Posts Categorized: Gastroenterology

Colon Cancer Awareness

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Internal and External Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are enlarged veins in the anus and lower parts of the rectum. They are fairly common and affect nearly 75 percent of adults at some point in their lives. Although hemorrhoids are an uncomfortable and occasionally painful condition, they are usually not serious and can be prevented with the right lifestyle choices. Here’s a... Read more »

Abdominal Pain: Gallstones

Gallstones are pieces of solid material that form in the body from special digestive fluids. They affect a small but important area of the body—the gallbladder. The gallbladder’s primary purpose is to store bile—a fluid that aids in the digestion process. Gallstones come in varying sizes and can result in a number of complications including... Read more »

Abdominal Pain: IBS

Celiac Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common, and very bothersome, gastrointestinal condition. It usually causes abdominal pain, bloating and alteration in bowel habits, although nearly any GI symptom can be associated with IBS. IBS is a chronic condition, and symptoms can vary in severity and type throughout life. The exact cause of IBS is unknown.... Read more »

Abdominal Pain: Appendicitis

Although scientists know the existence of the appendix in the human body isn’t random, its exact purpose is yet to be confirmed. The appendix is a tube that extends from the beginning of the large intestine and has been theorized to be a reservoir for “good bacteria”, although some believe it’s simply a remnant of... Read more »

Anatomy of Your Digestive System

The body needs nutrients to support its various organs and functions, and the main way it gets those nutrients is through food and drink. What we put in our bodies determines what nutrients our bodies will receive.  From the protein we need for strong bones to the carbohydrates we need for energy—everything must first pass... Read more »

Abdominal Pain: Crohn’s Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, is a common inflammatory condition that can affect the GI tract.  IBD involves chronic (or long-term) inflammation of some or all of your digestive tract and can come with a number of painful symptoms. IBD is typically distinguished into two separate diseases: Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.  Ulcerative colitis is... Read more »

What is Intestinal Obstruction?

Healthy Relationship with Doctor There are several areas of the body where blockages or buildups can cause problems, including the intestines. The intestines are responsible for absorbing the nutrients from what we eat and drink, so it's important to keep the intestinal system healthy. One common blockage problem is known as an intestinal obstruction, or a bowel obstruction. This... Read more »

Colon Cancer Screening and You: What to Expect at your First Colonoscopy

Colon cancer is one of the most common and most deadly cancers.  Colon cancer is the third most common cancer, and the third most common cancer killer, among both men and women. Colonoscopy remains the most effective way to not only detect early colon cancer but also to prevent colon cancer from ever being an issue.... Read more »