We are pleased to announce the release of our first practice application! Designed with the physicians of Arizona Digestive Health, our free mobile app helps you prepare for your upcoming procedure with illustrated descriptions and detailed instructions to guide you through the preparation process.
By entering your procedure type, time and date, the app syncs with your smart phone’s calendar and alerts you with preparation instructions and helpful tips as you get closer to your procedure date. For your convenience, the ADH mobile app has interactive maps and contact information so finding and contacting our locations has never been easier.
- Customizable procedure calendars and alerts
- Illustrated descriptions of major procedures
- Step by step instruction alerts
- Contact physicians with one touch dialing
- Interactive maps of all offices and endoscopy centers
- Direct link to the Arizona Digestive Health mobile website
Over three days in March, 22 physicians from Arizona Digestive Health (ADH), the largest group of gastroenterologists in the southwest, participated in the Colorectal Cancer Control Program through the Centers for Disease Control to provide free colonoscopy screenings to unemployed, uninsured or under-insured and low income members of the community.
With the help of Mountain Park Health Center, Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA), Banner Health and the Arizona Department of Health Services, ADH physicians successfully performed colonoscopies on 30 participants between March 28 and 30, 2012. These procedures resulted in the removal of 26 polyps and thankfully, no cancer diagnoses.
“Colonoscopy has been shown to greatly reduce a person’s risk of developing colon cancer,” said Dr. Paul Berggreen, president of Arizona Digestive Health. “Providing a comprehensive screening to these patients that otherwise might not have been checked for colon cancer is incredibly gratifying.”
The costs of the complete experience were covered for the participants. Arizona Digestive Health waived charges for the physician’s services, pathology fees, endoscopy center charges and anesthesia. CCA provided funds to cover the costs of the colonoscopy preparation materials and medications, as well as the cost of gasoline for the patients to get to and from the appointment.
ADH would like to thank all the employees and volunteers at Mountain Park Health Center, Colon Cancer Alliance, Arizona Department of Health Services and within our own organization who made this event possible; and a special thank you to Banner Health for logistical assistance. We are honored to have had the opportunity to join with these organizations to make a difference in the community we work and live in and look forward to participating in years to come.
April is IBS Awareness Month. Nearly 20 percent of U.S. adults have symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), making it one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders diagnosed by doctors.
IBS affects the large intestine causing cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. “Although symptoms may be uncomfortable, they do not cause permanent damage to the colon and can be controlled over time,” says Dr. Nelson H. Lim M.D., a gastroenterologist and hepatologist with privileges at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers.
According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC), IBS is not a disease but a functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorder. This means that IBS symptoms are caused by changes in how the GI tract works.
“The exact cause of IBS is unknown, but food, emotional stress and hormones are just a few factors that can affect IBS symptoms,” adds Dr. Lim. He adds that a person with IBS may have a colon that is more sensitive and reactive than usual. “Sensitivity causes spasms after stimulation by things such as certain foods or medications. Milk, chocolate and alcohol might cause constipation or diarrhea, while carbonated beverages and some fruits and vegetables may lead to bloating and discomfort. Stressful events can worsen or aggravate symptoms, but it does not cause them.”
IBS usually begins before the age of 35 and is typically seen before the age of 50. Women and those with a family history of IBS are the most at risk for developing the syndrome. Since women are more likely to have IBS, many of them find that signs and symptoms are worse during or around their menstrual cycle.
“Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers Highlight Irritable Bowel syndrome Awareness.” SanTanValleyToday.com. 7 April 2011. http://www.santanvalleytoday.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2882:chandler-regional-and-mercy-gilbert-medical-centers-highlight-irritable-bowel-syndrome-awareness&catid=64:business