Foundation Gala tickets now on sale

10614238 702814696468052 3771865511831372520 nChesapeake Regional Health Foundation’s Gala has been a signature fundraising event for fourteen years, raising funds in support of Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. Net proceeds from our annual black-tie and themed event provide substantial support to help fund program and equipment needs, such as the expansion of the Sidney M. Oman Cancer Treatment Center, renovation of the Emergency Department and the purchase of necessary equipment to support the Level II Nursery. Most recently, the 2014 Run for the Roses Gala helped to fund the purchase of 3D mammography equipment to expand our capabilities for improved screening and diagnostic breast imaging.

To advance Chesapeake Regional Medical Center’s commitment to innovation and its mission of improving the quality of life in our community, the 70’s Saturday Night Fever Gala, which will be held January 24, 2015, will help to fund the purchase of a 256-slice CT scanner. This is the most technologically advanced equipment available and results in more accurate and reliable testing, faster scanning times and up to 80 percent less exposure to radiation for our patients. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit the Chesapeake Regional Health Foundation Endowment.

To purchase tickets or tables, or to learn more information, visit www.chesapeakegala.com.

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Pelvic Health and Reconstructive Surgery Program

Are you interested in speaking with a representative from our Pelvic Health and Reconstructive Surgery program? Call 757-312-6650!

At Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, we offer a professional team dedicated to treating the pelvic health needs of our patients. The team includes a colon and rectal surgeon, a gynecologist and a urologist who specialize in pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. Our unique, comprehensive program allows our physicians and our on-site nurse navigator to work together to find the cause of, and offer a treatment plan for, those suffering from incontinence or prolapse. Our team has access to leading-edge diagnostics, therapies and treatments, designed to get our patients back to enjoying life.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIVE WITH INCONTINENCE

From birth defects and spinal injuries to pregnancy and childbirth, incontinence – or the loss of bladder or bowel control—can affect males and females of any age. In fact, according to the National Association for Continence, more than 13 million Americans suffer from incontinence. More than 80 percent of incontinence concerns are treatable with the right diagnosis.

Incontinence can come in all forms. We offer treatment options for those suffering with:

  • Stress incontinence
  • Overactive bladder and urgency urinary incontinence
  • Chronic retention of urine
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting)
  • Incontinence caused by surgery, childbirth, immobility or other factors

Depending on the cause of your incontinence, treatments can include behavioral changes, specialized physical therapy, medication or surgical options. Our highly-trained physicians can determine the right course of action for your specific concern.

AN OPTION FOR PELVIC PROLAPSE

Our team also offers treatment options for patients suffering with pelvic prolapse—or the “dropping” of any of the pelvic floor organs (bladder, uterus, vagina or rectum.) Pelvic floor disorders can be a result of childbirth, obesity, aging, previous surgery and more. Pelvic prolapse can also be the cause of urinary or anal incontinence. Our team specializes in treating pelvic prolapse through advanced surgical methods.

OUR TEAM

Dr. Jennifer Miles-Thomas
Urologist, Female Pelvic Medicine
and Reconstructive Surgery
Devine-Jordan Center for Reconstructive Surgery
and Pelvic Health
Urology of Virginia
225 Clearfield Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
757-312-6650
Dr. Beth R. Jaklic
Colon and Rectal Surgeon
Chesapeake Surgical Specialists
Chesapeake Regional Medical Group
113 Gainsborough Square
Suite 400
Chesapeake, VA 23320
757-312-6650
Dr. Rebecca Ryder
Gynecologist, Female Pelvic Medicine and
Reconstructive Surgery
Gynecology Specialists
516 Innovation Drive
Suite 305
Chesapeake, VA 23320
757-312-6650

Chesapeake Regional offers 3D mammography

Advanced new 3D technology available at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center coordinates with 2D mammography and breast MRI to increase the rate of breast cancer detection and reduce the amount of unnecessary return visits for repeat breast screenings.

According to a recent study by the Journal of the American Medical Association tomosynthesis-or 3D mammography-can also increase the detection of more invasive and deadly cancers. The study involved nearly half a million women, and determined that 3D mammography, combined with traditional 2D mammography, was associated with a 41 percent increase in the detection rate of invasive cancers and a 15 percent drop in additional screenings for false alarms.

"We are the only facility in the area to offer C-View(tm), which provides us with the technology to obtain both of the recommended 3D and 2D images during the same screening," said Michael Petruschak, M.D., a radiologist who practices with Chesapeake Radiologists, Ltd. and is the director of breast imaging for CRMC. "This reduces exposure to radiation and provides our patients with the latest in breast cancer technology."

Tomosynthesis was approved by the FDA in 2011, and was created in-part due to criticism of traditional mammography. Critics highlighted its tendency to identify false alarms and the inability to view potentially cancerous lesions through dense breast tissue.

"Conventional digital mammography has always been hampered by overlapping breast tissue," said Petruschak. "With 3D mammography this is no longer an issue, especially with dense breast tissue. The images represent individual slices through the breast. Each area is clearly identified and is not masked by neighboring tissue."

According to Petruschak, conventional mammography should not be discounted and will have a role in breast imaging for some time to come. Not only because the 2D images are still necessary for the interpretation of the 3D images, but also because any mammogram is better than avoiding screening totally.

"Whether 2D or 3D, one of the most important things women can do is get a yearly mammogram beginning at age 40," said Petruschak. "I have seen many women both personally and professionally delay mammograms. By avoiding breast screening until you have found a lump, you are greatly reducing your chances of a full recovery."

The American College of Radiology and American Cancer Society still recommend that women age 40 or older should have a yearly mammogram and should do so as long as they are in good health. Those with family or personal histories that put them at a higher risk for breast cancer may need to be screened earlier. Your primary care physician can help you to determine your risk category and when you should begin routine screening.

Women do not need a referral for 3D mammography at CRMC. Because the technology is still new, many insurance plans will not cover it. However, CRMC will offer 3D screening mammograms for a $50 charge. These screenings are currently available by request. Diagnostic 3D mammograms are also currently available and are billed as a diagnostic mammogram.

To schedule a 3D mammography at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, call 312-6137.

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