July 7, 2015
Here at Gastrointestinal Specialists, we like to acknowledge when our staff goes above and beyond to make a difference in patients’ lives and in our community. On Saturday, June 13th, our very own Dr. Talreja and Dr. Thanjan participated in providing a day of free colonoscopies to the uninsured in the Richmond community. In just 8 hours, they were able to see a total of 21 patients, 45% of which had polyps that needed to be removed.
Dr. Andy J. Thanjan
Dr. Jayant P. Talreja
This great event was made possible by HCB2 and their collaboration with Access Now. Access Now helps provide the 22 free medical clinics in the Richmond area with the services and resources they need to help save lives.
Is It Time For Your Colonoscopy Screening Test?
If you’ve never had a colonoscopy and you’re over the age of 50, have a family history of colon cancer, or if you’re considered to have a high risk of colon cancer, our doctors recommend you come in for a screening as soon as possible. Or, if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, we highly recommend you come visit us for a colonoscopy as soon as you can.
Symptoms of colon cancer commonly include:
- Blood in your stool
- Frequent and unexplained pain, cramps, and aches in your stomach
- A change in your bowel habits
- Constipation or diarrhea that’s unrelated to your recent meals
- Unexplained weight loss
These symptoms can be caused by something other than colon cancer, but the only way to definitively know is by seeing a doctor. Make your appointment today!
November 4, 2013
GSI announces the retirement of two of our physicians on November 27, 2013 – Dr. Louis G. Gelrud and Dr. Paul S. Monroe. Although they will be sorely missed at the practice, we are pleased that they will have the chance to relax and enjoy after working so very hard for such a long time.
“I feel that I have been privileged to care for you during the time that we shared a physician-patient relationship, and I want to thank you for your confidence in me.” – Dr. Gelrud
“My sincere thanks for the trust and confidence you have shown in me. I am proud to have helped you with your GI care.” – Dr. Monroe
If you are a patient of either Dr. Gelud or Dr. Monroe, we will be happy to transfer your care to any of the partners in the group, or, if needed, we will gladly forward copies of your medical record to the provider of your choosing.
Join us in offering congratulations to Dr. Gelrud and Dr. Monroe and in wishing them a Happy Retirement!
October 24, 2013
Gastrointestinal Specialists has made a commitment to develop more compassionate care practices and to publicly proclaim to patients and communities our commitment to patient centered care.
At GSI, we are firm believers in patient-centered care. We pride ourselves on making sure that everything from scheduling an appointment to coming in for a procedure is centered on you, the patient. We want to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible. Let’s be honest here, no one looks forward to a colonoscopy, but hopefully because of our passion for patient-centered care, your experience will be as easy and comfortable as possible.
How do we do that?
The patient experience starts with our website and patient portal where all the information you need is at the tip of your fingers. We also have seven offices throughout central Virginia and perform procedures at our two endoscopy centers, making it more convenient for our patients. Our procedures are not only cost-effective, but are centered on being convenient and comfortable. We use the anesthetic agent Propofol, which is administered by an anesthesiologist with the goal of achieving a pain-free endoscopic experience. Hate waiting on results? We also offer pathology through our own lab, making it much faster to receive results. Finally, our physicians are board-certified and dedicated to offering quality, individualized care.
We are proud of what we do here at GSI and hope our passion for patient-centered care makes your experience a pleasant one.
Have you had a great patient experience with us? We’d love to hear from you!