- Tidewater Medical Center
- 860 Omni Boulevard
- Suite 101
- Newport News, VA 23606
- (757) 240-2701
Advanced Practice Clinician:
- Carol Ellison
- Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm
Accepting New Patients ~ Please call for additional information
- Authorization to Release Medical Information
- Consultation Request (Physicians Only)
- Patient Information Form
- Privacy Notice (HIPAA)
Procedure Prep and Instruction Sheets:
- Colonoscopy Prep using Miralax
- Colonoscopy Prep using Moviprep
- Colonoscopy Prep using Prepopik
- Colonoscopy Prep using Suprep
TPMG Omni Physician Office Directory:
TPMG Gastroenterology has been serving patients since 2006.
Patients are cared for by appointment. If you require same-day medical attention, please call early in the day to schedule an appointment.
Please note that you will have a consultation appointment with one of our physicians prior to any procedures being scheduled. Procedures are not performed during the first visit with the physician. Once you have been seen for your consultation, your procedure will be scheduled within 30 days.
Please bring your insurance card(s), photo ID, and a complete list of medications, specialist co-pay (if it applies) to your visit. All co-payments are due at the time of service.
If your insurance requires a specialist referral, please contact your primary care physician at least 3 days prior to your scheduled appointment.
If you have any questions or concerns about your bill, please call our office manager. If you have any concerns about your insurance, please contact your insurance carrier.
Some of the services performed include:
- Hemorrhoid banding
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy
- PEG tube placement
Colorectal Cancer ~ Know the Facts
The exact cause of colorectal cancer is unknown; however, it usually begins with an abnormal tissue growth known as a polyp anywhere in the large intestine. Most polyps initially are not cancerous, but over many years, usually 5-10 years, some polyps may become cancerous. If untreated, cancer can spread to other tissues, therefore, removal of polyps is recommended for the prevention of cancer.
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer-related death. One in 18 people develop colorectal cancer, which affects both men and women.
Three of every four cases occur in people with no known medical risk factors. Risk factors include:
- Increasing age
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Family history
- High-fat diet
- Lack of exercise
- Alcohol/tobacco use
Many people do not have early warning signs or symptoms; therefore, screening is critical. Possible signs of colorectal cancer include:
- Change in bathroom habits (diarrhea, constipation, incomplete bowel movement)
- Blood in stool
- Frequent stomach discomfort (gas, pain, bloating, cramps)
- Unexplained weight loss, fatigue or anemia
Early detection can save lives! Polyp removal can prevent colorectal cancer, and cancer detected early is easier to treat.
- If detected early, 9 out of 10 people will have a good outcome at least 5 years
- Unfortunately, fewer than 50% of cases are identified early (more advanced cancer is harder to treat and survival rates are much lower)
When should you get screened? Nine out of 10 people affected are 50 years of age or older. Screening should usually start at 50 years. Recommendations include receiving an annual test of feces by having a fecal occult blood test, receiving a sigmoidoscopy or barium enema every 5 years and a colonoscopy every 10 years. Fewer than 50% of Americans aged 50 years and older are screened within recommended timeframes.
Bowel preparation is the most dreaded part of the process, and diarrhea is a natural result. Different types of preparations are available, and they differ in many aspects:
- Liquid or tablet form
- Dietary restrictions
- When to take/instructions
- Impact on work or daily activities
- Tolerability (side effects)
What can you do to reduce your risk of colorectal cancer?
- Get screened routinely starting at age 50, and earlier if there are special risks or concerns
- Be physically active for at least 30 minutes daily
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Eat a healthy diet containing fruits and vegetables
- Take a daily multi-vitamin that contains folic acid/folate and selenium
- Limit daily alcohol consumption
- Do not smoke
Anyone can get colorectal cancer. There may be no clear warning signs or symptoms, but it is highly treatable if detected early. Screening can reduce your risk for colorectal cancer, and it is recommended that everyone 50 years or older should undergo routine screening. Colonoscopy is the best way to remove polyps and detect colorectal cancer, so talk to you doctor about the best screening method for your situation. Do not fear the bowel preparation! There are many different options available. Talk to your TPMG Gastroenterologist, we are here for you!