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January 26, 2016
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There are so many patients out there who ask me What they can expect during flexible sigmoidoscopy? Flexible sigmoidoscopy is generally well tolerated and rarely causes any significant pain. There may be a sensation of fullness, bloating, pressure, or cramping during the procedure. In most instances, you will be lying on your left side while the instrument is advanced through the rectum and the colon under direct vision on a TV monitor. As the instrument is withdrawn, a careful examination is made by the lining of the colon. The procedure usually takes only 5 to 15 minutes.


January 26, 2016
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Did you know?  Once swallowed, bolus (food) travels down through the esophagus to the stomach, taking about 7 seconds to get there.


January 26, 2016
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Small pouches called diverticula can form anywhere there are weak spots in the lining of your digestive system, but they are most commonly found in the colon.

If you have diverticula but no symptoms, the condition is called diverticulosis, which is quite common among older adults and rarely causes problems; however, if the pouches bleed or become inflamed, it’s called diverticulitis. Symptoms include rectal bleeding, fever, and abdominal pain. Obesity is a major risk factor for diverticulitis.

Mild diverticulitis is treated with antibiotics and a liquid diet so your colon can heal. A low fiber diet could be the cause of diverticulitis, so your doctor may direct you to eat a diet high in fiber — whole grains, legumes, vegetables — as part of your treatment.

If you have severe attacks that recur frequently, you may need surgery to remove the diseased part of your colon.


Today we are going to discuss the “Risk” factors involve in Capsule endoscopy. The main risk of this technique is getting the camera stuck on a narrow area in the small bowel. Your doctor will often take special precautions to try to see if you have a stricture or narrow area in the small bowel before you use the PillCam. Even these precautions may not identify a subtle narrow area on x-ray studies. If the PillCam gets stuck and does not move, standard surgery may be required to relieve the obstruction and recover the PillCam.


January 25, 2016
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Did you know? Some animals such as cows, giraffes and deer have stomachs with multiple compartments (not multiple stomachs as is commonly believed). While others like seahorses, lungfishes and platypuses have no stomachs at all.


January 25, 2016
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Do you really need to treat your hemorrhoids? The answer is yes. Left untreated, hemorrhoids often get worse over time – and therefore harder to treat. This means that a hemorrhoid that could easily be banded today could eventually require surgery. If you’re wondering whether to pursue treatment or leave your body to heal naturally, the reality is that you should immediately pursue treatment. Here are 3 Reasons You Should Not Wait to Pursue Treatment:

  1. It will take a long time for your body to heal itself naturally.
  2. It will hurt immensely.  
  3. You may get other infections.

In addition, some people experience hemorrhoid-like symptoms when they actually have a more serious underlying gastrointestinal condition.

If you have experienced reoccurring bouts with hemorrhoids, you may consult with Peninsula Gastrointestinal Specialists, Inc. Immediately.


January 05, 2016
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An enteroscopy helps doctors find and treat problems in the digestive system. A thin, flexible tube with a camera inside is used to see inside your body. This tube is called an endoscope. Enteroscopy is used to detect problems with your small intestine or stomach. Doctors may recommend enteroscopy if you have any of the following:

  • High immune cell count
  • Small bowel tumors
  • Blocked bowel passages
  • Intestinal damage from radiation
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Chronic low iron
  • Unexplained severe diarrhea
  • Unexplained malnutrition


January 05, 2016
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Probiotics are so-called "friendly bacteria" that also occur naturally in the gut and have been linked to all sorts of digestive health benefits, including helping irritable bowel syndrome and traveller's diarrhoea.

You can take probiotics as supplements (available from health food shops) or in live yoghurt, which is a good natural source. You'll need to take them every day for at least four weeks to see any beneficial effect.


Did you know?!? The approximate surface area of the small intestine is 2,700 feet; That’s over half the size of a basketball court!




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