Conditions We Treat
- Barrett's Esophagus
- GERD (Reflux Disorders)
- Hepatobiliary disorders
- Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C
- IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
- Ulcerative Colitis, Chrones Disease
Procedures We Perform
- Upper Endoscopy
Consultation and Expertise in the following areas
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GERD and Esophageal Disorders
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a digestive disorder that involves the lower esophageal sphincter and the lower esophagus. It refers to the return of stomach acid and contents back up into the esophagus, causing heartburn or acid indigestion.Common symptoms are burning in the chest or meal-related nausea or chest pain.
Barrett's esophagus is a serious complication of GERD, where normal tissue lining the esophagus changes to tissue that resembles the lining of the intestine. It does increase the risk of developing esophageal adenocarcinoma, which is a serious, potentially fatal cancer of the esophagus.
H. Pylori Gastrits
H. pylori is a spiral-shaped bacterium found in the stomach. The bacteria can attach to cells lining the stomach, causing stomach inflammation (gastritis), and can cause ulcers. Over time, infection with the bacteria can also increase the risk of stomach cancer. It is curable with 1-2 weeks of oral antibiotics.
Peptic ulcer disease refers to painful sores or ulcers in the lining of the stomach or in the first part of the small intestine, called the duodenum.An ulcer is the end result of an imbalance between digestive fluids in the stomach and duodenum, of H. pylori infection, or of chronic use of aspirin-like anti-inflammatory medications.
Chronic Liver Disease
Liver failure or cirrhosis occur when the liver becomes damaged beyond repair and is no longer able to function. The most common causes of chronic liver disease include hepatitis B, fatty liver disease, hepatitis C, and long-term alcohol consumption. Fortunately, in many conditions, the liver is a "very forgiving organ" capable of complete healing once aggravating factors are removed.
Hepatitis C and B
Hepatitis B and C are viruses that infect the liver. Often, with treatment, both viruses can be cured in a short time, however they can also become chronic, causing long term infection that can damage your liver, progress to irreversible liver failure and even result in liver cancer.
One of the liver's primary roles is to metabolize and detoxify unhealthy foods, chemicals, and medications that enter our body, putting it in direct contact with these harmful toxins. Hepatotoxicity occurs when the liver experiences damage through its handling of these agents. Prompt recognition of hepatotoxicity is essential in preventing long-term damage.
Fatty Liver Disease
Fatty liver disease (NAFL) represents an acquired metabolic disorder resulting in fat accumulation and subsequent inflammation in the liver. It may occasionally progress to cirrhosis-the irreversible end-stage of liver damage. it is currently one of the most common causes of noninfectious chronic liver disease.
Gallstones are little pebble-like substances that form in the gallbladder, a small organ located under the liver that helps with digestion. These stones develop because cholesterol and pigments in bile can condense into hard particles. When symptoms do occur, you may have stomach pain, right-sided abdominal pain or upper back pain, feel nauseous, and may vomit.
Colon polyps are growths in your large intestine (colon). Colon polyps arise as a result of cumulative genetic changes that occur with age or as a result of our genetic familial inheritance. Most colon polyps are not cancer. however early detection and removal of colon polyps through colonoscopy, provides us an excellent opportunity to greatly reduce your subsequent colon cancer risk.
Colon cancer occurs when the cells that make up polyps devolve into a malignant state. these growths can then invade and metastasize to other parts of the body. The abnormally growing cells are referred to as a malignant tumor, which is cancer. There are many treatment options available. however the best cure is prevention or early detection.
Ulcerative colitis is a disease that causes inflammation and sores (ulcers) in the lining of the large intestine. Major symptoms include stomach pain or cramps, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, and sometimes a fever and weight loss.
Crohn's disease is a lifelong inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Parts of the digestive system get swollen and can have deep sores called ulcers and fissures. Crohn's disease usually is found in the last part of the small intestine and the large intestine but it can develop anywhere in the digestive tract.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder of the intestines. It causes belly pain, cramping or bloating, and diarrhea , irregular bowel movements or constipation. Irritable bowel syndrome is a long-term problem, but there are many things that you can do to reduce your symptoms. Good advice and treatment from a gastroenterologist should greatly improve or eliminate your symptoms
This set of symptoms includes indigestion, nausea, dyspepsia, queasiness, sour stomach, etc. Come see us so we can methodically decipher what condition underlies these troubling symptoms.
The underlying causes include possible enzyme or metabolic defects, motor, or structural abnormalities of the gut. Through carefully obtained history and thoughtful evaluation, analysis and testing we can figure out the problem and find the best solution.