Coronavirus Announcement

During this time of social distancing, all non-urgent in-person clinic/office visits will be cancelled or postponed, unless needed to triage active symptoms or to manage wound care. All patient visits will be handled virtually when possible, and in person only when absolutely necessary. Access to our clinic will be maintained for those special circumstances to avoid patients seeking care in the ED. We will keep only a minimum of required support personnel present for these visits, and PPE will be appropriately utilized. We thank you for your understanding in this unprecedented time. Please stay healthy and stay home.

-The Physicians of BCSS

Be Proactive During National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

I am really looking forward to my colonoscopy,” said no one ever.

Let’s face it; a colonoscopy ranks right up there with a root canal for least favorite necessary evil. The good news is that some of the prep has improved in the last few years, and there are new less invasive screenings available. If caught early enough, colorectal cancer can be treated and cured.

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The Serious Risks You’re Taking by Not Treating a Hernia

There are avowed procrastinators who abide by the saying: “Don’t rush me, I’m waiting for the last minute.” That might be funny if the topic was inconsequential, but getting treatment for a hernia would not be one of them. The serious risks you’re taking by not treating a hernia are no joke, and delaying needed surgery is never a good idea.

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Reduce Your Risk of Colon Cancer with These 5 Tips

Colon cancer can happen to anyone, although it typically affects older adults.

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7 Strategies to Prepare Yourself for Surgery

Regardless of how seemingly minor or serious a particular upcoming surgery may be, it’s normal to be a little anxious. You can allay some of your fears and set yourself up for a successful outcome by doing your homework ahead of time and using these 7 strategies to prepare for surgery.

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Diet Tips for Patients with Diverticular Disease

Adults with diverticular disease are no stranger to uncomfortable bloating, lower abdominal pain, and constipation. Once diagnosed, many patients continue to have flare-ups, which can make eating a necessary evil of every day. It doesn’t have to be that way if you follow these diet tips!

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When Is the Ideal Time to Schedule Your Colonoscopy?

An upcoming colonoscopy ranks up there with having a root canal as far “things we want to have.” It’s the truth, and we all know it. So, is the ideal time for a colonoscopy when you turn 40? Is there a certain time of day that is best? Actually, there is.

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7 Lifestyle Habits That Can Improve Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease

When someone gets a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, all they remember at first is that there is no cure. They imagine living with the uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing symptoms for the rest of their lives. However, it’s important to remember that the best thing to do is to educate yourself about what will cause flares and how to avoid them. There are multiple ways to mitigate symptoms including these 7 lifestyle habits that can improve symptoms of Crohn’s disease.

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Can a Hernia Have Side Effects to Your Sexual Health?

There is one particular type of hernia, called an inguinal or groin hernia, that often causes a significant amount of concern from men about whether or not it will affect their sexual function. Most of this concern is based on the location of the hernia, which is, of course, is the same location that will require surgery to repair the hernia.

Fact or Fiction?

The chance of an inguinal hernia causing any sort of sexual dysfunction issue is extremely low. An inguinal hernia is named by the site at which it typically protrudes from, which is the inguinal canal. Despite being near the reproductive organs, this canal possesses its own separate nerves, which are the only ones likely to be affected by an inguinal hernia or its repair surgery.
Some temporary impairment of sexual function could follow an inguinal hernia repair surgery. This is due to the fact that it can be difficult or even painful to use the pelvic floor muscles that have been affected by the hernia.

It is much more likely for men to experience problems with their sexual health if they do not properly treat an inguinal hernia. These hernias can make both an erection and an orgasm quite painful. The further that these hernias progress and the more severe they become, the more likely the patient is to experience sexual dysfunction problems.Man holding his stomach in painInguinal Hernia Repair

If an individual experiences sexual health complications as a result of an inguinal hernia, they can usually relieve these painful symptoms by undergoing a hernia repair surgery.
In very rare instances, hernia surgery can potentially compromise the blood flow to the testis. However, this is not a problem unless both testes are affected, as a single testis is able to provide more than enough testosterone.

It is also important to speak with your doctor about when you will be able to return to regular sexual activity after your hernia repair surgery. These periods of time will vary from patient to patient, but will often last at least a few weeks until their pain has subsided.

Schedule a Consultation

If you would like to learn more about an inguinal hernia repair, contact our office today to schedule a consultation appointment at (832) 942-8350.

Understanding the Stages of Colon Cancer

Like most other cancers, colorectal cancer has clinical and surgical stages set by the American Joint Committee On Cancer. These stages outline and determine how serious the cancer is and how best to treat it, making the identification and understanding of the stages of colon cancer helpful not only for physicians, but also for patients.

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9 Ways To Make Your Colonoscopy More Bearable

Most people don’t look forward to things like a colonoscopy, but contrary to popular belief, prepping for a colonoscopy does not have to be a time filled with anxiety or fear.

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Early Prevention of Colon Polyps and Colon Cancer

Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is one of the most common and deadly cancers in the United States. Colon cancers begin as benign polyps in the colon or rectum and can take years to develop into cancer.

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Care for Your Colon by Eating More of These Foods

The CDC indicates us that colon cancer is the third most common cancer that affects both men and women. Sadly, colorectal cancer is also rising among young people.

Now more than ever, it’s important to make sure that you are proactively taking the steps to be sure your colon is healthy early in life!

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We Are Members of Privia Medical Group

As of March 26, 2019, we are proud members of Privia Medical Group!