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New Recommendations For Management Of IBS & Chronic Constipation

The American College of Gastroenterology recently released a review of the data for the management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC). Patients with IBS experience issues such as abdominal pain, constipation, and frequent diarrhea. Unlike inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) conditions such as Crohn’s, IBS does not involve changes to the structure of the bowel but is a”functional” problem, how… Read more »

Opioid Use In IBD Patients

A recent study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that opioid use in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) was associated with higher mortality and greater rates of opioid abuse. This information highlights the importance of close monitoring and compliance with the established medication regimen to prevent flare-ups. IBD encompasses a group of bowel disorders in which the bowel becomes chronically inflamed, resulting… Read more »

Polyps And Colonoscopy In Baton Rouge

On Polyps and Previous Colonoscopies A patient’s report of a previous colonoscopy as, “it was normal” or “it showed such and such” is not sufficent and may suggest something entirely different when said in non-medical terms. Many patients say they had polyps but “they were nothing”, “they were benign”, or “they were not cancerous”. These statements leave… Read more »

How To Manage Health Records And Doctor Relationships

How to Manage Health Records and Doctor Relationships – A Doctor’s Perspective Your doctor, especially a primary care doctor, or the first specialist you see for a problem, has been with you during the entire course of a problem (during flare- ups, etc), and he /she has reviewed you from the starting point of symptoms. … Read more »

Prediabetes/Insulin Resistance And Colon Cancer Linked

Prediabetes, a state of elevated blood sugar that can lead to diabetes as time goes on, is most obviously associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes. However, there are a number of other conditions that prediabetic patients are at an elevated risk of developing, including colon cancer. Given the health consequences of prediabetes, it… Read more »

Self-Diagnosis With Dr. Google

In the information age that we live in, it is easy to take the path of least resistance and avoid inconvenience when an ailment starts to cause concern and physical impairment.  Our desire for instant gratification can frequently be met with the quick Google search for a diagnosis fitting all of our symptoms.  Limitless outcomes… Read more »

This Appointment Can Save Your Life

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the US.  It is also the 3rd leading cause of cancer deaths for both men and women.  This doesn’t have to be the case.  With proper screening and early detection, colorectal cancer is 90% preventable.  It’s important to have a basic understanding of colorectal cancer and its prevention.… Read more »

Why I Don’t Want A Colonoscopy, Part III

This is part of a series of 3 blog posts whereby a family member (FM) of a patient is having a discussion on colonoscopy and colon cancer screening with a gastroenterologist (D).  Many individuals find reasons to put off their recommended colon cancer screening. Many of these objections to screening are addressed in this series.  If you… Read more »

Why I Don’t Want A Colonoscopy, Part II

This is part of a series of 3 blog posts whereby a family member (FM) of a patient is having a discussion on colonoscopy and colon cancer screening with a gastroenterologist (D).  Many individuals find reasons to put off their recommended colon cancer screening. Many of these objections to screening are addressed in this series. … Read more »

Why I Don’t Want A Colonoscopy, Part I

This is part of a series of 3 blog posts whereby a family member of a patient and a gastroenterologist are having a discussion on colonoscopy and colon cancer screening.  Many individuals find reasons to put off their recommended colon cancer screening. Here, we address those objections.  If you know someone who is resisting having… Read more »

Who Does Colonoscopy In Baton Rouge?

Getting a colonoscopy is one of the most important things older adults 50 years and above can do to prevent colon cancer and ensure early treatment if colon cancer does develop. Gastroenterology Associates understands the importance of having a skilled, experienced gastroenterologist perform a colonoscopy, which is why we work to provide the most expert… Read more »

Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) In Baton Rouge: Only At Gastroenterology Associates

Dr Walker McDonald and Dr Neelima Reddy of Gastroenterology Associates are the only specialists to provide endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) in the Baton Rouge area. This minimally invasive procedure is extremely useful for evaluating and diagnosing a range of conditions, including cancers of the esophagus, lung, pancreas or stomach, colon, ampulla, and rectum.  If you need an endoscopic ultrasound,… Read more »