Patient Education

Our best patient is the educated patient. Often a patient is sent to our office not knowing what they have, whether the diagnosis is gallstones or colon cancer. We take the time to ensure that when they leave they have a full understanding of their problem and a plan for treatment.

I once had a couple who came into the office. They read on the internet that you can place rubber bands on hemorrhoids. The husband was suffering from external hemorrhoids and he bent over and his wife put some very tight rubber bands on them. Well, the next thing he knew he saw stars right before he passed out. He woke up in the ER after an ambulance ride. Another frequent story I hear is from patients suffering from symptomatic gallstones. They have read that there is some cure for them involving apple cider vinegar and olive oil. I then often see these patients in the ER with acute infection of the gallbladder. Another side of gallstones is those patients that come into the office with asymptomatic gallstones found incidentally while looking for other problems–most people with gallstones do not need surgery!

Moral of the story? Be careful of what you read on the internet or hear from others. When in doubt, see your doctor, ask questions, and get the facts.

I have included below links to sites and internet readings which I have come to trust.

Specific Diseases of the Colon & Rectum

ascrsThe American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons: for information on issues such as colon cancer, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, and polyps.

 

General Surgical Problems and Conditions

acsThe American College of Surgeons: for information on issues such as appendicitis, gallstones, and hernias.

 

 


 

Minimally Invasive Surgeons of South Jersey

Dr. Michael P. Del Rosario, MD, FACS, FASCRS

76 W. Jimmie Leeds Road Suite #105

Galloway, NJ 08205

T: 609-652-3655

F: 609-652-7868