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August 29, 2016
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After Ulcerative Colitis surgery watch for complications. If you have any of  these symptoms, seek immediate medical treatment:

  • Infection or pouch inflammation or Pouchitis. Signs: Diarrhea, stool frequency, crampy stomach pain, fever, joint pain. Treatment: Antibiotics.
  • Blockage or bowel obstruction. Signs: Cramping, nausea, vomiting. Treatment: IV fluids and fasting, sometimes surgery.
  • Pouch failure. Signs: Fever, swelling, pain. Treatment: Surgery and permanent ileostomy.


August 29, 2016
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Did you know?!? We eat about 500kg of food per year.


August 29, 2016
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Gastro-oesophageal reflux (GOR) occurs when the stomach contents including acid move back up into the oesophagus. Patients usually describe their symptoms as heartburn or indigestion. Sufferers often report increased reflux after large fatty or spicy meals, particularly when eaten close to bedtime. GOR is more common in overweight individuals, but those of an acceptable weight can also suffer. Chronic reflux can result in oesophagitis (inflamed oesophagus), further increasing sensitivity to acid and foods. So today we are sharing a healthy eating guide for reflux:

  • Breakfast - a bowl of high fibre cereal such as untoasted muesli, weetbix or porridge with fresh or tinned fruit and reduced fat or skim milk and/ or wholemeal or grain toast with minimal margarine and honey or vegemite. Tea.
  • Lunch - sandwiches made with wholemeal bread with low fat cheeses, lean meats, tinned fish and salad. Skip the margarine. Tinned or fresh fruit with low fat yoghurt. Water, tea or diluted juice.
  • Main Meal - chicken and vegetable stir fry with minimal oil. Served with steamed rice. Iced water with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice.


August 15, 2016
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Enzymes called proteases break down proteins within the stomach and small intestine. While in saliva, amylases break down carbohydrates and lipases break down fats.


August 15, 2016
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A colorectal "polyp" is a small finger-like or flat lump growing from the lining of the colon. There are many types of polyps, some of which are rare. The two most common types are adenomas and hyperplastic polyps.

The most important colorectal polyp is the adenoma, a small benign tumour growing to about 2 cm in size. Colonic adenomas are common, occurring in more than 20% of the population, and in the majority of patients there is no ill effect on health. They are more common with increasing age. There is good evidence that colonic adenomas are the early stage of colorectal cancer, although only a very small percentage of adenomas undergo malignant change and this process is very slow (e.g. five to 15 years).

Most patients with colonic polyps have no symptoms, and often polyps are detected at the time of investigation for unrelated symptoms. Where symptoms occur these are usually bleeding and sometimes pass mucous (especially large villous adenomas). Colonic polyps usually do not cause abdominal pain, diarrhoea, or constipation.


August 15, 2016
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No matter how well you plan, accidents may happen. Be prepared by keeping emergency supplies on hand at home, work or school, and on the road. Discrete, portable packaging is available for many products. Here are some products to try:

  • Fast-acting medication (for gas, bloating, or diarrhea)
  • Pre-moistened travel wipes
  • An extra pair of underwear
  • Disposable pads or underwear for incontinence
  • Plastic bags to dispose of soiled wipes and clothes

Stash these supplies in your purse, car, suitcase, and your desk at work, then put your mind at ease. If accidents, fecal incontinence persists, talk to your doctor.


August 04, 2016
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Did you know, bananas are good food for digestive health? Bananas help restore normal bowel function, especially if you have diarrhea. And they restore electrolytes and potassium that may be lost due to runny stool. This fruit also has lots of fiber to aid digestion.


August 04, 2016
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Today we are going to share the Heartburn symptoms! Heartburn has several symptoms including:

  • A burning feeling in the chest just behind the breastbone that occurs after eating and lasts a few minutes to several hours
  • Chest pain, especially after bending over, lying down or eating
  • Burning in the throat, or hot, sour, acidic or salty-tasting fluid at the back of the throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Feeling of food "sticking" in the middle of the chest or throat

Reporting these symptoms to your doctor is usually all that is needed for your doctor to diagnose heartburn. However your doctor may perform special tests such as endoscopy or pH monitoring to determine the severity of your problem or to monitor your treatment.


August 04, 2016
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Many people believe on the myth that colonoscopy will hurt! Actually, it shouldn't. Prior to the procedure, patients are given a combination of a narcotic and sedative called "conscious sedation." About 95 percent of patients sleep through the entire procedure and wake up with no memory of the experience. About five percent of people experience cramping, and state that it felt similar to the urge to have a bowel movement.

If you are worried about discomfort, or have any fear related to the procedure, please tell your nurse or physician. They can help alleviate your fear and discuss options with you. Additionally, if you are uncomfortable being sedated, or have side effects related to sedation, your physician can perform the procedure without sedation. However, it is less stressful and more comfortable for the vast majority of patients to utilize conscious sedation for a colonoscopy.

If fear is keeping you from scheduling your colonoscopy, consider a virtual colonoscopy. The prep procedure is the same, but a virtual colonoscopy is done in an external CT scanner instead of with an internal scope, and is done without sedation.




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