Gastroenterologist Begins Performing Colonoscopies at Pender Memorial Hospital

January 30, 2012
Gastroenterologist Begins Performing Colonoscopies at Pender Memorial Hospital

BURGAW – Joseph Kittinger, MD, a gastroenterologist with Wilmington Gastroenterology, is now offering colonoscopies at Pender Memorial Hospital. Dr. Kittinger has a regular schedule at Pender and his patients are able to have all their pre-procedure appointments in Burgaw.

“This is a significant benefit to our area neighbors to have another physician performing colonoscopies here,” said Ruth Glaser, President of Pender Memorial Hospital. “It is our mission as a community hospital to provide these types of services locally so travel isn’t a factor that might prevent our area residents from getting the screenings they need.”

In addition to Dr. Kittinger, General Surgeons Larry Dashow, MD and Naseem Nasrallah, MD offer colonoscopies at Pender Memorial Hospital.

An initial colonoscopy is recommended for people over the age of 50, with subsequent screenings every ten years. The procedure helps detect colon cancer, one of the most treatable forms of cancer if caught early.

Pender Memorial Hospital offers convenient colonoscopy screenings for area residents in a comfortable setting. Patients can be seen locally for their pre-op appointment and have their colonoscopy performed in an advanced endoscopy suite with an experienced team.

At Pender Memorial Hospital, colonoscopy patients also benefit from the use of sedation medication which allows for the colonoscopy to be done more quickly and with less pain and fewer side effects than can be experienced with other sedatives.

Dr. Kittinger received his B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, and his M.D. from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR, and a Gastroenterology Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Kittinger is Board-certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Patients should talk to their doctors about scheduling a colonoscopy at Pender Memorial Hospital.
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