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

See Entire Article Here: http://bit.ly/2oPYunx

 

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.

 

HEPATITIS ALERT!

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.

 

GASTROENTEROLOGY - HEALTHY ADVICE
Meckstroth

Steven A. Meckstroth , M.D.

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

Q - I had rectal bleeding recently that I think is from hemorrhoids; should I be concerned?

A - Anytime blood is noted in the stool, it needs to be investigated by a physician. Although rectal bleeding can occur from hemorrhoids, more serious conditions, such as colon cancer can present with this symptom. If you are having rectal bleeding, speak to your physician about whether you need further investigation.

 

 

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 Cancer Screening Guidelines

The American Cancer Society now recommends screening for colon and rectal cancers at the age of 45 instead of 50. In the last 24 years, colorectal cancers have increased in younger patients by 51 percent.

Read the announcement and full text here: ACS Recommendations and Rationale for Early Screening

 

New Diet Drugs Approved by FDA

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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