So dust off your running shoes, your nicest “undies” and meet us in Forest Park! On March 23 the staff of Gateway Gastroenterology, Gateway Endoscopy Center, and St. Luke’s GI lab will be participating in the Undy 5000 which is a family-friendly, 5K run/walk that raises awareness and funds for colon cancer research and treatment. March is colon cancer awareness month and this year Gateway is “leading the charge” both in terms of team participants and fund raising.
A number of common gastrointestinal conditions can be improved with weight loss. At Gateway we understand that weight gain negatively impacts a patient’s quality of life and therefore strive to incorporate nutritional counselling into treatment plans.
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Doctors Benage, Marshall and Su were recognized as outstanding GI physicians in 2010. In all, 24 area gastroenterologists were recognized in 2010. Most of those physicians were academicians with years of research experience at Washington University and SLU, whereas the physicians from Gateway Gastroenterology have years of experience practicing clinical gastroenterology and serving the greater St. Louis area.
At Gateway caring for patients is our priority! We honor the patient-physician relationship and we respect our patient’s time! We also understand that waiting for procedures and test results can cause undue anxiety.
To that end our goal– as physicians and staff of Gateway Gastroenterology– is to provide superior patient care and timely service from the moment you call the office to any and all interactions thereafter!
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!