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Digestive Health

For more information about The Center for Digestive Health at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, please call or email:

757-312-3120
digestivehealth@chesapeakeregional.com
 

The Digestive Health Program at Chesapeake Regional Healthcare is comprised of medical experts who specialize in the treatment of all disorders of the upper and lower gastrointestinal system, the colon and rectum.  With a multidisciplinary team of gastroenterologists, surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, gastroenterology certified registered nurses, and certified endoscopy technicians, our team is able to accurately screen, diagnose and treat the broad variety of signs and symptoms that affect patients suffering from digestive disorders, while providing continuing support and education for the prevention of future disorders. 

As part of the growing movement to eliminate colorectal cancer as a major concern by the year 2018, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare’s Digestive Health program has pledged to help spread awareness and reach the goal of having 80% of patients screened for colorectal cancer by the year 2018. Help us meet our goal by scheduling your screening, and spread the word to your friends and family.

Procedures

With specialties in comprehensive clinical services related to the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, anorectum, liver, gallbladder/biliary tree and pancreas, our team is committed to utilizing the most modern, up-to-date procedures and equipment in order to ensure a more comfortable experience with faster recovery times and less invasive procedures. Our experts are able to successfully perform the following procedures: 

  • Minimally Invasive Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Sphincter-preserving surgery
  • Surgical treatment of ulcerative colitis not responsive to medical treatment
  • Sacral Nerve Stimulator for Fecal Incontinence
  • Hemorrhoid Treatment, including non-surgical options
  • High Definition Diagnostic and Therapeutic Colonoscopy
  • High Definition Diagnostic and Therapeutic Upper Endoscopy (EGD)
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound with Diagnostic Capabilities (EUS)
  • Heartburn/GERD Treatment
  • High Definition Esophageal and Anorectal Manometry
  • Bravo Esophageal pH testing 
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Laparoscopic-assisted Colonoscopy

Symptoms and Conditions

Our Digestive Health Program offers superior care through the use of the most advanced medical screening methods combined with state of the art equipment and technology. We are able to accurately diagnose and treat a wide range of digestive health and colorectal issues, including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Chronic Constipation
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Anal and Colorectal Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Heartburn
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
    • Ulcerative Colitis
    • Crohn's
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Esophageal and Anorectal Motility Problems
  • Ulcers
  • Hernias
  • GI Bleeding
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Hepatitis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Diverticulitis
  • Celiac Disease
  • Short Bowel Syndrome
  • Dumping Syndrome
  • Gastroparesis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Anorectal disorders

In order to meet the clinical needs related to many disorders, we provide multidisciplinary services including registered dieticians whose expertise helps patients deal with these conditions.

Patient Care Team

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Mindy Petit, R.N., C.G.R.N
Program Coordinator

The Colorectal Surgery Center offers the personalized service of our program coordinator, Mindy Petit, R.N., C.G.R.N., who guides patients through every step of their journey to recovery. Petit knows that a diagnosis can be scary. That’s why, on the day of diagnosis, she visits with patients to provide support and schedule their initial consultation, which is often within the same week. Whenever possible, the physician accompanies Petit to discuss the diagnosis, provide preliminary information and order testing that can be done prior to their first visit, providing more efficient and timely care. Petit’s services as a patient advocate ensure that patients receive:
• Seamless, coordinated case management throughout all treatments
• Necessary labs and appointments with specialty physicians
• Patient advocacy and education
• Referrals, support groups and resources
• Follow-up care with a primary care physician

COLORECTAL SURGEONS

Brian S. Buchberg, M.D.
Colon & Rectal Surgeon

Dr. Brian S. Buchberg, a board-certified colorectal surgeon, received his medical degree, as well as a Master of Science degree in biomedical sciences, from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va. He completed a general surgery residency at the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif. He then went on to complete a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Ore. As a board-certified colon and rectal surgeon, Dr. Buchberg treats a wide variety of colorectal conditions with a special interest in colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and anorectal conditions such as hemorrhoids and anal fistulas. Additionally, he has extensive training in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery for the treatment of benign and malignant colorectal diseases. Dr. Buchberg is a member of both the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons as well as the American College of Surgeons.

 

Beth R. Jaklic, M.D.
Colon & Rectal Surgeon

Dr. Beth R. Jaklic, a board-certified colon and rectal surgeon, received her medical degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. She completed her general surgery residency at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and her colon and rectal surgery fellowship at University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. A retired U.S. Navy captain, Dr. Jaklic was twice recognized as one of the top five surgeons in the Navy for patient satisfaction. During her career, Dr. Jaklic has held academic posts at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. and Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Va. Dr. Jaklic is board-certified by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery and is a fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons as well as the American College of Surgeons. She specializes in the treatment of all disorders of the colon and rectum, including colon cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases and anorectal disorders.

Ray T. Ramirez, M.D.
Colon & Rectal Surgeon

A board-certified colon and rectal surgeon, Dr. Ray T. Ramirez received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., and his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va. He completed his general surgery residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va., and his colon and rectal surgery fellowship at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans. Dr. Ramirez is board-certified by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. He is a fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons as well as the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Ramirez specializes in surgery of the small intestine, colon and rectum.

For more information about The Center for Digestive Health at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, please call or email:

757-312-3120

digestivehealth@chesapeakeregional.com

Digestive Health