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 […]
What Can an Upper GI Endoscopy Detect?
An upper endoscopy or EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy) is a simple procedure that gives our doctors a detailed view of your upper digestive tract. Performed using a small camera on a flexible tube, it can detect virtually any abnormalities in your esophagus, stomach, and the first part of your small intestine. Your gastroenterology specialist should explain what […]
Signs You May Have Variceal Bleeding
If you have a bloody stool or are spitting up blood, you may have variceal bleeding. Caused by ruptured blood vessels in the esophagus, stomach, or rectum, this condition can result in blood loss, sepsis, kidney failure, and more. At Gramercy Park Digestive Disease Center (GPDDC), our experienced gastroenterologists can perform a variceal banding procedure […]
What Are the Benefits of Having a Colonoscopy?
If you have any significant changes in your bowel movements, you may need to have a colonoscopy. Also known as a lower GI endoscopy, a colonoscopy helps screen for colorectal cancer, polyps, and more. At Gramercy Park Digestive Disease Center (GPDDC), our experienced gastroenterologists are passionate about keeping patients comfortable and healthy. There are several […]
What Does It Mean When Your Esophagus is Dilated?
An esophageal dilation is a means of widening a narrowed or tightened section of your esophagus. This type of esophageal stricture is not uncommon, and the causes include: Scarring of the esophagus caused by acid reflux Scarring of the esophagus caused by radiation treatment Esophageal tumors Esophageal spasms Schatzki’s ring (an abnormal ring of tissue […]
Hemorrhoid Treatment with Band Ligation
If you have hemorrhoids, you probably want to be rid of them! Band ligation is one way to treat internal hemorrhoids, which are located inside the lower rectum. External hemorrhoids are found outside of the body, on the anus. What is band ligation? During this procedure, the doctor will use instruments to place rubber bands […]