What is Barrett’s Esophagus and How is it Treated?
The esophagus is a muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach. Some refer to it as a food pipe. Sometimes, acid from the stomach refluxes, or moves up into, this tube. Chronic reflux of stomach acid is referred to as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). With repeated exposure to stomach acid, the cells that […]
Why Would I See a Gastroenterologist?
Gut health is an important aspect of our general health and wellbeing. Recently, we’ve begun hearing more in the media about various gut health issues and how to potentially avoid them. The reason more experts are talking about gut health, and why we should be listening, is that our gut is home to over 40 […]
Why Do I Need a Liver Biopsy?
Liver biopsies are sometimes performed to help reach an accurate diagnosis for liver problems. This test may also help a doctor estimate the extent of liver damage. This is referred to as staging liver disease. The results of a liver biopsy may also help in the development of treatment for liver damage or disease. The […]
What to Expect After a Colonoscopy
Lower GI endoscopy is also known as a colonoscopy. This screening is important for all adults beginning at age 50. The purpose of this endoscopic procedure is to observe the lower GI tract for signs of inflammation, tumors, polyps, or other asymptomatic abnormalities. A person can have any of these conditions without noticeable symptoms. Each […]
Esophageal Dilation: Treatment for Difficulty Swallowing
When we think about our ability to swallow, we may get stuck on the throat alone. Structurally, the esophagus is also involved in our swallowing functions. This body part, the tube that connects the throat and stomach, may narrow for various reasons. When this happens, a range of symptoms may occur. Signs of a narrowed […]
Abdominal Pain is Telling You Something
It isn’t unusual to have a tummy ache now and then. This symptom is usually a minor and temporary frustration. However, for some people, abdominal pain may occur with increasing frequency or severity. When the intensity of abdominal pain rises over time, one may just get used to it. The discomfort feels like their norm. […]
Let’s Talk Fatty Liver Disease
When we think about essential bodily organs, there are two primary candidates: our brain and our heart. However, every single organ in the body has a role in something, which makes every organ essential. Logically, we know this. It’s just that, if we were to develop a condition such as fatty liver disease, we may […]
Signs and Symptoms of GERD
Acid reflux, commonly known as “heartburn,” occurs when acids in the stomach move upward into the esophagus and create a burning pain in the throat and chest. When this occurs more than twice weekly, gastroesophageal reflux disease(GERD) is the likely culprit – and one that can continue to create discomfort while doing substantial damage to […]
How Can I Improve My Liver Health?
Your liver plays a key role in the digestive process, producing bile that turns fat into energy along with proteins that help to carry waste from the body. This organ helps control your blood sugar, releasing glucose when it’s needed and removing it when it’s in excess. It also works to destroy bacterial and viral […]
Should I be Worried About Difficulty Swallowing?
Everyone gets a lump of food stuck in their throat from time to time. It can happen when you eat too quickly or don’t chew your food all the way. However, if you frequently have difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), it may be due to a serious condition that requires medical treatment. Dysphagia falls into several different […]