In the COVID-19 era, personal protection equipment (PPE) is needed now more than ever. These essential pieces of equipment help protect frontline healthcare workers from the dangers of the virus, as well as other hazards of the healthcare field. [Read more…]
It’s a common occurrence: A patient comes in complaining of GI distress. Perhaps they or their child are experiencing heartburn, constipation, and abdominal pain or bloating. Upon diagnosis, you find no evidence of a disease or disorder that could cause these very real symptoms. In fact, the patient’s tests all come back normal.
Understandably, the patient may be confused. Surely their symptoms are a sign of something more serious? Explaining to them the difference between a functional and structural gastrointestinal disorder can help put them at ease and answer any questions they may have. [Read more…]
Even if a patient does not have a family history of colorectal cancer, colorectal screening is one of the most powerful tools we as doctors have against the disease. Both men and women should get screened for colorectal cancer, as cancer that develops from polyps can take as many as 15 years to develop. [Read more…]
Inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome are terms that are often use interchangeably by patients when they are, in fact, two different sets of conditions. As a gastroenterologist, you should educate patients about the differences between the two to avoid confusion when they are in your office for treatment. [Read more…]
To many kids, going to the doctor can be scary, especially if they suffer from uncomfortable conditions such as hemorrhoids. The fear of the unknown as well as fears from previous doctor visits can contribute to stress and anxiety for children. To help allay these fears, communicating correctly with children will help you treat them efficiently and establish trust. [Read more…]
A colorectal specialist is a doctor who specialized in disorders and diseases of the colon, rectum, and anus. In the past, these doctors were called proctologists but the term has fallen out of use. [Read more…]
Good digestive health is essential for overall health: It helps us absorb nutrients and expel waste from our bodies, leading to better health. If you find your digestive health isn’t as good as it used to be or simply want to keep it in tip-top shape, following these simple lifestyle changes can help improve your digestive health: [Read more…]
Vomiting; constipation; belly pain; blood in the stool; indigestion. Any of these symptoms can send patients running to you for a diagnosis, worried about something serious. Are they experiencing something as benign as an anal fissure or something more worrisome like Crohn’s Disease?
Recognizing the symptoms of digestive disorders and diseases will go a long way in reassuring your patients and providing them with a diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan. [Read more…]
Knowing the difference between two types of doctors can be confusing for some patients—especially if it appears the doctors do the same procedures.
If a patient is unsure about the type of doctor they need for their hemorrhoids, you should be able to give them referrals based on their unique situation. For example, do they need a gastroenterologist or a colorectal specialist? [Read more…]