To provide a better outpatient experience Gateway physicians will now be seeing new office consultations and follow-up office visits in the St. Luke’s Outpatient Center/Desloge Outpatient Center located across the street from St. Luke’s Hospital. No longer will patients need to fight for parking spots worrying about being late for an appointment. Gateway’s new office offers numerous parking spots with only a short walk to the front door. On rainy or snowy days consider valet parking!
Hemorrhoid problems affect more than 50% of the population with people often suffering from recurrent bleeding, itching, irritation, and mild incontinence. Treatments such as keeping stools soft with a high fiber diet, avoiding excessive straining while defecating, and using various ointments and suppositories can sometimes be effective. However, in many people the symptoms persist, and the most common treatment recommended is hemorrhoid banding.
If you will be undergoing a “screening colonoscopy”, meaning that you presently don’t have any GI symptoms, please be aware that if during the procedure a polyp is removed or a biopsy is performed, some insurance carriers will no longer consider this a “screening” procedure and may charge you a higher rate.
Colonoscopy for colon cancer screening is an underutilized resource. Only half of those over age 50 have undergone this potentially life-saving procedure. Some are fearful that the procedure may cause pain (it doesn’t) or are reluctant to undergo bowel preparation (it is much easier with the Gatorade bowel preparation). Others simply have a difficult time “fitting it into their schedule”.
2010 promises to be a challenging year for physicians and patients as healthcare reform debate intensifies. Whether you have private, employer-provided health insurance or Medicare you will likely be affected by the potential healthcare/health insurance changes currently being debated in congress.
Become an active participant in the discussion by educating yourself regarding the proposed changes to our nation’s medical system. Please know that we at Gateway Gastroenterology continue to support important health initiatives which we feel are in the best interests of our patients!
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Gateway doctors specialize in gastrointestinal and liver diseases. Colon cancer is the #2 cause of cancer-related death, yet it is almost entirely preventable if adults begin routine screening at age 50. The physicians of Gateway Gastroenterology are dedicated to revolutionizing the field with their philosophy of A BETTER WAY.
Check out the latest St. Louis Magazine Best Doctors issue to see which Gateway physicians were honored as some of the St. Louis area’s “standout” physicians.
The August issue is available in stores now and some content can be viewed at the St. Louis Magazine website at http://www.stlmag.com/media/St-Louis-Magazine/August-2009/Best-Doctors-2009/.