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…]
Irritable bowel syndrome is a very common intestinal disorder that causes excess gas, stomach pain, diarrhea, and constipation. For patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), symptoms can disrupt their everyday lives at inconvenient times. If left untreated, IBS can promote other problems like the formation of hemorrhoids.
For many patients, IBS is merely an annoyance from time to time but for others, disabling. Here is how you can help patients learn how to live with IBS, including ways they can manage the condition: [Read more…]
It’s a timeless question asked by patients and the source of internet myths: Is one gender is more prone to developing hemorrhoids than the other?
While there are a variety of reasons a woman may get more hemorrhoids than a man or vice versa, to say that one gender is more prone to develop hemorrhoids is both misleading and gives the impression that hemorrhoids are a gender-specific issue. This impression can cause embarrassment in patients and prevent them from seeking treatment. [Read more…]
Hemorrhoids are a very common side effect of pregnancy, which can a whole new layer of daily discomfort to a pregnant patient’s life. When a pregnant patient comes to you with hemorrhoids, you need to be prepared to discuss with them why hemorrhoids are more prevalent during pregnancy and their treatment options should the hemorrhoids be severe enough. [Read more…]