Free Lecture on Colon Health Scheduled
New Britain [November 03 2006] -
Keeping your colon healthy will be the subject of a free talk on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut’s New Britain General campus. The lecture is part of the hospital’s Health Wisdom Lecture Series.
Dr. Maria C. Mirth will present an overview on of colorectal diseases, discuss screening for colon cancer, and then focus specifically on fecal incontinence (loss of bowel control), and what treatments are available. Fecal incontinence is an inability to control the passage of gas or stools (feces) through the anus. It can occur at any age — even childhood — but is most common in people over 65. Women are much more likely to have severe symptoms.
About 8 percent of the U.S. adult population is known to suffer from some loss of bowel control, but experts think the total number is much higher. Estimates of fecal incontinence vary because many people do not understand the disease or are embarrassed to discuss it.
Dr. Mirth is a board-certified colorectal surgeon who practices at the New Britain General campus. “This is a delicate subject that people don’t like to talk about, but one which can often be corrected,” she said.
Doctors at The Hospital of Central Connecticut are using new state-of-the-art equipment to help diagnose and determine treatment options for a variety of anorectal diseases, including fecal incontinence. The hospital’s Endorectal Ultrasound (ERUS) went online recently and is being used for the first time in Hartford County at the New Britain General campus to diagnose certain conditions.
The new ultrasound, designed specifically for diagnosis of anorectal diseases, can capture images from 360 degrees three-dimensionally and allow views not previously possible. “This instrument that will be used to diagnose certain surgically correctible disorders and to better delineate the muscles of control in cases of incontinence,” Dr. Mirth says. “In fecal incontinence patients, mostly women, we can determine if there is an anal sphincter defect requiring repair. This newer technology has the ability to visualize the sigmoid colon, not just the rectum, with incredible resolution.”
The lecture is free and presented in the cafeteria at New Britain General campus. Start time is 6:30 p.m. For more information and to reserve a seat at the Nov. 14 lecture, please call 1-888-224-4440. This is the final lecture in the Fall ’06 Health Wisdom Lecture series. The Spring 2007 lecture series will begin in April 2007.
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