Premier Endoscopy Center Can Save You 50% Compared to a Hospital-Based Outpatient Endoscopy Center

On average, Premier Endoscopy Center saves patients 50 percent on colonoscopy procedures compared to outpatient hospital rates.

Independent surgery centers procedures are covered by Medicare and other insurance’s. Especially now that many patients have very high deductibles, these cost savings go directly to the patient.

A national review of physician offices procedural costs showed that Medicare pays 164% more for procedures performed in outpatient hosptial settings compared to independent physician offices.

You have the right to ask what a hospital is going to charge you for a procedure !! Having your procedure at Premier Endoscopy Center will save patients, insurance companies and reduce the overall cost of health care for all Americans! 

Source: Becker's Hospital Review - 12/4/2017

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New Barrett's Esophagus Treatment Now Available

An effective and safe technology for treating Barrett’s esophagus, including long segment BE and areas with dysplasia, has been added to our list of endoscopic procedures, as a FDA approved technique, and is available to our patients at this time.

The BARRX RF ablation system is designed to remove the Barrett’s esophageal epithelium in a short endoscopic procedure that patients tolerate well and that reduce risks of progression to CANCER.

This technique provides a uniform and controlled ablative therapy at a consistent depth. It can remove the layer of diseased tissue while sparing healthy underlying tissue. This allows regrowth of new, healthy tissue within 8 weeks.

This innovative endoscopic procedure will replace the “watch and wait” Barrett’s esophagus management protocol with a “diagnose and treat” standard of care.

Please contact our office for initial evaluation and coordinated protocol of treatment to be offered to you . We will be more than happy to assist you.



Nearly 400 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis. Globally, there is an estimated 1.4 million cases of hepatitis A each year, 240 million people are living with chronic hepatitis B and 130-150 million people are living with chronic hepatitis C. Over a million people die each year from causes related to viral hepatitis such as cirrhosis and liver cancer.



Steven A. Meckstroth , M.D.

Gastroenterology Specialists
1656 Medical Blvd., Ste. 301
Naples, FL 34110
(239) 593-6201

Q - My doctor suggested that I start taking a baby aspirin every day to help protect my heart. I have heard that aspirin can cause stomach ulcers. How will I know if I have an ulcer?

A - An ulcer is an open sore in the lining of the stomach or intestine. Ulcers can produce symptoms such as abdominal pain (usually worse after eating), nausea, and/or vomiting. However, some people with ulcers don't experience any symptoms. Taking aspirin or medications like ibuprofen (often referred to as anti-inflammatory) does increase the risk of developing ulcers, but not everyone on these medications will get them. You should discuss your concerns with your physician. Seek medical attention if you experience the above-mentioned symptoms or notice black stools or blood in your stool.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends one time blood test for Hepatitis C Virus screening for all Americans born between 1945 - 1965 due to unusually high incidence in this age group. Please contact our office to facilitate your testing.


New Diet Drugs Approved by FDA

Just before Christmas, the FDA approved another exciting new weight-loss medication to help you win the battle against being over-weight.

Saxenda is part of a class of drugs known as glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists. It works by stimulating insulin production and triggering the release of glucagon (a hormone produced by the body) from the pancreas. The drug also dampens appetite.

We are also offering other FDA approved medications such as Lorcaserin (Belviq) and Phentermine-Topiramate ER (Qsymia) to help you on your weight-loss journey. Belviq works by helping you feel full while eating less. The combo medication Qsymia helps to increase your energy and decrease your appetite.

At Gastroenterology Specialists we recognize that many weight related issues such as high blood pressure, type II diabetes or high cholesterol, can be managed by going after the root cause of obesity or being overweight.

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