What is “portal” you may ask!? It is the “patient portal!!” Here at Digestive Health Specialists we really encourage our patients to create their own patient portal and it is very easy to do! “When checking in for appointments their email address is verified on the Phreesia Pad,” mentioned Jessie Mabe, Patient Access Specialist. “…then with one click of my mouse an email is sent straight to the patient with a pin code and instructions on how to set up their own patient portal account!
Are you putting your first colonoscopy on the bottom of your “to-do” list? Is the reason because you are afraid of what the doctor might possibly find? Yes, the worst case “findings” would be colon cancer. But, what you must remember is colon cancer is extremely treatable when detected early. Moving up a colonoscopy on your “to-do” list could save your life. It can be extremely easy to put off this type of procedure because the unknown can be easy to avoid.
On Saturday, March 7th Digestive Health Specialists staff will be participating in the “Get Your Rear in Gear” Walk/Run. Monies raised will stay in our community, helping with prevention, early detection and treatment, and healthy living projects for colon cancer. Event Date & Location: Saturday March 7th 2015 Registration at 2:00pm / Walk Starts at 3:00pm BBT Ballpark Home of The Dash 951 Ballpark Way, Winston-Salem, NC We are asking all of our patients and their families to come out and join us! To sign up and join our team, click here!!! We look forward to seeing you there!
Are you embarrassed to have a colonoscopy? Not wanting to shed the undies to possibly save your life? Yes, it may be a little embarrassing but we work hard to insure your privacy and comfort throughout the entire procedure. Our caring and friendly nursing staff will greet you with a smile and guide you through the entire process. Our experienced physicians perform thousands of procedure per year, but they treat each individual patient with the utmost of privacy and respect.
Most people who get colorectal cancer DO NOT have a family member with the disease. In fact, 75% of people diagnosed with colon cancer have no history of it in their family. If you have a family history of the disease your risk is even higher. However, history or not, everyone 50 and older should get tested. Risk starts to go up around age 50 and continues to rise for the rest of your life.
Many people who are diagnosed with colorectal cancer have no symptoms, and people with polyps rarely have symptoms. In fact, 75 percent of people diagnosed have no known risk factors. Regular screening should start at age 50 or sooner if there is a family history of the disease or if you have other intestinal issues.
Here at Digestive Health Specialists, we believe in the importance of prevention. While you are taking care of your breast screening this month, we ask that you also remember the importance of screening your colon, too. It’s a fact: 75% of women report being up-to-date on their breast health screenings while only a little more than half could say the same about colon cancer.
We are excited to announce that our Ultrasound Department here at Digestive Health Specialists received accreditation once again this year through the ACR (American College of Radiology). This accreditation comes after being surveyed by the Committee on Ultrasound Accreditation of the Commission on Quality and Safety and will stand for three years.
Although colon cancer prevention is a huge part of what we do here at Digestive Health Specialists, we also see patients in our clinic daily in order to meet their digestive needs. This means that we diagnose, treat and manage a wide variety of digestive diseases. We are finding that patients are becoming more and more proactive with their health, and this is partially due to all of the information that is now easily accessed on-line.
Great news for Hepatitis C patients in 2014 as a new era has been ushered in for hepatitis C treatment. The new treatment offers the prospect of curing this viral disease that affects over 3 million Americans, accounting for more deaths than HIV, and is the leading cause for liver transplants in this country.