Here are some of the health services Dr. O’Connor provides:
Just like mammograms and pap smears, as people get into their mid-40s, they should add colonoscopy to their list of preventative care, says Dr. O’Connor.
While colonoscopies are recommended for anyone over 45 or 50 (depending on health history) to screen for cancer, they are also used when patients complain of abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, and chronic constipation — to look for polyps, and other intestinal problems. None of which are easy to talk about for some patients.
“Routine screening colonoscopies are a part of preventative health measures,” says Dr. O’Connor. “But when someone suffers from rectal bleeding, for example, it’s very important they come in – or see a trusted medical professional – and they are open about what they are going through. I know it’s scary and uncomfortable, but I am here to help.”
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in your anus and lower rectum. These are similar to varicose veins and are very common. According to the Mayo Clinic, nearly three out of four adults will have hemorrhoids at some point in their lives.
There are three main kinds: internal — which lie inside the rectum; external — lie on the skin around the rectum; and thrombosed hemorrhoids — which are created when blood pools in an external hemorrhoid and form a painful clot. They are often caused by straining during bowel movements, increased pressure on veins during pregnancy, diet, and constipation.
“Hemorrhoids can be extremely uncomfortable,” Dr. O’Connor said. “And it is very important to realize that not all rectal bleeding is due to hemorrhoids. While this is very common, there are many other things that could cause bleeding like, polyps, fissures, or even cancer. It’s not normal to have rectal bleeding and you need to get it checked out.”
Anal fissures are small tears in the the skin around the opening of the anus. It may happen when passing a hard or large stool during a bowel movement. Anal tissues can be extremely painful and lead to spasms of the anus.
Dr. O’Connor is a skilled surgeon who performs minimally invasive laparoscopy surgery.
Laparoscopy is a technique that uses one or more very small incisions, fiber optic cameras, and long thin instruments inserted through the abdominal wall, allowing for a magnified view of the surgical field to perform an operation. Laparoscopy surgery has known benefits of a shorter hospitalization stay, less pain, and a better cosmetic result.
Everyone experiences digestive problems like bloating, nausea, or diarrhea on occasion. Even if you have stomach discomfort and do not feel like eating, a healthy diet is still important.
Dr. O’Connor will work with you to set and achieve your health goals, whether you’re looking to manage a medical condition, for a complete diet overhaul, or for ways to change up your food choices with healthy recipes.
Dr. O’Connor believes the best way for her to support her patients is to help with every aspect of their health. She sits down with each patient and has health consultations to include discussions diet, exercise, sleep patterns, life’s stressors and basic things that can improve their lives.
Preventative care not only helps you stay healthy but it also helps cut back on unnecessary treatments and medical expenses. Dr. O’Connor works with her patients to prevent illnesses or diseases before they happen.
From screening to a healthy diet and exercise, Dr. O’Connor’s goal is to help you and your family stay healthy.