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We specialize in treating these gastroenterology conditions

We provide high quality, cost-effective patient care. Our medical team specializes in a variety of techniques and therapies to diagnose and treat diseases of the digestive system.

Achalasia

Achalasia is a condition in which the lower part of the esophagus does not properly relax with swallowing.

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Colon Cancer

First of all, most colon cancers begin as a then precancerous polyp which is found in the colon. In addition, polyps can vary in size as well as type. Most importantly, they can then vary in their propensity to turn into colon cancer. Consequently, screening tests such as colonoscopy allow Gastroenterologists to then remove these potentially cancerous polyps.

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Diverticular Disease

First of all, diverticular disease is a condition in which pockets protrude through weak areas in the colon wall. In addition, each pocket is called a diverticulum. Also, multiple pockets are called diverticula. Lastly, diverticular disease affects most commonly the left colon. However, it can extend throughout other parts of the gastrointestinal tract.

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Dysphagia

Dysphagia is difficulty or discomfort with swallowing. It includes problems getting food from the mouth into the esophagus, down the esophagus and into the stomach. It is important to seek immediate medical attention for any difficulty with swallowing solids or liquids.

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Fecal Incontinence

First of all, it is the loss of gas. This is in addition to liquid or solid stool. Consequently, it is thought to affect between 2 and 7 percent of the general population, although the actual incidence is difficult to measure. This is due to most people being hesitant to discuss this problem with a healthcare provider. In addition, involuntary loss of gas or liquid stool affects men as well as women equally. However, women are almost twice as likely as men to report this. Lastly, fecal incontinence is also more common in older adults, especially nursing home residents.

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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a condition in which gastric contents, mainly acid, flows back up into the esophagus. GERD occurs when this backflow is frequent and excessive, causing symptoms and damage to the esophageal lining. GERD causes an array of symptoms including heartburn, chest pain, regurgitation, lump in throat, nausea, vomiting, hiccups, burping and troubled or painful swallowing.

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Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are painful bulges that develop around the anus. They form due to pressure on the veins around the rectum and pelvis area. You can have either external or internal hemorrhoids (or both). Internal hemorrhoids develop inside of the anus, while external hemorrhoids grow outside of the anus. Both can be painful. You can clearly tell when you have external hemorrhoids because you can see or feel them bulging from the anal area. If you see blood, or mucus in your stool or the toilet after going to the bathroom, it is a possible sign of internal hemorrhoids.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects up to 15% of the adult population in the United States, and occurs twice as often in women than men. It is a chronic, functional gastrointestinal disorder with symptoms that can be painful and sometimes debilitating. Functional GI disorders happen when your GI tract behaves in an abnormal way without evidence of damage due to a disease.

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Pancreatic Cysts

Currently, rates of pancreatic cysts appear to be increasing due to an aging population and also increased use of cross sectional imaging such as CT scans and MRI. The overall incidence ranges anywhere between 2-38% in general population. Pancreatic cysts may or may not have the potential to turn into cancer. The overall risk of cancer in a single pancreatic cyst at initial diagnosis is quite low, but can exist in certain lesions such as mucinous cysts (IPMNs, MCNs).

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Rectal Bleeding

Seeing blood in the toilet or on toilet paper can be a frightening experience for anyone. It is strongly recommended that anytime you experience rectal bleeding, you have it evaluated by a physician. Early detection of this issue helps with prevention of severe damage. For example, with colonoscopy, we can remove precancerous polyps from your colon and prevent them from developing into cancer. The key is not to wait and think that something common like hemorrhoids are causing the rectal bleeding and will go away over time with no long term effects.

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Zenker Diverticulum

A Zenker’s diverticulum (ZD) is an outpouching that occurs in the esophagus (muscular food pipe that connects the mouth to the stomach). It is thought that high pressure zones in the lumen of the esophagus lead to outpouching formation at a weak point in the top of the esophagus.

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