We are pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Sumanth Daram to our group. Dr. Daram is a well trained Board Certified Gastroenterologist with advanced endoscopy training in therapeutic endoscopy. He also gained additional experience while serving as Associate Professor and Director of Advanced Endoscopy at Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Daram is skilled and experienced in Endoscopic Ultrasound, ERCP, Enteral Stenting, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Device Assisted Enteroscopy and Radiofrequency Ablation in addition to all routine GI endoscopy procedures.
Dr. Daram is available to see patients at our Ellington and Pearland office. He will provide inpatient consults at Memorial Hermann Pearland, Memorial Hermann Southeast and HCA Pearland Medical Center.
For more information about Dr. Daram please click the link: https://www.gastroconsultants.com/sumanth-r-daram-m-d-f-a-c-p
Dr. Daram at a glance:
- Board Certified Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology
- Associate Professor of Medicine, 2013-2017,Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
- Fellowship in Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy, 2012-2013Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
- Fellowship in Gastroenterology, 2009-2012,University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS
- Internal Medicine Residency, 2001-2004,St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
- Medical Degree, 1993-1998, Osmania Medical College, India
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We thank you for your patience as we transition our Pearland Office location. Our new location at Pearland Surgery Center and Medical Plaza is still under construction, as we want to offer our patients the best and most up-to-date office facilities. We will do our best to keep you updated with any changes in dates. As of now please note:
We are still seeing patients for clinic and office visits at the Memorial Hermann building. Located at 10905 Memorial Hermann Ste. 211 Pearland, Texas 77584
Beginning January 1, 2013 we will be moving our clinic and office visits to Pearland Surgery Center and Medical Plaza. Located at 15015 Kirby Dr. Pearland, Texas 77047
We have begun performing our endoscopy procedures at Pearland Surgery Center. Located at 15015 Kirby Dr. Pearland, Texas 77047
Please feel free to call our office with any questions or concerns. Our staff and adminstration are here to serve you and answer any questions you may have.
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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.
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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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