Aug 6, 2013

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Preventing Colon Cancer Deaths

colon-cancer-preventionI had a new experience the other day observing a colonoscopyfrom the moment a patient walked into the hospital until the patient left after the procedure. It was very interesting!

Colonoscopies today are a routine preventative health procedure. Colorectal cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Yet many lives could be saved with regular and/or early colonoscopy screenings. Request an appointment with your family physician or with general surgeons Dr. Matt Morgan or Dr. Mike Thompson to determine if you are at risk.

At Pella Regional, we are very focused on ensuring an outstanding experience for every patient on every procedure. The experience I observed was no different. From the moment the patient walked in and was greeted with a smile at the front desk to the registration clerk who noticed a bag left behind and hurried to return it, the welcome was warm.

In the outpatient surgery area, nurses were careful and concerned for both patient and family. A visit from Dr. Thompson before the procedure helped put patient and spouse at ease.

Then, on to the endoscopy suite and the actual colonoscopy. As an observer off to the side, my take-away experience is the professionalism and concern of our doctors and nurses – when the patient is asleep on the table – is so very impressive. Really, haven’t you ever wondered what the doctors and nurses are saying when you’re out of it?

The care was efficient and the procedure ended in less than 25 minutes. Back to outpatient surgery and a recovery that included a little sleep, a little food and water, and a lot of care from the staff.

Into a wheelchair and out the front door less than three hours later with a wave and a smile from nurse Brenda.

It really seemed like an easy process. Afterwards I read that up to 60 percent of colon cancer deaths could potentially be eliminated if more people would do colon cancer screenings regularly beginning at age 50. Is it time for you to be screened? Or for your mom to be screened?

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