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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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Have you been putting off your screening colonoscopy because you don’t want to miss work? Do you hate the thought of using your hard-earned vacation or PTO days for a procedure?

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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 fear 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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Did you realize that some major insurance plans are no longer covering your colonoscopy or upper endoscopy at a hospital? Insurance companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield are requiring that colonoscopies and EGD’s take place at a free-standing surgery center, or ambulatory surgery center (ASC).

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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. Below are some of the most common signs of colon cancer.

 

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.

 

Call Your Gastroenterologist

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.  Bhatti GI has clinics in Edina and Chaska and always promises to get patients in within a week.  Bhatti GI performs most colonoscopies at Bhatti Surgery Center, a safe, clean, convenient alternative to hospitals.  Don't put your health in jeopardy; call Bhatti GI today.

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Have you been putting off your screening colonoscopy because you don’t want to miss work? Do you hate the thought of using your hard-earned vacation or PTO days for a procedure?

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Most people have a general understanding of what a colonoscopy is, but many have no idea when they should get one. The truth is that colonoscopies can be helpful in a variety of situations. In this article, we are going to talk about how to determine when it’s time to schedule a colonoscopy.

Colonoscopy Procedure

First, let’s talk briefly about the colonoscopy procedure itself and why it’s important. A colonoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which a colonoscope (a small tube with a camera attached) is inserted into the patient’s colon. The procedure can be performed as a preventative measure (to detect and prevent colon cancer, for example), or to investigate the cause of a specific symptom, such as:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Blood in the stool
  • Diarrhea
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Abnormalities found on x-rays or CT scans

 

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, a colonoscopy may be a good diagnostic tool for determining the root cause of the symptoms you are experiencing.

Preventative Colonoscopy

Even if you are not experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, a colonoscopy may still be useful as a preventative measure. Typically, it’s a good rule of thumb to schedule a colonoscopy for colon cancer screening starting at age 50, and every 10 years after that if no abnormalities are discovered. If the initial colonoscopy reveals any polyps or other abnormalities, follow up colonoscopies may be recommended every 5-10 years.

If you have a family history of colon cancer, it may be a good idea to schedule your colonoscopy before you turn 50 as a preventative measure.

Schedule Your Colonoscopy Today!

 

If you have any questions about when to schedule your colonoscopy, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today at Bhatti GI. Contact Bhatti GI today to schedule your colonoscopy procedure. 952-368-3800.

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Have you been putting off your screening colonoscopy because you don’t want to miss work? Do you hate the thought of using your hard-earned vacation or PTO days for a procedure?

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Did you realize that some major insurance plans are no longer covering your colonoscopy or upper endoscopy at a hospital? Insurance companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield are requiring that colonoscopies and EGD’s take place at a free-standing surgery center, or ambulatory surgery center (ASC).

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Diagnosing GERD

Before determining the best course of treatment for your GERD, it’s essential to get an accurate diagnosis from a qualified medical professional. This is true for any condition. If you don’t know the specifics of the underlying cause of your condition, you can’t hope to treat it effectively. Diagnosing GERD begins with a physical examination, coupled with a review of your medical history. Your doctor will likely ask you a variety of questions to determine what’s triggering your symptoms. Perhaps it’s a particular type of spicy food, for example. This will help your physician get a better understanding of your situation. 

In some cases, endoscopic or upper GI testing may be required to solidify a diagnosis. An upper GI series is a diagnostic x-ray that gives the physician a good view of the esophagus, stomach, and the upper part of the small intestine. This test is more helpful in ruling out other potential underlying causes (like peptic ulcers) rather than solidifying an exact diagnosis of GERD. 

Treatment Options

Once your physician has determined that GERD is the cause of your symptoms, you can begin to discuss treatment options. Effective treatment methods will vary from patient to patient. What works for one may not work for another. Your GI doctor, who has a full understanding of your condition and associated factors, will be able to make a recommendation as to the best course of treatment. 

Depending on your unique situation, treatment options for GERD may include any of the following:

  • Lifestyle and dietary change
  • Weight loss
  • Quit smoking
  • Medications (antacids, proton pump inhibitor, H2 blockers, etc.)
  • Surgery

Treatment typically begins with conservative options like lifestyle and dietary changes. For example, if you notice that a certain food is causing your GERD symptoms to flare up, avoid eating that food. Spicy foods, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and fatty foods are common culprits of acid reflux flare-ups. Additionally, not eating 2-3 hours prior to sleep can also decrease symptoms.

GERD Doctor in Minneapolis Area

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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 45. Here are five reasons why:

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Did you realize that some major insurance plans are no longer covering your colonoscopy or upper endoscopy at a hospital? Insurance companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield are requiring that colonoscopies and EGD’s take place at a free-standing surgery center, or ambulatory surgery center (ASC).

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Did you realize that some major insurance plans are no longer covering your colonoscopy or upper endoscopy at a hospital? Insurance companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield are requiring that colonoscopies and EGD’s take place at a free-standing surgery center, or ambulatory surgery center (ASC).

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That little “tummy ache” could be attributed to eating too much or too fast, but it could also be a sign of a more serious health problem. In this article, we take a look at the possible causes of stomach pain after eating.

Over Eating

Stomach pain is often caused by simply eating your food too quickly. When you overeat, you might not take the time to chew through your food properly and you might notice that the food generally disappears from your plate very quickly. Take your time and chew slowly when you eat.

Food Intolerances

It is estimated that nearly 20% of the population is intolerant or sensitive to certain foods. Stomach pain and cramping are common symptoms of food intolerances or sensitivities, which are often associated with dairy, gluten, nuts, yeast, and tomatoes.

Food Allergies

Dairy products, nuts, eggs, peanut butter, soy, corn, wheat, and gluten are common food allergies that can cause symptoms such as stomach pain. A food elimination diet or an allergen-specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibody test can be conducted to determine whether you are allergic to a particular food or substance.

Celiac Disease

Stomach pain is a common symptom of celiac disease. The condition is characterized by gluten sensitivity. People with celiac disease will immediately react to a specific protein found in gluten called gliadin—it is found in wheat, rye, barley, spelt and oats.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

This is a common gastrointestinal disorder that affects approximately 15% of the population. Some symptoms include gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, cramping, abdominal pain, or stomach pain after eating. Candida, food allergies, and food sensitivities are also associated with irritable bowel syndrome.

Pancreatitis

Stomach pain after eating can also indicate pancreatitis, especially when the pain lasts for over six hours. Pancreatitis is known as pancreas inflammation. People with pancreatitis will experience pain that begins around the upper abdomen; the pain will then spread to the back. Other pancreatitis symptoms include fever, nausea, and vomiting.

Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis is a condition where pouches in the colon become inflamed from bacteria. The pouches are also known as cysts or diverticula. Some symptoms include fever, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, nausea, bowel habit changes, and cramping pain, especially around the lower left area of the abdomen. Stomach pain after eating is also common.

Intestinal Obstruction

When there is a blockage in your colon or small intestine, it can be difficult for foods to be digested properly. When you eat too fast, large pieces of food may not be broken down. A hernia or tumor can also lead to intestinal obstruction.

Chronic Candida

Abdominal pain can also be a symptom of chronic candida—a condition also known as yeast overgrowth. Other common symptoms associated with candida include chronic fatigue, bloating, gas, and depression.

Heartburn

Heartburn is also sometimes referred to as acid reflux, or acid indigestion. Heartburn is the result of too little stomach acid, and it can produce burning chest pain after eating. The pain may only last a few minutes, or up to several hours. Stomach pain after eating can also be attributed to gallstones, eating spicy foods, a stomach flu, lactose intolerance, food poisoning, appendicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, Crohn’s disease, and peptic ulcers. Stomach pain after eating may also be the result of a blocked blood vessel.

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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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