New Office and a New Physician

At Gastroenterology Specialists we are excited to announce the opening of a new office in South Naples to better serve the communities of Naples, East Naples and Marco Island. And we are even more excited to announce Dr. Guy Winzenried MD FACG, a well-rounded gastroenterologist with decades of experience, will be joining our team and opening the South Office for Gastroenterology Specialists.

The South Office will be located in the Bigham Galleria located at 2425 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 210 Naples FL 34103 and can be reached by calling (239) 228-6283.

Dr. Winzenried received his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Wisconsin, his medical education at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Advance Training at the University of Virginia and was Board Certified in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Medical College of Virginia. Please join us in welcoming another Board Certified Physician to our practice.

 

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.

 

Premier Endoscopy Center Can Save You Over 23% Compared to a Hospital Based Outpatient Endoscopy Center

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPac) is recommending payment cuts to hospital outpatient surgery programs in order that they more closely reflect what Medicare Pays independent surgery centers, like Premier Endoscopy Center.

 

GASTROENTEROLOGY - HEALTHY ADVICE
Bustamante

Manuel F. Bustamante , M.D.

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

Q - I have a long history of heartburn and my physician told me I could have Barrett's esophagus. What is this?

A - This is a condition in which the inner lining of the esophagus is replaced by tissue that is similar to the lining of the intestine, a process calle intestinal metaplasia. Barrett's esophagus affects about 1 percent of the adults in the United States and is diagnosed by EGD (upper endoscopy) with biopsy. The condition is found about three to five times more often in people who also have acid reflux disease. Therefore, we recommend treating acid reflux symptoms with acid-reducing drugs. People with Barrett's esophagus are at risk for developing cancer and therefore, patients should undergo repeat EGD at regular intervals.

 

Premier Endoscopy Center Savings (continued)

Independent surgery centers procedures are covered by Medicare and other insurance’s. Especially now that many patients have very high deductible’s these cost savings go directly to the patient. Today, payments under the formula are on average are about 67 percent of what the rates would be for the same procedure at an outpatient surgical center in a hospital. 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 Patient’s, Insurance companies and reduce the overall cost of health care for all Americans!!

Source: Naples Daily News - 7/7/2014

See Entire Article Here: http://www.ascassociation.org/ASCsGainGroundin2015ProposedRule

 

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.

CDC 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.

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