Pancreatitis in Dallas, TX
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What is pancreatitis?
Pancreatitis is a medical condition that develops when the pancreas becomes inflamed and swollen and is prevented from conducting its vital jobs. A large gland, the pancreas, facilitates digestion. It sends potent digestive proteins called enzymes into the small intestine to help breakdown food. The pancreas also releases the hormones insulin and glucagon into the bloodstream, which enable the body to regulate the manner in which it converts sugar for fuel.
This condition may arise in varying forms. Acute pancreatitis is characterized by the sudden, brief swelling of the pancreas. Often, acute pancreatitis fully resolves with the right form of care. Chronic pancreatitis often arises slowly and can be longer-term. Instances of chronic pancreatitis are frequently associated with heavy alcohol consumption.
If you or someone you love is experiencing pancreatitis, trusted treatment can be found at Digestive Health Associates of Texas. Our board-certified gastroenterologists provide pancreatitis treatment in Dallas, TX and surrounding areas.
What causes pancreatitis?
When pancreatitis develops, the digestive substances called enzymes discussed above activate too early and start to inflame and attack the pancreas. The primary causes of pancreatitis include:
- Cigarette smoking
- Some medications
- Alcohol use
- Overactive parathyroid gland
- Elevated amount of triglyceride in the blood
- Family history of pancreatitis
- Abdominal injuries
- Abdominal surgery
- Autoimmune disease
- Metabolic disorders
- Pancreatic cancer
- Cystic fibrosis
- Elevated amount of calcium
What are common symptoms of pancreatitis?
A range of symptoms could occur if the pancreas becomes irritated. The common symptoms of pancreatitis are listed below:
- Pain in the upper abdomen that extends to the back, particularly after eating
- Increased heart rate
- Nausea and vomiting
- Upper abdominal pain
- Foul-smelling, oily stools
- Abdomen is swollen or tender to the touch
If you need treatment for pancreatitis in Dallas, TX, please reach out to our GI office right away.
How is pancreatitis treated?
Treatment methods for acute pancreatitis often include IV fluids, pain medications, and fasting to rest your pancreas. When pancreatitis is more intense, surgery may be recommended to get rid of the dead or damaged areas if an infection develops. If your acute pancreatitis is due to gallstones, the condition may be treated a surgical procedure to remove the gallbladder. Our experienced team at Digestive Health Associates of Texas can determine the most favorable method of care.
Treatment approaches for chronic pancreatitis may encompass:
- Administration of enzymes to improve digestive processes
- Smoking cessation
- Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages or treatment for alcohol dependence
- Pancreas surgery
- Procedures to address biliary blockages
- Diet modifications – typically low fat
Specialists in pancreatic treatment
Should you or a family member have pancreatitis, it is important to get treatment from an experienced gastrointestinal specialist. Whether it is acute or chronic pancreatitis, the GI doctors at Digestive Health Associates of Texas can help you get the individualized care you seek. We are dedicated to providing patient-focused treatment while following the highest standard of care. To consult a gastroenterologist offering pancreatic treatment in Dallas, TX, please reach out to our team today.
I had the worst pain of my life on May 1st and rushed to the Baylor ER not knowing what was wrong . I was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis. Being the weekend it was difficult to get a skilled physician to perform an ERCP on a Sunday . Dr. Kale very graciously came up to the hospital and skillfully performed this procedure immediately relieving me of all pain . Last week she performed another ERCP to remove the biliary stent she had placed in my duct and I have had no complications and never felt better . Thank you Dr. Kale for your skill and compassion !
Love Dr. Padda!!!!I couldn’t eat after falling on pipes and was in severe pain for 2 years and could not eat. I had had pancreatitis twice that I know of maybe more. After he did my colonoscopy the pain is gone. I think and I told another surgeon I thought it was scar tissue causing me to have pain when eating . I also told surgeon I thought my pancreatitis was mechanical in nature but he would not listen. Dr Padda performed my colonoscopy and I think he straightened out something occluded or tore scar tissue away. I feel so much better since the colonoscopy. I can’t wait to tell him. Tammy Hughes
I have been suffering from Pancreatitis for nearly 20 years without not much relief . Dr.Paul Tarnasky studied my history and performed a procedure to place a pancreatic stent which provided the relief to my problem . He is very caring and spends sufficient time with us during each visit to understand our problems. He is one of the best Doctor I have seen. Thank you
my husband and I have known doctor Alajou for near 20 years, we had all our Colonoscopies done by him, we had our last almost five years ago kmy husbands was treated of a severe pancreatitis this was his second case of this problem my husband was treated before in a severe case of pancreatic infection needed surgery in emergency he made it alright but got a second case about five years later and Dr. Alajou took care of him and so far has been 20 years my husband has not had another case of Pancreatic desease. I have had all my colostomies done also by Dr Alajou, everything fine no problems My husband is 88 years old and still recommends dr. Alajou as I continue visiting him for problems of my stomach “Reflex” to many Advil’s for Arthritis but I am doing fine considering my almost 86 years old . I wish all the doctors of different medical practice were as nice, patient with us asking questions related for what ails us and overall , has been five years I have not visited Doctor Murali Allajou, he remember us very well. That make us as his patients very happy he knows what problems we have had in our pass and see if related to the new illnesses. Excellent doctor. God continue blessing him and his knowledge of Medicine. Thank you very much Doctor you are great my number 10 Alma Lilly Farfán Northway it and Charles N We love you! Doctor 💕💐👵👴
Doctor Massnd came highly recommended from a family friend. Our son has recurring acute pancreatitis and has been hospitalized 3 times over the course of the last year and a half. The hospital doctors recommended a specialist, and we were lucky enough to get an appointment with Dr. Masand. The care and course of treatment is just underway; however, he has already exceeded all expectations in our initial appointment. While most doctors will spend anywhere between 2 and 5 minutes with you in the room, doctor Masand came in asked several questions, went through the entire history, went over all the alternatives, and outlined the upcoming course of treatment to determine the issue. He was not at all rushed, and in with us well over 30 minutes. We could not have been happier with his thoroughness, and explanation and knowledge of the matter at hand. He was incredibly informative and professional, while at the same time, making our son feel very comfortable with his personality and demeanor. He is awesome, and we highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a GI Doctor.