Do I Need Band Ligation for My Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins located in the rectum and anus. Most people have experienced hemorrhoids, but in some cases, the hemorrhoids can become prolapsed and protrude through the anus. They can be more than just a painful nuisance. Sometimes, the bleeding and discomfort from hemorrhoids can interfere with your quality of life. At that point, […]
Heartburn or Heart Attack?
Heartburn and acid reflux are experienced more often during the holidays, and because of that, people sometimes miss the signs of a heart attack and assume they are just experiencing a bad case of heartburn. While heartburn and a heart attack share some symptoms, and heartburn can actually be a symptom of a heart attack, […]
5 Tips to Avoid Reflux During the Holidays
For people who suffer from reflux, the holidays can be a difficult time. It’s easy to overeat, and you’re often eating meals in other peoples’ homes or in restaurants where you can’t control the ingredients. These 5 tips can help you avoid reflux during the holidays. 1. Avoid Alcohol It’s a time for celebrating, and […]
Signs that You Should Have a Colonoscopy
Most people have heard from their physicians and from cancer prevention organizations about the need to have a colonoscopy at age 50. Having a colonoscopy at age 50 is one of the most effective ways to detect and prevent colorectal cancer. When detected early, colorectal cancer can be completely removed and you can go on […]
Why Do I Need a Liver Biopsy?
The liver is a large organ in the upper right portion of the abdomen that aids in digestion and detoxification. It is also important for aiding in efficient blood clotting. There are many reasons why you would need a liver biopsy. If your doctor tells you that you need a liver biopsy, you may feel concerned […]
Heartburn vs. Acid Reflux
You might think that acid reflux and heartburn are the same things, but there are differences between them. What are these differences, and how do you know if you need treatment for them? Learn more about heartburn and acid reflux. Can You Have Heartburn Without Acid Reflux? Heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux. […]
Why Would You Need an Esophageal Dilation?
When you have difficulty swallowing food due to a narrowed esophagus, your doctor might recommend undergoing esophageal dilation. This procedure involves stretching your esophagus in order to open it up more. Why Would You Need Your Esophagus Stretched? You might need to have your esophagus stretched if you have been having trouble swallowing or other […]
Foods to Avoid with GERD
Having gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can make it difficult to enjoy having certain foods. Some foods and beverages can end up making symptoms worse. What Foods Should Be Avoided with GERD? When you have GERD, there are certain foods and drinks that might irritate your condition and cause symptoms to flare up. You should avoid […]
What Causes Autoimmune Hepatitis?
Autoimmune hepatitis can cause serious liver problems when it is left untreated. Knowing more about this condition can help ensure that you get the treatment you need. Is Autoimmune Hepatitis Life-Threatening? Autoimmune hepatitis can become life-threatening when it isn’t properly treated. Without treatment, you can end up developing cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver. Over […]
Happy IBS Awareness Month!
April is IBS Awareness month! IBS affects about 25 to 45 million people in the U.S. It is important to understand what this condition is and how you can find relief and manage your symptoms. What is IBS? IBS which stands for irritable bowel syndrome, a chronic gastrointestinal disorder that affects the large intestine. It […]