonoscopy in the past. Most patients worry the exam is painful, particularly if the issue in question already causes a level of discomfort.

The good news is that an anoscopy exam is not typically painful, however it may feel slightly uncomfortable and you could experience a small “pinching” sensation if biopsy is necessary.

That being said, any discomfort you experience will be relatively minimal, and you can return to your normally scheduled activities immediately afterwards.

Knowing what’s going to happen, is key to feeling more comfortable and knowledgeable about the procedure, which helps patients to relax. Being relaxed is the single most important thing you can do to minimize any type of discomfort during the exam.

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How Do I Know If My Bowel Prep Is Working?

One of the most common questions we get at CRS is “how do I know if my bowel prep is working?

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See Dr. Cary Gentry with CRS explain what to expect and the top 3 reasons some patients take longer than others.

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.

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Dispelling the Myths of Colon Cancer

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….

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Can you take Advil or Tylenol after a colonoscopy?

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You can take Tylenol before and after a colonoscopy. Avoid ibuprofen (Advil) 7 days prior. Avoid Advil 2 weeks after if you have had any polyps removed.

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.

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Stop Using Pads For Bowel Leakage

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.

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Congratulations To The 2017 Bedside Manner Award Winners

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.

Read more about our practice or the 2017 Bedside Manner Awards.

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