Diseases of the Colon and Rectum

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Dr. Boushey is a wonderful doctor and very skilled surgeon. If you are lucky enough to be one of his patients, you are blessed indeed! Having been diagnosed with colon cancer at a young age, Dr. Boushey handled my case with much care and compassion. We are so fortunate to have his expertise in Ottawa.

Patients & Visitors
General Information

For consultation and follow-up appointments please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time. For procedures and examinations, you must arrive 60 minutes prior to your scheduled time.

Always bring your OHIP and Hospital Green Card. New patients will be required to fill out a medical questionnaire "new patient data form" before seeing Dr. Boushey. Please click here to download the form. New patients must bring a list of all medications and exact doses.

For all initial consultation appointments, patients must do a rectal fleet enema 2 hours prior to their scheduled appointment unless alternate instructions have been given by Dr. R. Boushey. Please note that you do not require a prescription for a rectal fleet enema.

If you are unsure of the preparation that is right for you, please contact Dr. Boushey's office at (613)737-8899 x 71724 .

Online services are only applied to registered patients. As an option, users may register and create a personal account profile to provide more personalized information. Users are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the user ID and password, and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under their account. Dr. Boushey does not retain liability or responsibility for such use.

 
Appointment Requests

Dr. Boushey is a colorectal disease specialist.  Dr. Boushey requires a referral from patient’s physician and can not see patient without one.  All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

 
Cancellation Policy

You must give Dr. Boushey's office at least 7 business days notice if you wish to cancel or reschedule your appointment. Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Boushey’s office at (613)737-8899 ext. 71724.

Please note that if you do not show up for your scheduled appointment / visit, you will be automatically charged a $50 as no show fee.  If do not show up for your scheduled colonoscopy appointment, you will be automatically charged $250 as no show fee.

 
Procedures

What is Banding?

The most common office procedure used for the treatment of symptomatic internal hemorrhoids is rubber band ligation. During this procedure, a small black elastic band will be placed on your haemorrhoids. With Banding, there is a small risk of infection and or a small risk of bleeding. There is a remote risk of a severe infection that has been reported with Banding.

What is Botox Injection?

Botox is a well-known brand name for a medicinal form of botulinum toxin type A, also known as onabotulinumtoxinA. The toxin is produced by a specific bacterium that causes the food poisoning botulism. When injected in small doses into specific muscles, Botox doesn't poison you but acts as a muscle relaxant with effects that can last for several months. The use of Botox for anal fissures was first described in 1993. Botox inhibits the release of acetylcholine at the presynaptic membrane. Injection of 2.5 up to 10 units at 2-4 different sites within the anal canal is commonly practiced.

What is colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy is a procedure used to see inside the colon and rectum. Colonoscopy can detect inflamed tissue, ulcers, and abnormal growths. The procedure is used to look for early signs of colorectal cancer and can help doctors diagnose unexplained changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain, bleeding from the anus, and weight loss.

What is flexible sigmoidoscopy?

Flexible sigmoidoscopy is a procedure used to see inside the sigmoid colon and rectum. Flexible sigmoidoscopy can detect inflamed tissue, abnormal growths, and ulcers. The procedure is used to look for early signs of cancer and can help doctors diagnose unexplained changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain, bleeding from the anus, and weight loss.

 

 
Forms and Preparation

New Patient Form: Please click here for appointment preparation.  

Banding: Please click here for banding appointment preparation.  

Botox: Please click here for botox injection preparation.  

Colonoscopy: Please click here for colonoscopy preparation with Prco-Salax .  

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy: Please click here if you need to do a full bowel preparation for a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy. For regular preparation, please click here.

 
Patient Education

Colonoscopy screening is the key for early detection of colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and women and the second leading cause of cancer death in Canada. But despite its high incidence rate, this cancer can be detected early through screening and in some cases, can even be prevented from ever developing. The key is prevention. The Canadian Cancer Society strongly recommends talking to your doctor regarding your personal risk and screening. People who are at higher than average risk of developing colorectal cancer may need to undergo screening at an earlier age, or more often. You can also learn more about screening and how to reduce your risk of colorectal cancer by calling the Canadian Cancer Society Cancer Information Service, at 1-888-939-3333 or online at Canadian Cancer Society or at American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons.

What is a Polyp?

Colon polyps are non-cancerous growths that develop inside the lining of the colon or rectum and generally grow slowly. They appear as domed shaped growths or have stalk and resemble a mushroom. Some have the potential to develop into cancer. To learn more click here.

 

Anatomy

Following figures are the anatomy of colon, digestive system and rectum for your reference.
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Daily fibre in the food

The average daily fiber intake is between 25 grams to 35 grams per day. You can find fiber in foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains, whole grains are best. Not being able to pass waste materials inside the gut can cause a variety of problems: constipation, hemorrhoids and possibly colon cancer. The intestinal tract needs to get rid of the waste so the body can continue to function at optimal levels. But how much do you need on a daily basis to reap the maximum? Click here for reference.

Perineal Strengthing Exercises

The following are descriptions of two types of perineal strengthening exercises. When performed on a regular basis, these exercises may improve the overall strength of some of the muscles necessary for continence. Like any voluntary muscle (i.e. biceps), it may take a while to reach a specific level of strength, and once one stops exercising its strength may decline. To learn more click here.

 
Patient Supports

United Ostomy Support Group, Ottawa Inc. - Hotline Phone: 613-447-0361

Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada

Canadian Cancer Society

Hospice at Maycourt

Friends of the Hospice Ottawa

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada

Health Talk Online / Youth Health Talk

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America

MedicineNet brings Doctor’s knowledge to you

American Society of Clinical Oncology

American Society Colon& Rectal Surgeons

American Cancer Society

US National Cancer Institution