Reasons You Should See Dr. Berger
1.If you are 50 or older, and you have none of the additional risk factors mentioned below, a screening colonoscopy is recommended now. If you are African American, your recommended initial screening age is 45 since you are at slightly higher risk. If you have a family history of colon cancer or polyps, or are a smoker, significantly obese, or have had ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, your initial screening colonoscopy should take place at age 40. If someone in your family has had colon cancer at an unusually early age (before age 50), then your screening exam should begin 10 years before the age of onset for that relative.
2. If at any time you experience blood in your bowel movement (rectal bleeding), anal pain, change in bowel habits (diarrhea or constipation, straining, change in color or shape), persistent abdominal pain, or low blood count on blood tests (anemia) you very likely should have a screening colonoscopy.
3. Symptoms of unexplained weight loss could be an early sign of colon cancer.
4. You are having symptoms of frequent heartburn (acid reflux), or difficulty swallowing, upper endoscopy may be indicated (upper endoscopy is a brief examination of your esophagus, stomach and small bowel done under a light anesthesia similar to colonoscopy, but only takes about 2 min instead of 10 min for a colonoscopy).
5. If colonoscopy is done early as a screening examination, or before symptoms start, you are very unlikely to have colon cancer as a diagnosis. Even in the unlikely case that you did, 90-95% of cancers we discover are very early stage, often curable at the time of the colonoscopy.
All of our procedures and consultations are performed in our office on 1st Colonial Road near Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. We undergo accreditation every 3 years by the American Association of Ambulatory Healthcare Centers (AAAHC) with the same rigorous standards that are used to certify hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers.
All patients undergoing procedures in our Center receive anesthesia under the care of a senior Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Center for Health was the first GI practice in Hampton Roads to utilize CRNA’s for office procedures. This very safe and effective sedation method ensures that you will have NO discomfort from your procedure and there is an extremely low incidence of side effects or prolonged sedation after your procedure.