FM 1959/Dixie Farm Rd Overpass Under Construction

Beginning July 20, 2012 the FM 1959/Dixie Farm Rd. Overpass will be under construction. Thus, all people needing to get to our main office will need to take an alternate route. Please see attachement below for map and directions.

Construction map

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Acid Reflux Causes and Preventative Measures – Dr. Michel Kafrouni

Acid Reflux

By Michel Kafrouni, M.D.
Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine

Everyone will experience acid reflux at least once in their lifetime. Around a third of Americans experience heartburn -the most common symptom of acid reflux- on a regular basis. A large percentage of those patients with acid reflux go untreated and even undiagnosed leading to serious future complications. Educating ones-self on heartburn and acid reflux may help answer a lot of pending questions regarding the disease, its causes and how to prevent it.
Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), acid reflux, heartburn, peptic esophagitis, reflux esophagitis are all synonyms for the same disease called GERD. Normally, the food passes from the throat to the stomach through the esophagus. A ring of muscle fibers prevents food from moving backward into the esophagus. These muscle fibers are called the lower esophageal sphincter, or LES. Gastroesophageal reflux occurs when the LES is weak or relaxes inappropriately allowing the stomach’s contents to flow up into the esophagus. The lining of the esophagus is not equipped to deal with the acidic stomach content leading to inflammation (esophagitis) that will translate into heartburn indigestion and swallowing difficulties. Down the line the chronic inflammation will cause mucosal progression into Barrett’s esophagus a precancerous lesion leading to esophageal cancer if not treated.

Heartburn is the most common symptom of GERD. Other symptoms are also common like the following:

  • Chest pain
  • Hoarseness or sore throat
  • Trouble swallowing or feeling like      your food is stuck
  • Frequent burping
  • Burning in the back of your throat
  • Bitter or acid taste on your mouth

If you have one or more of the above symptoms then you need to discuss them with your physician to get early evaluation and treatment.
The battle to beat GERD starts with basic preventive measures that include dietary changes such as avoiding reflux inducing foods like spicy and greasy foods, carbonated and caffeinated drinks as well as citrus and tomato based products (an extensive list of those products can be obtained from your physician’s office). Life style changes are essential in the fight against GERD these changes include losing weight (5 % of total body weight or more is recommended), fasting for 3 hours before going to sleep, avoiding smoking and alcohol, and elevating the head of the bed are all important steps towards controlling the symptoms. For many people, living with acid reflux doesn’t have to be a constant battle.
Even if the above mentioned dietary and life style changes did not provide relief then resorting to medical and even surgical therapy can achieve successful control of GERD symptoms in the great majority of patients.
If you are suffering from constant symptoms of acid reflux, visit your gastroenterologist for possible treatment options. Log on to www.gastroconsultants.com to find a location near you.

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March 2012 Physician Newsletter

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Dear Colleague,

We are very excited to bring you the first issue of our quarterly newsletter ‘The Gastroenterologist’ from our group, Gastroenterology Consultants. We hope to bring to you some of the most exciting and newest developments in gastroenterology. This will be available in print and also electronic format. Fittingly our inaugural issue will focus on colon cancer prevention as March is ‘Colon Cancer Awareness Month’.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support to me and my partners in the past many years. Thank you for placing your trust in us as we have endeavored to provide the best care to your patients.

We hope you find this newsletter interesting and informative.

Dr. Natarajan Bala

Foundering Member

Gastroenterology Consultants, PA

 

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CRH O’Reagan System for Hemorrhoids by Dr. Jignesh Shah MD

by Dr. Jignesh Shah MD

According to the NIDDK, hemorrhoids affect more than half the population by the age of 50. Taking into consideration there are over 300 million people living in the U.S. today, knowing even half that number of people are affected is staggering.  Raising awareness of what Hemorrhoids are and how they can be prevented are some of the goals as a gastroenterologist.

A hemorrhoid is a swollen blood vessel in the lower rectum caused by increased pressure or strain. Possible causes are due to prolong sitting,  straining, pregnancy, chronic constipation, diarrhea, anal intercourse or aging.  The origin of all hemorrhoids are internal, however when more severe, they can extend through the anus (Prolapsed Hemorrhoids) becoming painful and irritated and can result in a thrombosed external hemorrhoid.  These are not life threatening but if left untreated can cause discomfort and pain. Most people have no symptoms, although some signs to look for are bright red blood covering the stool, on toilet paper, or in the toilet bowl. It’s important you get evaluated by a gastroenterologist if you experience signs of hemorrhoids as bleeding can also be a sign of colorectal cancer.

At Gastroenterology Consultants, PA we provide an easy and simple non-surgical Hemorrhoid Removal system called CRH O’Reagan System. This procedure can be done during a regular office visit and takes as little as 60 seconds. The hemorrhoid typically falls off within a day or so and this technique has been found to be 99.1% effective. There is no surgery and no recovery time. You don’t have miss work, no medications are needed, and no painful banding tools are used.

In the event that you experience discomfort from a hemorrhoid and are unable to see a physician in a timely manner, below are easy steps that can be taken for temporary relief.

Measures to reduced symptoms are as follows:

  • Warm baths several times a day in plain water (sitz baths)
  • Application of hemorrhoid cream
  • Ice packs to reduce swelling

Preventing the re-occurrence or occurrence of hemorrhoids can easily be taken by making sure to include the right amount of fiber, water, and exercise in your daily routine.  Good sources of fiber are vegetables (dark green), fruits, and whole grains. Speak with your doctor about fiber supplements that aid in creating a softer and bulkier stool.

Call Gastroenterology Consultants at (281) 481-9400 or fill out our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your consultation with us.

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Gastroenterology Consultants, P.A. Philosophy

Our Philosophy

At Gastroenterology Consultants, P.A., we are dedicated to the special needs of patients with problems related to the digestive track. It is our goal to provide the highest quality care that is both convenient and cost effective. We offer comprehensive consultations and evaluations for all gastroenterology related diseases and problems, including esophagus, stomach, small intestines, as well as the liver, pancreas and colon.

For top-quality, up-to-date care for gastrointestinal problems, trust the board-certified, experienced GI specialists trusted by thousands of patients and their doctors for nearly 30 years. Call Gastroenterology Consultants at (281) 481-9400 or fill out our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your consultation with us.

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About Gastroenterology Consultants, P.A.

The compassion & personal attention you deserve.

We believe caring is essential to excellent healthcare, and it shows. We provide the personal care and attention we would want for ourselves and our loved ones and we take great pride in treating everyone with the kindness, honesty and respect they deserve. We believe this is a big part of why so many patients have placed their trust in us and have referred their family and friends for the past three decades.

Gastroenterology Consultants offers colonoscopy screening for colorectal cancer, EGD & capsule endoscopy small-bowel, endoscopic ultrasound, Bravo 48-hour pH monitoring, H. pylori breath testing, esophageal manometry and impedance testing, hemorrhoid band ligation, esophageal dilatation, advanced therapeutic ERCP, Remicade® infusion therapy, treatment of Barrett’s esophagus, electrohydrolic lithotripsy of CBD stones and endoscopic mucosal resection.

For top-quality, up-to-date care for gastrointestinal problems, trust the board-certified, experienced GI specialists trusted by thousands of patients and their doctors for nearly 30 years. Call Gastroenterology Consultants at (281) 481-9400 or fill out our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your consultation with us.

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