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The Importance of High-Quality Patient Care

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Recent News | Comments Off on The Importance of High-Quality Patient Care

Digestive Health Center was once again honored by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program for demonstrating a commitment to delivering quality and safety as reflected in their unit policies, credentialing, staff training and competency assessment, and quality improvement activities. As the only national program of its kind, the ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program (EURP) honors units that have demonstrated a commitment to delivering quality and safety as reflected in their unit policies, credentialing, staff training and competency assessment, and quality improvement activities. EURP honorees benefit by being among a like-minded community of units from across the...

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IBS symptoms can vary from mild to severe

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Recent News | Comments Off on IBS symptoms can vary from mild to severe

Original RGJ Story: With symptoms that include bloating, gas, constipation and diarrhea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) may seem tough to differentiate from the occasional gastrointestinal (GI) issues that seem to affect nearly everyone from time to time. However, when it comes to IBS these uncomfortable GI symptoms tend to crop up more often, and they can range from mild to severe. “IBS is a condition where the patient experiences chronic abdominal pain and altered bowel habits — constipation or diarrhea,” said Dr. William Pfau, a gastroenterologist with Digestive Health Associates. “Frequently associated symptoms include bloating and gas. Symptoms of IBS tend to wax and wane over time but often are present throughout an entire lifetime.” Due to the ongoing nature of IBS, the condition is considered chronic. There is no known cure for IBS, so doctors aim to reduce and manage the associated symptoms. In mild cases of IBS, eating more fiber and drinking more water could be enough to decrease the unwanted GI issues. In more severe cases, medication may be necessary. “There is no cure for IBS. Therefore, treatment of IBS is focused on alleviating the symptoms of pain, constipation and diarrhea,” Pfau said. “Not all treatments are appropriate for all patients, and treatment, therefore, must be tailored to the individual.” Among the treatments Pfau said are often effective are diet modification, increased fiber intake, probiotics, digestive enzymes, over-the-counter medications for diarrhea or constipation and prescription medications for more severe cases of IBS. Before setting out to manage IBS, it is important to receive a professional diagnosis in order to rule out other medical issues with similar symptoms. According to a Mayo Clinic report on IBS, the condition is more likely to occur in women and people younger than 45. “IBS is typically diagnosed by a physician, often with just a consultation and physical examination,” Pfau said. “If a patient’s presentation is typical and the physical examination is normal, no further work-up may be required. “More severe symptoms, the presence of bleeding or weight loss or the onset of symptoms in middle age or older usually requires additional testing to exclude celiac sprue, microscopic colitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, cancer and other conditions that may present with similar symptoms,” he said. For those who do receive a diagnosis of IBS, Pfau said there are no serious health complications associated with the condition, such as weight loss or dehydration, and it does not increase one’s risk for developing other diseases, such as cancer or colitis. The most significant impact of IBS appears to be a potential decrease in quality of life, due to the discomfort associated with more severe symptoms. “IBS can be severe, meaning that symptoms of abdominal pain and altered bowel habits can be extremely uncomfortable and inconvenient,” Pfau said. “Unfortunately, because the root cause of IBS is not understood, there is no known method to prevent IBS. “However, if one were to eat a well-balanced diet with adequate fiber — 25 to 30 grams a day — and fluid intake,” he added, “it is less likely that they would experience the milder forms of...

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Digestive Health Associates reminds Nevada to get screened for Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Recent News | Comments Off on Digestive Health Associates reminds Nevada to get screened for Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Digestive Health Associates reminds Nevada to get screened for Colon Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. A time to reflect on so many of our families and friends who have been affected in Northern Nevada and beyond by this common cancer over the years. It is also a time to look forward, and consider what can be done to reduce our own personal risk of developing this preventable disease now and in the future. Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer in men and women in the United States, with 140,000 new cases yearly, with 50,000 people dying from this disease. Although early forms of colorectal cancer are potentially curable, it is infinitely easier to prevent the disease in the first place than to treat the disease once it has become established. Prevention is accomplished with screening techniques, the most effective of which is colonoscopy. In fact, the number of cases of colorectal cancer has actually decreased by 30% over time with screening! The reason that a colonoscopy is so effective at reducing colorectal cancer is because small pre-cancerous growths of tissue, called polyps, are detected and removed completely at the time of colonoscopy. Once the polyp is removed, colon cancer cannot develop! Although this reduction in colorectal cancer is exciting news, telling us that our efforts have been successful, it is estimated that a full 1 in 3 people who are eligible for colonoscopy screening have not yet done so! If you, a friend, or family member, between the ages of 50 and 75 have not yet had a colonoscopy, please get scheduled! If you have a family history of colon cancer or have any concerning symptoms such as bleeding, or worrisome change in bowel habits, regardless of your age – please get scheduled! Please don’t add to the statistics – let’s prevent this terrible disease from happening...

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Dr. Sobczak Named C.H. Woods Award Winner

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in Recent News | Comments Off on Dr. Sobczak Named C.H. Woods Award Winner

Ronald Sobczak, M.D., F.A.C.G., of Digestive Health Associates, has been named the 2015 C.H. Woods award winner in 2015. Colleagues of Dr. Sobczak recognize him for the award that is named after the first president of the Washoe County Medical Society when it was established in 1907. The prestigious award is bestowed upon a physician each year who best demonstrates the art of medicine, and who has a magic touch when it comes to caring for patients. The award will be presented at the 2015 Presidential Inaugural Dinner and Awards Ceremony in the Grand Ballroom at the Atlantic Casino Resort Spa in Reno on the evening of Saturday, January 24,...

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Dr. Hinojosa named 2015 President of the Nevada State Medical Association

Posted by on Dec 13, 2014 in Recent News | Comments Off on Dr. Hinojosa named 2015 President of the Nevada State Medical Association

Tomas Hinojosa M.D., F.A.C.G.  of Digestive Health Associates, has been named the 2015 President of the Nevada State Medical Association. The Nevada State Medical Association (NSMA) is a professional organization representing physicians in Nevada, founded in 1875 and incorporated in 1904. The NSMA is a non-profit organization that consists of physicians, medical students and residents. Dr. Tomas Hinojosa was installed as President of the NSMA in April 2015.

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DHA Pathology Lab Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in Recent News | Comments Off on DHA Pathology Lab Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists

The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Digestive Health Associates’ Digestive Health Associates Pathology Lab, Reno, Nevada based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs. This national recognition for the excellence of the services being provided by Digestive Health Associates Pathology Lab is one of more that 7,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide. The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960’s, as being equal-to or more-stringent-than the government’s own inspection program. During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall...

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