At Austin Gastroenterology, our physicians and staff are committed to educating our patients and raising awareness about GI conditions, treatments, and routine screenings. We encourage our patients and partners to follow us on social media and share educational resources with family members and friends, because recommended screenings save lives.
We invite you to browse the videos below and hear from our doctors as they discuss common gastrointestinal and liver conditions and treatments.
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Gastroenterologist Dr. Kenneth Ellis discusses the importance of colon cancer screening. Colonoscopy is not only performed to detect colon cancer, it can also remove pre-cancerous polyps before they have a chance to turn into colon cancer. Everyone 50 years or older is at risk for colon cancer and should have a colonoscopy. If you have a family history of colon cancer you should talk to your doctor about when you should be screened.
With special interest in resection of large and complex polyps, Dr. Harish Gagneja discusses
about how large polyps can develop in the colon, what the risk factors are, and the importance
of patients getting a colonoscopy for early diagnosis and treatment. As these polyps require
special attention, Dr. Gagneja, states that the best way to remove these large polyps are at the
hospital, by performing a large colon polyp resection endoscopically, which reduces long term
complications. If you suspect that there may be something wrong, be sure to get a screening, as
it can save your life.
With a special interest in the treatment of Barrett's esophagus, Dr. Harish Gagneja discusses
about the condition itself, the risk factors, and how it is treated. Barrett's esophagus, is a pre-
cancerous condition, where the lining and tissue of the esophagus changes, and becomes more
like the lining of the small intestine, rather than the esophagus itself, occurring in the area
where the esophagus connects to the stomach. This is called dysplasia, inflammation caused by
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Dr. Gagneja, states that if this condition is left
untreated, patients with this condition, will be more at risk for this condition turning into
esophageal cancer. This condition is treated with ablation and endoscopic mucosal resection.
Gastroenterologist Dr. Pradeep Kumar explains the pros and cons of using prescription and over-the-counter proton pump inhibitors to treat heartburn and acid reflux. If you're using these medications long term, be sure to check with your physician to make sure the benefits truly outweigh the risks.
Gastroenterologist Dr. Sheila Reddy and her patient, Nannette Kitowski, spoke with FOX 7 Austin about the importance of colon cancer screenings. As a breast cancer survivor, Nannette is at a higher risk for developing colon cancer. Having a colonoscopy is the best way to detect and prevent colon cancer.
Dr. John Tsai of Austin Gastroenterology discusses fatty liver disease on Fox 7 News Austin. Fatty liver disease is now considered a serious health epidemic, affecting 30-35% of our population. Watch Dr. Tsai's entire interview to learn how certain lifestyle changes can make a difference before it's too late.
Dr. Ken Ellis, a gastroenterologist with Austin Gastro, explains irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), who is at risk, and how this chronic and painful gastrointestinal condition can disrupt a person's lifestyle. IBS is the second-leading medical reason for missing work, and is more common in women than in men.
Dr. Kenneth Ellis discusses the difference between celiac disease and gluten intolerance and sensitivity. Did you know that people can live with celiac disease and not even know it? "Celiac disease may be one of the most under-diagnosed diseases of our time. For every one or two people diagnosed, there may be up to seven more dealing with symptoms," Dr. Ellis told KXAN.
Hepatologist Dr. Nadege Gunn with Pinnacle Research and special consultant to Austin Gastro, talks about liver disease. Dr. Gunn explains what cirrhosis means and how the hardening of the liver can lead to serious complications like encephalopathy, which can present symptoms such as swelling in the lower extremities, disorientation, drowsiness or confusion, sluggish movement, and slurred speech.
Hepatologist Dr. Nadege Gunn with Pinnacle Research and special consultant to Austin Gastro , explains fatty liver disease, which affects 30% or more Americans due to the rise in obesity in this country. Obesity leads to fat in the liver, causing inflammation and scarring, which leads to cirrhosis of the liver. If the associated complications commonly found with fatty liver disease are addressed and reversed, such as obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, sometimes the cirrhosis can be reversed as well. If not unaddressed, however, scarring (or cirrhosis) can become irreversible and lead to significant health problems such as liver failure, liver transplant, liver cancer, and death.
Hepatologist Dr. Nadege Gunn with Pinnacle Research and special consultant to Austin Gastro, explains who is considered for liver transplantation. One way physicians prioritize who should be seriously considered for a liver transplant is by looking at the patient's MESLD Score (Model End Stage Liver Disease). As of 2017, there are roughly 17,000 patients waiting for liver transplants, but only about 6,000 transplants are performed each year, making it all the more important to catch and reverse liver disease in its early stages.
Gastroenterologist Dr. Richard Sperling explains Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), how people become infected with this bacteria, how it is diagnosed, and how it is treated. H. pylori infections can result in conditions such as chronic gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, gastric cancer, and lymphoma of the stomach. Common symptoms range from no symptoms at all to abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, lack of appetite, or bloody/black stool. There are invasive and noninvasive ways to diagnose H. pylori. The non-invasive ways include H. pylori breath test, stool samples, and blood test. Another way to diagnose H. pylori is upper endoscopy with biopsy of the stomach lining to detect this bacteria. Treatment often includes multiple antibiotics and an acid blocker, followed up with testing to ensure that the treatment has effectively killed all of the H. pylori bacteria. Reinfection can occur but is rare once effectively treated.
Dr. Kenneth Ellis discusses the causes and symptoms of acid reflux. He explains the complications that can arise from self-managing the symptoms of reflux for a period of more than 5 years, because treating the symptoms does not repair the damage to the esophagus that can be caused by acid reflux.
GI doctors are frequently asked to evaluate patients complaining of chest pain. Gastroenterologist Dr. Richard Sperling talks about some possible causes of non-cardiac chest pain such as musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, pulmonary, and anxiety. GI symptoms associated with non-cardiac chest pain include heartburn, trouble swallowing, and pain associated with eating. GI diseases account for 10-15% of all instances of non-cardiac chest pain, so it is important that these patients are evaluated by a gastroenterologist. These GI conditions include GERD, esophagitis, motility disorders, and gallbladder disease. They are most commonly diagnosed by utilizing upper endoscopy, esophageal motility testing, and imaging of the gallbladder.
Dr. Willam Stassen defines Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis as very common conditions. As we
age, so does our colon. Approximately 80 percent of patients will have Diverticulosis, and
develop pockets in the colon that may become infected, known as Diverticulitis. Relatively easy
to diagnose, Dr. Stassen gives a medical outline of these conditions, including the symptoms
patients may experience, and what the best treatment options for the two are.
This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation, examination, or the medical advice of your doctor. This information should not be relied upon to determine a diagnosis or course of treatment.
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