Division of Gastroenterology and Digestive Disorders
The Division of Gastroenterology and Digestive Diseases provides the Southern New Jersey community with diagnosis and management of diseases of the digestive tract (esophagus, stomach, small intestine and colon), pancreas and liver. Through dedication to patient education and innovative treatment we help patients find relief from common gastrointestinal disorders such as reflux disease (heartburn), swallowing disorders, ulcer disease, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis). Our division emphasizes close interaction with referring physicians coupled with sympathetic understanding of our patients’ needs in the context of their disease.
News & Events
Keeping clear of colorectal disease. By the time you finish reading this article another person in this country will have died from colorectal cancer. According to estimates by the American Cancer Society, more than 55,000 Americans will die from this disease this year. That’s about one person every 10 minutes. It doesn’t have to be that way. more >>
Heartburn may mask a serious problem. Maybe it was the second slice of pumpkin pie, the glass of red wine or that extra cup of coffee after dinner. Whatever the cause, that uncomfortable feeling that’s moving upward from your stomach and leaving a bitter acid taste in the back of your mouth is probably just a little heartburn. more >>
Three Questions to ask before a Colonoscopy
People who are considering a colonoscopy should ask the physician three questions to ensure they have the safest and most effective screening for colorectal cancer.
“Too many patients are so focused on their concerns about the colonoscopy, know too little about the procedure, or are too worried about offending their physician that they don’t ask questions about the physician’s experience,” the, chief of the Division of Gastroenterology at Rowan-School of Osteopathic Medicine. “In reality, these are legitimate questions that the physician should be able to answer easily. If your physician can’t or won’t answer, it’s time to find another physician.”
Everyone should ask these questions before agreeing to the procedure:
What percentage of patients have polyps discovered during a colonoscopy? Polyps are small, grape like growths on the lining of the colon or rectum that can turn cancerous. Statistics indicate that during routine screening colonoscopies, physician, on average, should find polyps in about 25 percent of men and 15 percent of women.
What is the physician’s perforation rate? One of the risks of colonoscopy is the chance that the physician will accidentally perforate the lining of the bowel during the examination. At the minimum, the physician should have had fewer than one case of perforation for every 500 procedures. Ideally, this rate will be less than one in 1,000.
What is the physician’s standard withdrawal time during a colonoscopy? Because polyps sometimes are hidden behind folds in the colon, they are actually easier to spot as the colonoscope is being withdrawn because that is when the colon is the most dilated. The U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer recommends a minimum of six minutes withdrawal time to ensure a high quality colonoscopy.
The American Cancer Society recommends that men and women who are at normal risk for colorectal cancer should have a colonoscopy every 10 years beginning at age 50. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in America.
You can visit us at one of two locations:
Endoscopy Center at Voorhees
2301 Evesham Road, Bldg. 800
Voorhees, NJ 08043
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42 East Laurel Road,
Stratford, NJ 08084
856-566-6853 Fax: 856-566-6952
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570 Egg Harbor Road
Sewell, NJ 08080
856-218-0300 Fax: 856-589-5082
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Please check with your medical insurance plan to determine if the named doctor's services will be covered at the location you wish to visit. The following list may not reflect recent changes, and not all doctors in our department necessarily participate with all plans listed.
- Bravo Health
- Horizon BC/BS
- Horizon NJ Health
- Magellan Health Services
- Operating Engineers Local 825
- Oxford Health Plans
- Railroad Medicare
- Uniformed Services Family Health Plan
- United Healthcare