Archive for the ‘Gastroenterology’ Category

What A Gastroenterologist Can Help To Treat

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Gastroenterology is a field of medicine that examines the digestive functions of the body in depth. It requires several years of study, long past traditional general practice, and expertise that’s only acquired through hands-on training.

The gastroenterologist can help to manage, treat and/or cure a multitude of ills including the following:

  • Constipation or Incontinence: Not being able to go, or going without consent can be painful and embarrassing to live with. A gastroenterologist can help.
  • Esophageal, Pancreatic or Colon Cancer: Early to advanced detection can be made with gastroenterology procedures.
  • Hepatitis: The liver belongs to the digestive system, and conditions are treated in the sub-branch of hepatology.
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease or Irritable Bowel Syndrome: The specialist can help with treatment and monitoring to reduce the symptoms.
  • Acid Reflux, Swallowing Issues or Excessive Gas: Specific medicines can be given, in addition to dietary recommendations for the patient.

Bottom line, gastroenterology has to do with the digestive organs, including the colon, intestines, liver, esophagus, gallbladder, liver and stomach.

We service customers from Agoura Hills for gastroenterology at 2220 Lynn Rd #202 Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. Consultations can be arranged by scheduling an appointment. Call us at 805-371-8400.

 

When You May Need To See A Gastroenterologist

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Are you suffering from a bout of  pain, and are considering visiting the gastroenterologist?

 

First, check in with your family doctor to see if the pain or symptoms being experienced are less severe than anticipated. If you’re however experiencing consistent heartburn, abdominal pain or another stomach-related illness, ask for a referral to a gastroenterologist, if none is provided.

Common conditions include constipation, ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome, excessive belching or burping, and others. The gastroenterologist will first question you  to find out what’s going on. Based on what’s described, he or she may then proceed to perform an endoscopy, colonoscopy or some other gastroenterology procedure. This is in order to give the most accurate diagnosis.

After diagnosis, the gastroenterologist will then go on to provide recommendations for either lifestyle changes or follow-up procedures, either with themselves or with another specialist.

It’s all in the best interest of the patient’s health being covered.

Patients need a gastroenterologist when heartburn, stomach pain, or another condition:

  • Gets in the way of work. How many sick days have you called in already?
  • Gets in the way of sleep. How many hours of sleep have you lost to pain?
  • Gets in the way of life. Are you apprehensive to set foot out the door without cause?

If you’ve answered yes to one or more of these questions, it’s time to call a gastroenterologist. These symptoms aren’t normal, and can be treated with the help of an expert gastroenterologist.

We service customers from Camarillo for gastroenterology at 2220 Lynn Rd #202
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. Consultations can be arranged by scheduling an appointment. Call us at 805-371-8400.

 

Precautionary Methods For Gastroenterology Diseases

Monday, June 25th, 2012

When speaking of precautionary measures for diseases that affect the digestive tract, this varies based on the specific disease being discussed. However, as a general rule of thumb, patients can exercise preventative methods like:

  • Eating a nutritionally balanced diet
  • Getting regular screenings with a gastroenterologist
  • Exercising three or more times per week
  • Practicing hygienic practices to prevent the spread of bacteria
  • Identifying and avoiding foods that may cause excessive gas, such as dairy,  gum, broccoli or beans
  • Avoiding excessive use of pain killers, if possible
  • Limiting smoking and alcohol use
  • Eating a fiber-rich diet to avoid pressure on the pancreas
  • Avoid straining or lifting heavy objects

A full series of advice and tips for digestive health can be viewed here, from the American College of Gastroenterology.  Hepatitis can be prevented by practicing safe sex, avoiding excessive alcohol use, and tattooing procedures.

If you have concerns about certain diseases, speak with your family doctor or gastroenterologist. When it comes to preventing gastroenterology diseases, the best bet is with the above tips, and also with screenings for early detection of cancers and other conditions that may affect the liver, intestines, gall bladder, pancreas or esophagus.

Make contact with a doctor is you have frequent symptoms of stomach cramps and pain, vomiting, blood excretion, frequent heartburn, or unintentional weight loss. These may be warning signs that there are undetected and untreated gastroenterology diseases in the body.

Many gastroenterology diseases can be successfully treated with antibiotics or without surgery, depending on the stage of the illness. A gastroenterologist will have to do a full examination to discuss with patients the best options for treatment and recovery, no matter how mild or severe.

In severe cases, patients may be referred to surgery for conditions like pancreatic cancer, chronic gall bladder disease, and others, in which case, many patients have been successfully treated.

We service customers from Agoura Hills for gastroenterology at 2220 Lynn Rd #202, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. Consultations can be arranged by scheduling an appointment. Call us at 805-371-8400.

 

Specific Conditions That Require A Gastroenterologist’s Care

Monday, June 25th, 2012

This post focuses on the top conditions that require a gastroenterologist, either for screening, treatment or both:

  1. Colon Cancer – This is an extremely popular type of cancer, with rates that have soared in recent years. The risk factors go up as people age, and even more so if there’s family history in the patient. For these reasons, frequent screenings are recommended, starting at the age of fifty years old. If you feel frequent stomach  pain, nausea, lethargy, etc. ask your doctor to help with referrals or doing a diagnosis to check if there is, in fact, risk of colon cancer. The earlier the detection, the more successful the treatment is proven to be.
  2. Ulcers – This is another common gastroenterology condition, which can go undetected for a while. The disease is caused by a bacterial infection, which are also most frequently diagnosed by a gastroenterologist.
  3. Pancreatitis – is marked by cramps and pain, and can be a direct source of alcoholism.
  4. Hepatitis – directly affects the liver, and as such, patients will need long-term care and treatment from a hepatologist – also a branch of gastroenterology.

There are many other conditions that are related to gastroenterology. However,  for the purpose of this post, we’ll focus on these select few.

To prevent these conditions:

  • Get regular screenings at a local gastroenterologist
  • Get regular checkups with a family doctor. This contributes to preventative care, and patients’ overall well-being
  • Eat a well-balanced diet and exercise regularly
  • Get vaccinated, and wash hands often
  • Avoid drinking and smoking, as these habits directly affect the liver and other vital digestive organs
  • Drink treated water only, and avoid places where public systems are contaminated

If you are diagnosed with one of these conditions, do not despair. An expert gastroenterologist can help patients with the most proven methods of care

We service customers from Camarillo for gastroenterology at 2220 Lynn Rd #202 Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. Consultations can be arranged by scheduling an appointment. Call us at 805-371-8400, today.

 

The HIPAA Privacy Rule

Monday, June 25th, 2012

What’s the HIPPA privacy rule? Let’s take a look:

When a patient is diagnosed with an illness like hepatitis for instance, there will likely be many concerns about privacy.  Most gastroenterology treatments involve intimate care, and as such, patients will sometimes feel uncomfortable delving into details about their private issues.

Rest assured however, that your gastroenterologist is a professional, who has studied and practiced the same techniques for years. It’s also important to work with a gastroenterologist who makes you feel the most comfortable.

This HIPPA  rule helps to secure patients confidentiality, even when information is stored electronically.

  • Patient information cannot be disclosed without authorization from the patient themselves.
  • When visiting the gastroenterologist office for a procedure, this privacy policy is presented to patients, for signing in agreement.
  • Patients are advised to read the clauses in the agreement, about how information may be used. The disclosure may involve collaborating with physicians who are helping in the overall treatment.
  • Patients will be asked to whom disclosure is allowed, in the event of emergencies and treatments.

The form can be directly downloaded here, to save time when coming for in-office procedures. In addition, insurance forms are available online to save time.

The full HIPPA information is accessible at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

We service customers from Simi Valley for gastroenterology at 2220 Lynn Rd #202
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. Consultations can be arranged by scheduling an appointment. Call us at 805-371-8400.

 

Patients can be assured that their privacy is of utmost priority, excellence in care is a must, and customer service a 30-year standard.

 

Patients can expect:

 

  • Full respect by the lead physician and supporting staff
  • That the staff maintains the dignity of all patients from the start to finish of treatment
  • The HIPPA Act is in full force in all office practices
  • Professional and sympathetic staff who relate to the current condition

For any questions or concerns, patients can feel free to call and discuss these in confidence. If you’re not located in Simi Valley, please visit our other locations at West Hills, Agoura Hills or Camarillo.

 

How Gastroenterology Is Saving Lives

Monday, June 25th, 2012

For each specialist in the medical field, lies life-saving strategies that are performed each year. In the field of gastroenterology, early detections for colorectal cancer can be diagnosed through scheduling regular screenings. The recommended times are once every five years.

Like colon cancer screenings, other evaluations are best performed by a gastroenterologist, due to the following reasons:

  1. A gastroenterologist has in-depth training and knowledge of the organs of the digestive system.
  2. The gastroenterologist, through years of practice and research. will be better able to pinpoint diseases in the digestive tract.
  3. A professional gastroenterologist is trained to perform endoscopies and colonoscopies with the least invasiveness, and the least risk of damage to the internal organs.
  4. When an ailment is diagnosed, the specialist can then proceed to administer treatments, or refer the patient to another specialist and/or surgeon.

The field of gastroenterology evolved from the 18th century and is an independent school of discipline in the medical industry. It has the highest rate of annual procedures next to ophthalmology. Some gastroenterologists are also certified to perform hepatology, as the liver is directly linked to the overall digestive system.

To get in touch with a gastroenterologist, ask your medical doctor for a referral, or do your own research through online directories. Many times, credentials and reviews can be conveniently browsed on the gastroenterologist’s websites of choice.

If there are risk factors of gastroenterology-related diseases, such as family history, or you’ve experienced a recent bout of stomach-related ailments, voice this concern to an M.D., to determine if screenings are necessary at this time.

In addition, many times the general practitioner will collaborate with other medical specialists in the patient’s best interest and for successful treatments.

If you have preset procedures that have been scheduled with a local gastroenterologist, ensure that you prepare well for the appointment. There are often recommended steps to take before a successful endoscopy, colonoscopy or biopsy is performed. Therefore, be sure that this information is relayed either by phone, email or in the initial consultation.

 

Excessive Belching and Bloating

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Sometimes belching and bloating may seem like a nuisance. Other times, it can affect one’s quality of life when the occurrence is repetitive.

Common Factors That Affect Belching and Bloating:

  • The Types of Foods Eaten – some legumes are infamous for causing gas (think beans). Also foods that contain lactose may cause excessive gas in those who suffer from lactose intolerance.
  • Air Swallowing – activities like chewing gum or drinking from a straw can cause excessive air in the stomach.
  • Medicines – the best way to find if medicines cause gas, is to read the label or ask a doctor.
  • Illness – intestinal gas may be the result of an underlying abdominal disease. More common types include Celiac disease, GERD or hernia. In some instances patients will suffer  from gastroparesis ( delayed excretion) or blocks in the intestinal tract, which would have to be corrected surgically.

If belching and bloating are accompanied by additional symptoms like diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain, consult a gastroenterologist as soon as possible. An M.D. can perform common, non invasive procedures like a colonoscopy or endoscopy to determine if there are any underlying illnesses for constant bloating, burping and/or gas.

We service customers from Camarillo for gastroenterology at 2220 Lynn Rd #202 Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. Consultations can be arranged by scheduling an appointment. Call us at 805-371-8400.

Obesity and Gastroenterology

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Being overweight is directly related to gastroenterology for the following reasons:

  • Added risk of gastroenterological disorders
  • As the liver processes foods, eating too much can over expend normal use
  • The condition can cause cancers, heart diseases and exacerbate ulcers and Crohn’s disease
  • Manifestation into non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Bottom line, obesity affect all parts of the digestive tract including:

 

  • The Esophagus: including acid reflux disease
  • Cancers of the gall bladder and rectum
  • Colon and liver diseases and cancers

Nowadays there are many treatments for obesity. Weight loss can be achieved with bariatric surgery, where gastroenterologist can advise patients about the pros and cons of the procedure. More tried and true methods like diet and exercise help with long term gastrointestinal and overall health. A gastroenterologist can examine the body mass index statistics and advise on ways to:Control the appetite

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Discuss safe new procedures

We service customers from West Hills for gastroenterology at 2220 Lynn Rd #202 Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. Consultations can be arranged by scheduling an appointment. Call us at 805-371-8400.

 

Treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Monday, June 11th, 2012

A good percentage of  Americans suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBD), without even being aware of it. This is because the symptoms can be mistaken for other.

Common types of IBDs include:

Crohn’s Disease – which mostly causes inflammation in different parts of the digestive tract.

Ulcers – This also causes inflammation, which is usually long-term.

Symptoms Include:

  • Recurrent diarrhea
  • Bloody stools
  • Stomach pain
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Weight loss

Complications of IBDs:

Inflammatory bowel diseases can lead to colorectal cancer and liver diseases. When left untreated, these risks are increased dramatically. Women who are pregnant will need recommendations by a gastroenterologist on safe treatments during pregnancy.

Ultimately, these diseases affect the quality of life due to constant pain, and an inability to remain fully energetic. To determine if you are in fact an IBD sufferer, an endoscopy or colonoscopy can be performed.

Having determined the cause of illness as IBD, many doctors recommend regular colonoscopies/endoscopies, to detect if any type of cancers of the rectum or colon is being developed. Catching these and any type of cancer is crucial for the best chances of recovery.

The Gastroenterologist Center does more than diagnose these illnesses. Comprehensive care is taken to treat both ulcers and Crohn’s Disease.

Minimally invasive surgeries may have to be performed, and as the Center and lead doctor, Dr. Daneshgar, is affiliated with the Los Robles Medical Center, collaborations with other experts can be easily arranged.

Finally, it’s suggested that patients keep the communication flowing with their gastroenterologist, to stay on top of the disease. This is in addition to maintaining a healthy diet and active lifestyle.

New therapies are also in full swing, and patients should check to see whether they qualify for these procedures. Consultations can be arranged by scheduling an appointment at 805-371-8400.

Prevent Cirrhosis by Quitting Alcohol

Monday, June 11th, 2012

It’s no secret that excessive alcohol use causes damage to the liver, and more specifically cirrhosis. Of course, there are other sources for liver damage, which can all be examined in a hepatology department.

For cirrhosis that is caused by alcohol usage, this can be confirmed by performing a needle biopsy on the liver. The effects of the disease is that normal liver tissue is scarred, and therefore affects the full functionality of the organ. A blood test or ultrasound can also be used to see the level of damage in the liver by alcohol.

The liver is generally speaking a large organ, which is useful for processing the foods and drinks that are consumed. For those who drink excessively, as a simple way to put it – the liver finds it hard to keep up with breaking down alcohol, when consumed at an excessive pace.

Not all types of alcohol use will lead to alcoholic cirrhosis, but it plays a huge role based on statistics. It affects different individuals in various ways, and usually progresses after years of use, with very silent symptoms.

Tips to Prevent Alcoholic Cirrhosis:

  • Quit heavy alcohol use now
  • Drinking in moderation is best
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Keep an active lifestyle

If you’ve already been diagnosed with the condition, by quitting alcohol now, you can prevent further damages down the road. Those who are addicted to alcohol, can enroll in treatment programs or rehab to quit once and for all.

Once cirrhosis has been diagnosed, regular exams of the liver or recommended in order to screen for cancer or other complications.

Patients who don’t have cirrhosis, but are concerned about the disease due to alcohol use, should ask their gastroenterologist about safe limits of alcohol that can be consumed per day without affecting the liver.

We service customers from Simi Valley for gastroenterology at 2220 Lynn Rd #202 Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. Consultations can be arranged by scheduling an appointment. Call us at 805-371-8400.