It might be time for a colonoscopy if you are age 45 or older or have a family history of colon cancer. Colonoscopies are also helpful in diagnosing the cause of gastrointestinal problems, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. The experienced gastroenterologists at Riverdale Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases in Bronx, NY, can determine if it’s time for a colonoscopy.
The Colonoscopy Procedure
A colonoscopy is a non-surgical procedure for examining the lining of the colon. The procedure allows the gastroenterologist to view the interior of the colon and check for polyps and other abnormalities that could be an indication of colon cancer or a gastrointestinal disorder, such as ulcerative colitis.
The procedure is performed using a colonoscope, which is a thin, flexible tube with a small video camera on the end. The colonoscope is first inserted into the body through the anus and then gently guided through the colon. The camera at the end of the colonoscope transmits live video of the colon’s interior. If suspicious growths are detected, the colonoscope can be used to extract a sample for biopsy.
When a Colonoscopy is Needed
There are several reasons for having a colonoscopy performed. The highly skilled gastroenterologists at our practice in Bronx, NY, can determine if a colonoscopy is needed in your case. In general, all adults should undergo their first colonoscopy around age 45. Men and women with a family history of colon cancer should have their first one at age 40.
A colonoscopy might also be recommended for adults of any age who are experiencing certain gastrointestinal symptoms, including:
- Abdominal pain
- Chronic diarrhea
- Rectal bleeding
- Persistent constipation
- Unexpected weight loss
- Recurring intestinal issues
These symptoms could be a sign of a gastrointestinal disorder, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. A colonoscopy helps the doctor make an accurate diagnosis so an appropriate treatment plan can be developed for you.
A colonoscopy is the most effective way to detect colon cancer or diagnose a gastrointestinal disorder. Schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable gastroenterologists to find out if it’s time for a colonoscopy by contacting Riverdale Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases in Bronx, NY. Call (718) 543-3636 for the Riverdale office or (718) 548-7900 for our Broadway location.
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease associated with abdominal pain, stomach cramping, and other symptoms. It is a chronic condition with no cure, but various treatments are available for keeping symptoms under control. The experienced gastroenterologists at Riverdale Gastroenterology & Liver Disease in Bronx, NY, diagnose and treat Crohn’s disease. They can develop an individualized treatment plan to help you manage your specific symptoms and feel your best.
Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease
Crohn’s disease is associated with inflammation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which extends from the mouth all the way to the anus. Any portion of the GI tract can become inflamed with Crohn’s, but the small intestine is affected most often. Patients with Crohn’s disease can experience several gastrointestinal symptoms, including:
- Stomach cramps
- Abdominal pain
- Chronic diarrhea
- Rectal bleeding
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
The symptoms of Crohn’s can range from fairly mild to extremely severe. When symptoms are severe, they can be debilitating and prevent someone from carrying out their normal daily routine due to extensive pain and discomfort. However, patients can also go several months without experiencing any major symptoms. Yet, symptoms can flare up again down the road.
Treatments for Crohn’s Disease
Diagnosing Crohn’s can involve various tests, such as a colonoscopy. Once the condition is formally diagnosed, a customized treatment plan can be developed. There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, but the symptoms can be managed with treatment. The right approach to managing your Crohn’s disease can reduce or prevent flare-ups and help you feel your best. An individualized treatment plan developed by one of the skilled gastroenterologists at our office in Bronx, NY, might include any of the following:
- Nutritional changes and dietary modifications to avoid foods that aggravate symptoms
- Medications for reducing inflammation and minimizing abdominal pain, cramping, and other symptoms
- Combination therapy with biologics or immunomodulator medications to increase treatment effectiveness
- Surgery to correct fistulas or remove intestinal obstructions and diseased tissue
Crohn’s disease cannot be cured and can cause extensive discomfort when symptoms flare up. Fortunately, several highly effective treatment approaches are available for helping you manage and minimize symptoms. For help managing your Crohn’s, schedule an appointment with one of our gastroenterologists by calling Riverdale Gastroenterology & Liver Disease in Bronx, NY, at (718) 543-3636. We also have an office on Broadway that can be reached at (718) 548-7900.
Have a question for our Riverdale Gastroenterology & Liver Disease gastroenterologist? We are here to answer some of your most popular questions.
The GI tract can be rather confusing sometimes. You may be dealing with stomach cramps or have trouble with heartburn. If so, you may end up coming up with a laundry list of questions for our GI doctor. Well, now we are here to provide you with some of the answers you’ve been looking for.
Q. Why should I see a gastroenterologist?
A. If you’ve talked to your family physician about some of the gastrointestinal issues you’ve been experiencing (e.g. heartburn; diarrhea; abdominal pain), then chances are good that your doctor will refer you to a gastroenterologist. You may also want to visit us if you have a family history of colon cancer or if you are over the age of 50 (to start getting routine colon cancer screenings).
Q. What problems can a gastroenterologist treat?
A. As you probably already know, a gastroenterologist is a medical professional who specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions of the gastrointestinal system as well as digestive organs. This includes everything from the esophagus and stomach to the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.
Q. Should I get a colonoscopy from my gastroenterologist?
A. Any man or woman over the age of 50 should start getting routine colonoscopies. If results come back normal, then you may not need to come in for another colonoscopy for another 10 years. Of course, if you have a family history of colon cancer, if you are African American or you have other risk factors, then we may determine that you should come in more regularly and earlier for screenings.
Q. What are some ways to treat heartburn?
A. While some people may be able to remedy their heartburn by taking an over-the-counter medication, if these medications aren’t doing the trick then it’s time you turned to us for a prescription medication that could help reduce flare-ups. Of course, avoiding acidic or spicy foods and eating smaller portions can also help reduce your heartburn symptoms.
Q. How can I prevent colon cancer?
A. There are many easy lifestyle changes you can make to improve your health and reduce your chances of colon cancer including limiting alcohol consumption, quitting smoking, eating a healthy balanced diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight. Everyone, no matter their risk level, should be screened for colon cancer.
If you have any other questions that we didn’t address here, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give your Riverdale Gastroenterology & Liver Disease gastroenterologist in Bronx, NY a call. If you need to sit down and talk to us, we would be happy to schedule a consultation for you.
Hemorrhoids occur when the veins around the anus or lower rectum become swollen, which can cause pain, itching and discomfort. The experienced doctors at Riverdale Gastroenterology & Liver Disease are your gastroenterologists for the treatment of hemorrhoids in Bronx, NY.
Causes of Hemorrhoids
There are some conditions or situations that are associated with an increased risk of developing hemorrhoids. Straining during bowel movements can result in swollen veins around the anus or lower rectum. Chronic constipation, sitting for an extended length of time also increases the likelihood of developing hemorrhoids. During pregnancy, women are more susceptible to developing hemorrhoids.
Treatments for Hemorrhoids
There are several treatments for hemorrhoids. Although, they do sometimes resolve themselves on their own when left untreated. However, treating hemorrhoids is best to prevent them from getting worse. Additionally, many treatments can alleviate the itching, pain and discomfort associated with hemorrhoids. One treatment option is to undergo a medical procedure, such as rubber band ligation, to reduce the size of hemorrhoids. Another option is to have them completely removed. Such procedures are performed in the office by a gastroenterologist.
Aside from undergoing medical procedures, there are several hemorrhoid treatments that can be administered at home. Increasing your fiber intake can help by softening stools so there is less irritation during bowel movements. Soaking in a warm bath or applying a cold compress can alleviate discomfort by reducing swelling. Speak to your Bronx gastroenterologist about the hemorrhoid treatment options that are right for you.
For treatment of hemorrhoids in the Bronx area, schedule an appointment at Riverdale Gastroenterology & Liver Disease. Call (718) 543-3636 for the office on Riverdale Ave or (718) 548-7900 for the office on Broadway.
Hepatitis is a medical condition that causes liver inflammation in patients. It is often acquired or caused by drug use, certain medications, herbal toxins, alcohol or other health issues. A virus is often responsible for it. There are three common types of viral hepatitis including A, B & C. Hepatitis in Bronx, NY, can be examined by the professionals at Riverdale Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases.
More about Types of Hepatitis
Hepatitis A is the most contagious and can be spread from person to person. This form causes a mild infection and many individuals don’t even know they have it. It oftentimes goes away on its own without causing long-term organ damage to the liver itself but is usually contracted through food or water.
Next, Hepatitis B causes milder symptoms for a short period of time before it resolves itself. The infection can become chronic and lead to liver failure or even cancer. This form of hepatitis is spread through unprotected sex and contact with bodily fluids or blood. This type of hepatitis in Bronx should be treated immediately.
Hepatitis C generally is a virus that stays with a patient for the rest of their life. It can cause liver failure and cancer, just like B can. It is transmitted through blood such as through sharing needles.
While symptoms don’t always appear right away, some of the most common Hepatitis symptoms include:
- Stomach pain
- Lack of appetite
- Low-grade fever
Sometimes years can pass before a patient experiences symptoms leading to their diagnosis.
In terms of treatment, hepatitis A almost always goes away on its own, however, both B and C require monitoring and treatment. This makes these types of hepatitis important to be treated by our professionals at Riverdale Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases. To schedule an important appointment with our team, call our Bronx, NY, office today.
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