Patient Education

Celiac Disease (gluten enteropathy)

People who have celiac disease cannot tolerate a protein called "gluten", found in wheat, rye, and barley. The body builds up antibodies against the gluten and these antibodies attack parts of the body. Gastrointestinal symptoms are most common, but celiac disease can also lead to skin, thyroid and other medical disorders. Celiac disease is treated by following a strict gluten-free diet. Celiac disease is hereditary and family members of those with celiac disease may wish to be tested. More...

Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is a procedure that allows a gastroenterologist to look inside the colon (large intestine) and identify inflamed tissue, abnormal growths, and ulcerations. It is performed most often used to look for early signs of colorectal cancer. It is recommended that most people get a colonoscopy at age 50, or earlier if there is a family history of colorectal cancer, a personal history of Crohn's disease or Ulcerative colitis, or other risk factors. Your colon must be completely empty for the colonoscopy to be effective. This is achieved by following "prep" procedures 1 to 3 days beforehand. More...

Colorectal Cancer Treatment

Colon cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the colon. Signs of colon cancer include blood in the stool or a change in bowel habits. Colon cancer may be diagnosed by a gastroenterologist following a colonoscopy. Treatment options for colon cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and new targeted therapies. More...

Crohn's Disease

Crohn’ disease is a chronic disease that causes inflammation and irritation of the the digestive tract, usually the small intestine. Symptoms of Crohn's disease come and go, with remissions lasting weeks or years. Flares can cause a range of symptoms, including severe intestinal pain and bleeding. Treatment options include lifestyle changes (dietary, quit smoking) and medications, including immunomodulators and new biologic therapies. Your gastroenterologist will recommend a treatment based on the severity of symptoms and your response to past treatments. More...

Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Treatment

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder, affecting about 10% of adults. IBS describes a collection of symptoms, including pain or discomfort in the abdomen and changes in bowel movement patterns. IBS may occur with diarrhea and/or constipation. It is referred to as a "functional disorder" because the GI tract functions abnormal without causing any damage to the tissue. Treatment includes dietary changes and stress management and, in some cases, medications. More...

Treatment for GER / GERD

Acid reflux, also called "Gastroesophageal reflux" or GERD happens when your stomach contents come back up into your esophagus.Stomach acid that touches the lining of your esophagus can cause heartburn and acid indigestion. See a your doctor about treatment options, including dietary and lifestyle changes, medications (antacids, H2 blockers, PPIs) and surgical procedure. More...

What is a Gastroenterologist?

A gastroenterologist is a medical physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases, such as colorectal cancer, cirrhosis, Crohn's disease, diverticulitis, GERD, hepatitis, intestinal bleeding, pancreatitis and other digestive disorders. A gastroenterologist must graduate from medical school and then complete 3 more years in a gastroenterology residency to gain expertise in the management of gastrointestinal disorders and the performance of diagnostic endoscopy procedures, such as colonoscopy. After completing medical training, a gastroenterologist may be board-certified by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. More...