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Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoid Treatment in East Meadow, NY 

Hemorrhoids are a big pain in the butt, literally. They are particularly frustrating to manage because they’re located in a place that you use very often. If you have recurring issues with hemorrhoids, take the time to learn more about what causes them, how you can treat them and how to avoid them altogether.

What Are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are painful veiny lumps that develop around the anus. They form due to pressure on the veins around the rectum and pelvis area. You can have either external or internal hemorrhoids (or both). Internal hemorrhoids develop inside of the anus, while external ones grow outside of the opening. Both are extremely painful. You can clearly tell when you have external hemorrhoids because you can see or feel them bulging from the anal area. If you see blood, or mucus, in your stool or the toilet after going to the bathroom, that is a possible sign of internal hemorrhoids.

Blood in Stool

Blood in the stool after a bowel movement is actually more common than you think. Most causes of rectal bleeding are not a threat. Common cases include hemorrhoids and anal fissures, but the only way to be certain of the cause is to call our office.

Essentially, most rectal bleeding is a not-so-serious problem that was mentioned above, but blood in the stool can also be cause by cancerous or precancerous conditions. Precancerous polyps near the end of the colon can mimic bleeding from hemorrhoids and are generally present in the colon for years before they become cancerous.

Causes

Straining when having a bowel movement mostly causes hemorrhoids. Pushing hard to expel feces causes those veins to enlarge and become swollen. So if you have ongoing issues with constipation, this could be a chronic issue. Having a baby can also cause hemorrhoids because the mother must strain to push out her baby. Sitting for long periods of time in an uncomfortable position, such as on a rock or the cement, could also put undue pressure on the anal muscles, causing hemorrhoids.

Side Effects

While hemorrhoids do not usually present a serious medical concern, they can cause a number of negative side effects related to the pain. Knowing that a bowel movement will be painful could make you avoid moving your bowels regularly. Also, just sitting at a desk for work could become more of a chore than you ever imagine.

Treatments

An over-the-counter or prescribed hemorrhoid cream is the usual solution for hemorrhoids. The cream slowly reduces the swelling. In more serious situations, a doctor may have to place bands at the base of the protruding veins to reduce their size slowly or perform a surgery. A hemorrhoidectomy is the traditional surgery, where the tissue is removed while a hemorrhoidopexy staples the tissue in a particular position so that hemorrhoids no longer form around the anus.

Have a Comfortable Seat

You may be able to manage most hemorrhoid pain without going to the doctor with natural solutions. Try sitting in a bath of warm water (also called a sitz bath) for about a half an hour. Do not sit on hard surfaces or even on chairs that are firm — sit on a pillow or a doughnut. If possible, do not sit at all — lay down on your side instead while dealing with a hemorrhoid. Avoid straining when going to the bathroom and to avoid future problems with constipation, eat foods high in fiber and exercise more.

Visit your gastroenterologist for further diagnosis and treatment of your hemorrhoids.

For more information on Hemorrhoid Treatment in the East Meadow, NY area call DigestiveCare NY at 516-307-0980 today!

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Acid Reflux

Acid Reflux

Acid Reflux in East Meadow, NY 

Do you have symptoms of acid reflux that make the moments after each meal something to be wary about? If so, you’re not alone, as many Americans today are afflicted with acid reflux disease and its many painful symptoms.

Acid reflux is characterized typically by heartburn, which is the irritated feeling in your esophagus created by acid jumping back up into it from your stomach. Acid reflux also includes regurgitation, the physical manifestation of that stomach acid flowing up into your esophagus. These symptoms are not something that should be ignored– particularly because it’s often a sign of an underlying condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This can lead to various health complications including:

  • heartburn
  • esophagitis
  • ulcers
  • difficulty swallowing
  • esophageal spasms
  • greater risk of esophageal cancer

But at DigestiveCare NY, your gastrointestinal health can find the full effects of consistent, long-term care under the trusted techniques of the helpful physicians on site. They understand the causes and cures of acid reflux and GERD as a whole.

Some of the other leading symptoms of acid reflux include:

  • heartburn
  • esophagitis
  • ulcers
  • difficulty swallowing
  • esophageal spasms
  • greater risk of esophageal cancer

While the severity of patients’ GERD symptoms has to do with their lower esophageal sphincter dysfunctions, treating this surprisingly common condition can be accomplished in most cases through diet modifications and healthy eating.

If you’re one of the more than seven million Americans today suffering from GERD symptoms or are worried about your gastroesophageal health due to frequent acid reflux, then give one of the professional gastroenterologists at DigestiveCare NY a call today at 516-307-0980. Get lasting digestive relief available in East Meadow, NY!

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Endoscopy

Endoscopy

Endoscopy in East Meadow, NY 

An upper endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure in which a gastroenterologist uses a device with a light attached to it for examining inside the human body. An endoscopy requires the use of an endoscope, which is used for different types of exams, including the following list (titled according to the area of the body):

  • Arthroscope – looks within the joints
  • Bronchoscope – looks within the airways and lungs
  • Cystoscope – looks inside the bladder
  • Laparoscope – looks inside the appendix, abdominal organs and ovaries

To examine the digestive tract, a gastroenterologist will use a gastrointestinal endoscope.

How does an endoscopy work?

According to MedlinePlus, an endoscope is passed through a natural body opening or small cut. Getting inside the digestive tract requires a gastroenterologist to pass the endoscope through the mouth or anus.

When should a patient get an upper endoscopy?

A doctor may recommend an endoscopy when a patient complains of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Stomach pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea

There may be other variables as well that will determine whether a endoscopy is needed.

How does a patient prepare for an endoscopy?

It depends on what the gastroenterologist is looking for. Typically, a patient may be instructed not to eat or drink before the procedure. Laxatives may also be used to help clear out the large intestine.

Preparation may vary depending on what the endoscopy is for. In some cases, a doctor may need to attach a small instrument to the endoscope for the ability to extract samples of abnormal tissues. An endoscope can also be paired with an ultrasound probe, which is formally called an endoscopic ultrasound.

For more information on a Endoscopy in the East Meadow, NY area call DigestiveCare NY at 516-307-0980 today!

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Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy in East Meadow, NY

A colonoscopy allows your gastroenterologist to examine the lining of your large intestine (colon) for abnormalities by inserting a thin flexible tube, as thick as your finger, into your anus and slowly advancing the tube into your rectum and colon.  This instrument is called a colonscope, and it has its own lens and light source that allows your gastroenterologist to view images on a video monitor.

When to get a Colonoscopy?

Typically, a colonoscopy is recommended as a screening test for colorectal cancer, which is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Approximately 150,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed in the United States and 50,000 people die from the disease. A colonoscopy might be recommended to evaluate for symptoms such as bleeding and chronic diarrhea.

To prepare for your colonoscopy, your gastroenterologist will inform you of what dietary restrictions are needed and what cleansing routine will be used. In general, the preparation consists of limiting your diet to clear liquids the day before and consuming either a large volume of a special cleansing solution or special oral laxatives. Your colon must be completely clean before the procedure is completed, so that results are accurate and comprehensive. Be sure to follow your gastroenterologist’s instructions carefully. 

For more information on a Colonoscopy in the East Meadow, NY area call DigestiveCare NY at 516-307-0980 today!

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Gastroenterology needs

Gastroenterology needs

Gastroenterologists in East Meadow, NY

Do you have persistent pain in your stomach that causes you to keel over every so often? How about runny bowels that get loosed from your system at inconvenient times in inconvenient places? Or maybe you’re just too gassy and it offends your family and friends?

Whatever your digestive system issue is, did you know that you can find full relief with DigestiveMedicalCare of Long Island? That’s because expert gastroenterologists on site make it their mission to soothe every upset tummy and non-compliant bowel system that comes their way!

A gastroenterologist is a professional physician who has specialized expertise in the management of issues involving the gastrointestinal tract and liver. Most often, that means problems stemming from the digestive system, which begins in the esophagus and extends through the stomach, small intestine, and colon, before ending in the rectum, while also including the pancreas, gallbladder, and liver along the way!

Expert gastroenterologists abound at DigestiveMedicalCare of Long Island, and have spent decades unveiling the secrets behind the physiological and biological aspects of a disrupted gastrointestinal system, including the motility of material through the digestive tract along with the understanding of normal digestion and absorption processes that should take place.

Some of the more common symptoms that patients seek the aid of gastroenterologists for include:

  • colon polyps
  • cancer of the gastrointestinal tract
  • hepatitis
  • gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn)
  • peptic ulcer disease
  • colitis
  • gallbladder and biliary tract disease
  • persistent nutritional problems
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • pancreatitis

If you or a loved one is suffering from any of the above symptoms or others that are centered between the esophagus and the rectum, then give one of the helpful gastroenterologists at DigestiveMedicalCare of Long Island a call today and find total relief from digestive discomfort by dialing 516-307-0980. After all, achieving the happiest (and healthiest!) tummies is never far away here in East Meadow, NY!

For more information on our Gastroenterologists in the East Meadow, NY area call DigestiveMedicalCare of Long Island at 516-307-0980 today!