Tuesday, July 24, 2012
“We try to make it as easy for the patients as possible.”
Rya Kaplan, MD and
Robbie Taha, MD
As specialists in stomach and intestinal issues, Dr. Rya Kaplan and Dr. Robbie Taha handle mat- ters that patients are sometimes embarrassed to talk about – such as bloating, gas, constipation and nausea – but need to be addressed and could be signs of something serious.
Plus, the doctors at Coastal Carolina Gastroenterology & Hepatology also play an important role in diagnosing and evaluating several kinds of cancer.
Their practice started in September of 2010 with Dr. Kaplan, who found many women in North Charleston, Summerville and surrounding communities were grateful to have access to have a female gastroenterologist once she arrived. Almost a year later, Dr. Robbie Taha joined the team. “We get along great, professionally and per- sonally,” says Dr. Kaplan, who says they share a similar patient-centered approach to medicine.
Together, Dr. Kaplan and Dr. Taha fill an important need in the community not only by providing routine treatments and procedures, such as colonoscopies, but also providing expert- ise for cases at Trident and Summerville medical centers that involve stomach and intestinal issues (gastroenterology) and liver diseases (hepatology). “We know we have hospital coverage for gastroenterology that we can count on,” says Trident Health President & CEO Todd Gallati. Patients with chronic and potentially serious conditions such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and hepatitis C have the assurance of knowing that Dr. Kaplan and Dr. Taha can handle their cases at their local hospital should they face complications that require them to be admitted.
In addition, the doctors offer new capabilities not available in the North Area before. Both doctors can use minimally invasive endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) to obtain images and learn information about the digestive tract and surrounding organs and tissue. In addition, Dr. Taha has received advanced endoscopy training that, among other things, allows him to look for and remove gallstones from the bile duct through a procedure that is relatively quick and allows for an easy recovery. He also does stenting to open passages that have been narrowed by esophageal, biliary, and colon cancers. “Overall, we are able to keep patients local and make sure they are well taken care of at the hospital or at the office,” Dr. Taha says. “We try to make it as easy for the patients as possible.
”Inpatient procedures are often done at Trident Medical Center, though the doctors also care for inpatients at Summerville Medical Center. Outpatient procedures, including colonoscopies to screen for colon cancer, may be performed at either Trident Medical Center or on the hospital’s campus at Trident Surgery Center. Both doctors also travel to Moncks Corner on a monthly basis so that patients who live there don’t have to travel far for routine visits.
Learn more about Coastal Carolina Gastroenterology & Hepatology at www.ccgastroenterology.com. To schedule an appointment, please call 843-576-0700.