We hope this month’s practice support newsletter finds you well! Before getting into this month’s edition of the Practice Support Bulletin, we would first like to congratulate Connie from Gastroenterology Consultants for winning last month’s contest and the corresponding $100 Amazon gift card! Connie shared the following picture of her daughter which I’m sure you can all agree was very worthy of the prize.
End of the year rush!
With Thanksgiving comes the inevitable rush of patients who have met their deductibles and are looking to squeeze in any treatments they had been putting off before the end of the year. With hemorrhoid banding being an elective procedure and the fact that many patients suffer in silence, it is a great topic to bring up to your patients!
Banding also doesn’t come with the typical patient pushback associated with procedures around the holidays as patients can drive themselves to and from the appointment with very little downtime. If you would like to get any additional providers trained to help cope with the increased demand, please just let us know.
Feedback from a trained physician
Dr. Michael DeJesus at Valley Gastroenterology Associates in Beaver Falls, PA has been treating hemorrhoids with the CRH O’Regan System for approximately 2 years now. He was nice enough to take the time to share his experience with banding and some of the changes he has made to his practice in order to give his hemorrhoid patients the best possible care.
It has always surprised me to discover how many patients volunteer hemorrhoidal symptoms after hemorrhoids are identified on screening colonoscopy.
Perhaps they feel uncomfortable divulging this information at the time of their pre-colonscopy interview. Maybe they are uncertain if this is indeed part of the examination, or maybe they assume there is little to offer for a symptom they have grown accustomed to simply accepting.
Regardless, with the experience using the O’Regan system and the satisfaction we have recognized from our patients, I make it a point to bridge the topic of hemorrhoids even at point of care on the day of the examination prior to sedation or endoscopy.
This permits the patient to contemplate medical intervention for hemorrhoids on the day of the exam and obtain appropriate consent for the procedure prior to receiving sedation.
We can then begin addressing their hemorrhoids after they have recovered and even on the day of their colonoscopy if they choose. This also minimizes the potential for the patient to disregard hemorrhoid treatment and go back to their misconception of long-term acceptance of hemorrhoidal symptoms.
– Dr. Michael DeJesus
This month’s contest
We are always excited to hear feedback as well as operational tips and tricks from our groups. If you, any of your colleagues, or physicians would like to share your experience with the CRH O’Regan System, we will enter you into this month’s contest for a $100 Amazon gift card.