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Each month we will post articles on various GI topics. We hope you will find our blog to be interesting and informative. Stop back often!

 

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Feeling bloated is a fairly common symptom that most people will experience at some point in their lives. Most of the time, bloating is not cause for serious concern. But sometimes bloating can indicate a more serious underlying cause. In this article, we’re going to talk about how to recognize when bloating isn’t normal – and what to do about it!

Diarrhea & Stomach Pain

Bloating combined with diarrhea and chronic stomach pain may indicate an inflammatory bowel disease like Chron’s Disease or ulcerative colitis. These conditions cause inflammation in the digestive tract. These symptoms should be examined by a gastroenterologist, who can provide a full diagnosis and recommend treatment options.

Major Abdominal Cramps

If your bloating is coupled with intense pain in your abdomen that recurs over time, there may be something else going on under the surface. Pain in the lower left side of the stomach may indicate diverticulitis – an inflammation in the colon. Typical treatment for diverticulitis is prescription antibiotics, but dietary changes may also be required.

Weight Loss

If you are experiencing unexplained weight loss in addition to your bloating, there may also be a more sinister underlying condition. See your GI specialist for a full diagnosis of your condition and to discuss treatment options.

Gastroenterologist in Chaska, MN

If you are searching for a gastroenterologist in the Twin Cities area, look no further than Bhatti GI. Dr. Ahsan Bhatti is one of the most skilled gastroenterologists in the state of Minnesota and has performed more than 40,000 advanced procedures over the course of his two decades in practice. We aim to treat every single one of our patients with the respect and care they deserve. Contact Dr. Bhatti and his team today to schedule your appointment at one of our GI clinics – located in Edina and Chaska. 

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Colon cancer is a serious – potentially fatal – condition that needs to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible to ensure the best outcome. Unfortunately, the signs and symptoms of colon cancer can be difficult for patients to self-diagnose. In this article, we are going to discuss some of the most common signs and symptoms that may indicate colon cancer, and when it’s time to make an appointment with a GI doctor.

Abdominal Discomfort

Cramping, pain, or discomfort in the abdominal region that lasts for a long time, or recurs over days or weeks is a potential sign of colon cancer. However, abdominal pain is a potential symptom of many different conditions so it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis from a GI specialist.

Bowel Movement Changes

Another sign that may indicate a diagnosis of colon cancer is changes in bowel movements. This can include: blood in the stool, constipation, changes in the consistency of stool, and changes in bowel habits.

Weight Loss

Unexpected or unintended weight loss is another potential symptom of colon cancer. If you find that you’re losing an excessive amount of weight without changing your diet or exercise habits, it may be time to make an appointment with your doctor.

Weakness & Fatigue

Feeling generally weak or fatigued may also be an indication of colon cancer. Again, this is a broad symptom that may indicate a wide variety of conditions. Consult with your physician to get an accurate diagnosis before moving forward to treatment.

MN Gastroenterologists

 

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it’s time to make an appointment with a gastroenterologist to fully diagnose your condition. The best way to prevent and diagnose colon cancer is a colonoscopy. Dr. Ahsan Bhatti is one of the most skilled and experienced GI doctors in the state of Minnesota – with more than 40,000 advanced gastrointestinal procedures under his belt over twenty years in practice. Contact us today at Bhatti GI clinics to set up your appointment at one of our Minnesota clinic locations (in Edina and Chaska).

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Many patients have been told that they should get a screening colonoscopy at a certain age, but some wonder whether the procedure is worth the effort. The fact is that screening colonoscopies are not just worth it – they can be life-saving. In this article, we are going to explain why it’s worth it to get regular screening colonoscopies.

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If you are age 45 or older, you might be wondering if you really need to have a colonoscopy. The answer is a resounding YES. Colorectal Cancer (or Colon Cancer) is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, colon cancer screening using regular colonoscopies can lead to a dramatic reduction in the number of deaths from cancer of the colon and rectum. In fact, 60% of colon cancer deaths can be prevented with a colonoscopy.

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The first Wednesday in April is National Walking Day. While the American Heart Association sponsors #NationalWalkingDay to remind people of the cardiovascular benefits of taking a walk, did you know that taking a walk helps with digestion and improves your gut bacteria as well?

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April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month. Esophageal Cancer takes the lives of more than 15,000 people each year, making it one of the deadliest forms of cancer. The mission of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is to prevent and cure all forms of cancer. The AACR utilizes April as Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month to educate people of the signs and symptoms of esophageal cancer in an effort to save lives.

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Heartburn and GERD affect many people, but most patients incorrectly think that the two are the same.  In this article, we will discuss the similarities and differences between GERD and heartburn so you can know how to better identify and treat each condition.

 

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Colonoscopies can be utilized by your physician in several different situations to diagnose and prevent various conditions, including colon cancer. But not all colonoscopy procedures are the same. In this article, we are going to discuss the difference between two common types of colonoscopies - the screening colonoscopy and the diagnostic colonoscopy.

Screening Colonoscopy

A screening colonoscopy is used to screen patients for colon cancer and related issues. This type of colonoscopy is typically called for when a patient reaches a certain age range, or if they have a family history of colon cancer. It is used as a preventive measure to screen patients for cancerous polyps, and other serious issues so these conditions can be prevented and treated appropriately.

Diagnostic Colonoscopy

A diagnostic colonoscopy, while basically the same procedure, is used in different situations than a screening colonoscopy. Diagnostic colonoscopies are used when a patient exhibits specific symptoms that may indicate colon cancer or other issues. This procedure helps the physician further diagnose the patient’s condition. Diagnostic colonoscopies may also involve biopsies, lesion removals, and the like. Unlike screening colonoscopies, diagnostic colonoscopies are not performed when a patient reaches a certain age, but rather when they begin exhibiting certain symptoms.

Colonoscopy Clinics in Minnesota

Colonoscopies are one of the best tools we have to prevent and treat patients with colon cancer. When you need a colonoscopy, you want to make sure you visit a surgeon you can trust. Dr. Bhatti is one of the most respected and experienced colonoscopy surgeons in the state of Minnesota. He has performed more than 40,000 advanced GI procedures over his twenty years as a practicing gastroenterologist. Whether you need a screening colonoscopy or a diagnostic colonoscopy, Bhatti GI has you covered. Contact Bhatti GI Consultants today to set up your appointment with Dr. Bhatti at our Edina or Chaska clinic. Bhatti GI can see patients within a week! 

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Many people fear a colonoscopy and dread the thought of it. The procedure is safe and effective.  And, a screening colonoscopy is hands down the best way to identify and treat colon cancer before it becomes a scary beast.  Despite that, many people avoid it and procrastinate getting one.  For some, the fe

ar is so great that it prevents them from having the procedure done at all!  Below are a few tips for alleviating fear and anxiety about colonoscopies. 

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For many people, the thought of getting a colonoscopy sounds dreadful.  And many might wonder why they should bother with getting a colonoscopy when they feel fine and don't have any symptoms.  Well, the American Cancer Society recommends that the vast majority of people should get screening colonoscopies for the detection of colon cancer, beginning at age 50.  Here are five reasons why:

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Following your doctor's instructions before and after a procedure is almost as important as the procedure itself! You need to do everything in your power to assist in your own recovery, and following your pre- and post-op instructions is the best way to do that. In this article, we are going to walk through a few of the procedures we perform at Bhatti GI, and offer some pre-op and post-op instructions for each.

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Many people don't think about their colon health until something goes wrong.  But there are steps you can take to keep your colon (and the rest of your body) healthy.  In this article, we are going to discuss a few tips for keeping your colon happy and healthy.

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Many patients have been told that they should get a screening colonoscopy at a certain age, but some wonder whether the procedure is worth the effort. The fact is that screening colonoscopies are not just worth it – they can be life-saving. In this article, we are going to explain why it’s worth it to get regular screening colonoscopies.

Preventing Colorectal Cancer

The biggest reason why a colonoscopy is “worth it” is the fact that colonoscopies are the best way to detect and prevent colorectal cancer. During the procedure, your gastroenterologist can remove polyps and search for other signs that may indicate the development of colon cancer. 

Detecting Hidden Symptoms

The symptoms of colon cancer can be very subtle and difficult to detect until late stages. A patient with colorectal cancer may not even realize that anything is wrong until the cancer has progressed for years. Early detection is one of the most important factors for successfully treating colon cancer. That’s why screening colonoscopies are essential for detecting and preventing colon cancer. 

Increasing Your Odds of Successful Treatment

If colon cancer is detected during your colonoscopy, then you and your gastroenterologist can discuss the best course of treatment for your situation. The earlier it’s detected the better chance you have of a successful recovery. 

Twin Cities Colonoscopy Doctor

At Bhatti GI Clinics, we treat patients throughout the Twin Cities for a wide variety of gastrointestinal diseases and conditions. Dr. Bhatti is a recognized expert in the field, with a proven track record of success – having performed more than 40,000 advanced GI procedures over his two decades as a practicing physician. Whether you need a routine colonoscopy, or you’re experiencing a serious gastrointestinal condition, we have the skills and resources to help. Contact Bhatti GI today to set up your appointment at our Chaska or Edina clinics.

 

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The pancreas performs many essential functions that help the body absorb essential nutrients. When the pancreas breaks down, many issues can arise. In this article, we are going to discuss a few of the warning signs that you may be experiencing an issue with your pancreas.

Unexpected Weight Loss

If you’re losing a surprising amount of weight and all other factors are equal (i.e. you aren’t dieting or on an intense workout program), it may be a sign of pancreatic insufficiency.

Strange Looking Poop

Your pancreas has many functions, including helping the body digest fats and vitamins. When an issue arises with the pancreas, it can manifest in some strange looking poop. If you notice that your poop is pale, greasy, oily, or floats, it may be the sign of an issue. When these issues continue over time, it’s time to talk with your physician.

Abdominal Pain

Pain in your abdomen is a common symptom that could indicate a wide range of conditions – including pancreatitis or pancreas cancer. Determining the specifics of the abdominal pain can help you narrow down an underlying cause. If your pain appears suddenly in the middle of your stomach it may be a sign of pancreatitis. Conversely, if the pain radiates to your back or recurs over the course of weeks, it may be a sign of pancreas cancer.

Pancreas Doctor in Twin Cities

Pancreas issues can be quite serious and should be dealt with by an expert. Dr. Ahsan Bhatti is one of the most skilled gastroenterology experts in Minnesota – having performed more than 40,000 advanced procedures over the course of his two decades in practice. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at Bhatti GI Consultants. Our primary clinics are located in Chaska and Edina but we work with patients throughout the Twin Cities metro area.

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Feeling bloated is a fairly common symptom that most people will experience at some point in their lives. Most of the time, bloating is not cause for serious concern. But sometimes bloating can indicate a more serious underlying cause. In this article, we’re going to talk about how to recognize when bloating isn’t normal – and what to do about it!

Diarrhea & Stomach Pain

Bloating combined with diarrhea and chronic stomach pain may indicate an inflammatory bowel disease like Chron’s Disease or ulcerative colitis. These conditions cause inflammation in the digestive tract. These symptoms should be examined by a gastroenterologist, who can provide a full diagnosis and recommend treatment options.

Major Abdominal Cramps

If your bloating is coupled with intense pain in your abdomen that recurs over time, there may be something else going on under the surface. Pain in the lower left side of the stomach may indicate diverticulitis – an inflammation in the colon. Typical treatment for diverticulitis is prescription antibiotics, but dietary changes may also be required.

Weight Loss

If you are experiencing unexplained weight loss in addition to your bloating, there may also be a more sinister underlying condition. See your GI specialist for a full diagnosis of your condition and to discuss treatment options.

Gastroenterologist in Chaska, MN

If you are searching for a gastroenterologist in the Twin Cities area, look no further than Bhatti GI. Dr. Ahsan Bhatti is one of the most skilled gastroenterologists in the state of Minnesota and has performed more than 40,000 advanced procedures over the course of his two decades in practice. We aim to treat every single one of our patients with the respect and care they deserve. Contact Dr. Bhatti and his team today to schedule your appointment at one of our GI clinics – located in Edina and Chaska. 

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If you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, you’ve probably noticed that some things make the IBS worse. It’s important to note that IBS impacts each patient differently, but there are certain things that are likely to worsen IBS in most patients. In this article, we are going to talk about a few things that can make your Irritable Bowel Syndrome worse and how to avoid these things.

Diet

Your diet plays a big role in your Irritable Bowel Syndrome and its associated symptoms. Here are some types of food and drink that can increase your IBS symptoms:

  • Carbonated beverages
  • Large meals
  • Alcohol & caffeine
  • Processed foods
  • Dairy products

Stress & Anxiety

Your overall stress level can also contribute to IBS flare-ups. If you are experiencing increased stress at work or home, your IBS may get worse. To prevent this, make sure you are getting enough sleep and that you are eating well and exercising. Engage in daily activities that help you relax such as taking a walk, reading a book, or listening to music.

Drugs

Certain drugs can also intensify your IBS symptoms. Many antibiotics and antidepressants fall under this category. It’s a good idea to talk with your doctor to find an alternative medication if you are noticing a flare-up of IBS symptoms from your prescription medications.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Doctor in Edina

Dr. Ahsan Bhatti has twenty years of experience as a practicing physician and has performed more than 40,000 advanced procedures over that time period. With that level of experience, you can rest assured that you are in good hands. If you are experiencing a gastrointestinal issue, contact us today to set up an appointment with the team at Bhatti GI. Our primary clinics are located in Edina and Chaska, but we work with patients throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota.

 

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Ulcers come in many different forms – all of which can be painful. Determining which type of ulcer you are suffering from is the first step toward treatment. In this article, we are going to discuss a few of the most common types of ulcers and how to best treat each type.

Peptic Ulcer

Peptic ulcers are ulcers that develop in the stomach lining or small intestine. They are caused by an imbalance of digestive fluids – often the result of an infection of H. Pylori, or due to extensive use of anti-inflammatory medication. Peptic ulcers can cause heartburn, pain in the stomach, nausea, weight loss, and other symptoms. They can be effectively treated with medication – as prescribed by a gastroenterologist.

Duodenal Ulcer

Duodenal ulcers are a type of peptic ulcer that form in the upper small intestine. The most common symptom of a duodenal ulcer is pain in the mid to upper stomach region, especially if this pain intensifies when the stomach is empty or if the pain wakes you up in the middle of the night.

Esophageal Ulcer

Esophageal ulcers are ulcers that develop inside of the esophagus. These ulcers can typically be treated with changes to lifestyle and diet, coupled with certain medications and other treatments.

Gastroenterologist in MN

For the past twenty years, Dr. Ahsan Bhatti has been treating patients suffering from all kinds of gastrointestinal problems. Dr. Bhatti has performed more than 40,000 advanced procedures over the course of his time as a practicing physician. That makes him one of the most experienced gastroenterologists in the entire state of Minnesota. Contact us today to set up your appointment at one of the Bhatti GI Clinics (located in Chaska and Edina). We provide GI care to patients throughout the Twin Cities metro area.

 

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Acid reflux and GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) are serious conditions that can cause a variety of painful symptoms. In this article, we are going to talk about some of the less common and stranger signs that you are experiencing acid reflux or GERD.

Excess Saliva

Excessive amounts of saliva in the mouth after a meal can indicate acid reflux. When the salivary glands detect an irritant in the mouth, they begin producing saliva. So if you have bile re-entering your esophagus and mouth – it’s no surprise that you may have extra saliva.

Pneumonia

When a person suffers from acid reflux, stomach acid enters other areas of the body where it shouldn’t be. Most often, this means the esophagus. However, stomach acid can also enter the lungs and cause pneumonia.

Bitter Taste

If you often experience a bitter taste in your mouth that’s not associated with any food or liquid you just consumed, this is a classic sign of acid reflux. The stomach acid that re-enters the esophagus can taste quite bitter.

Swallowing Problems

Difficulty swallowing may also indicate a diagnosis of GERD. Over time, acid reflux can lead to a narrowing of the throat due to scarring. This can make it much more difficult to swallow.

Gastroenterology Clinics in MN

At Bhatti GI, we focus on providing unparalleled and compassionate care to each and every patient that walks through our doors. If you are suffering from a gastrointestinal condition, we are here to help you recover. Over the past two decades, Dr. Bhatti has performed more than 40,000 advanced gastrointestinal procedures – making him one of the most experienced gastro doctors in the state of Minnesota. Contact us today to set up an appointment at one of our Twin Cities GI clinics – located in Edina and Chaska.

 

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