Virginia Beach Cancer Screening, Screening Colonoscopy, Endoscopy & Gastroenterology Consultations
The Center for Health and Cancer Prevention is a gastroenterology practice serving Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk and Portsmouth, and is exclusively focused on:
1) Colon Cancer Screenings (screening colonoscopy)
2) Diagnostic Gastroenterology tests : Upper endoscopies, colonoscopies, sigmoidoscopy
3) Gastroenterology Consultations (any gastroenterology issues or problems such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing, abdominal pain, blood in the stool, hemorrhoid symptoms, anal pain, change in bowel habits, diarrhea, straining, difficult bowel movement, anemia, blood loss, diverticulosis etc.)
All cancer screenings and evaluations are performed at our Virginia Beach office by Dr. Keith Berger, M.D., who is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Berger’s training includes Harvard College, Duke University Medical Center, and Yale University.
Dr. Berger has safely performed over 40,000 colonoscopies.
Dr. Berger sees both patients referred from other physicians and patients who are referred by themselves, family or friends.
Reasons to see Dr. Berger
1. A screening colonoscopy is recommended if you are 50 or over. Colonoscopy is advised earlier (e.g. age 40) if you have other factors that put you at higher risk for cancer such as:
a) family member(s) with colon polyps or colon cancer
c) symptoms of blood in the stool
e) abdominal pain
f) if you yourself have had polyps or colon cancer
g) change in bowel habits.
h) unexplained weight loss which could be an early sign of colon cancer.
2. Colonoscopy is an examination of the lining of your colon (large bowel). It is performed for either screening (preventive) or to help in diagnosis if you have symptoms like those described above.
3. You are having frequent heartburn (acid reflux), or difficulty swallowing, or another ‘upper’ abdominal symptom you may require upper endoscopy (a brief procedure to examine your esophagus, stomach and small bowel)
All of our procedures and consultations are performed in our office on 1st Colonial Road near Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. Our office is American Association of Ambulatory Healthcare Centers (AAAHC) certified and passes the same safety and quality measures as hospitals and outpatient surgery centers.
Patients undergoing colonoscopy or another procedure receive anesthesia from our experienced Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA’s). Our procedures are both safe and comfortable because we use anesthesia instead of partially conscious sedation. We have been using this technique for 16 years with an outstanding patient safely and satisfaction record.
Anesthesia provides complete sleep and comfort for the entire colonoscopy procedure, with virtually no side effects. Dr. Berger pioneered the use of anesthesia for gastroenterology procedures in the Tidewater area because he is committed to the utmost in patient comfort and safety.