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Some of the nation’s most respected gastrointestinal (GI) specialists call us home. We offer comprehensive care from screening colonoscopy to specialized diagnosis and treatment for pancreatic and biliary diseases. This dedicated team comes together for one very important reason - you.
In fact, specialists from across the region send us their hard-to-diagnose cases. That’s because diseases of the stomach, pancreas and liver can be some of the most difficult to diagnose and treat. These conditions are debilitating for patients, and often require highly complex treatments and comprehensive patient management.
At MoBap, you’ll find all the expertise you’d expect at a major urban hospital – highly qualified physicians using state of the art equipment. But here it’s just quieter, and more comfortable with a caring, compassionate staff of nurses and technologists, working together.
World-class medicine, right in your own neighborhood.
Q: Why am I so gassy?
A: Excessive gas is a frequent and difficult problem to explain. Gas is generally benign in origin; however, you experience vomiting, abdominal pain, weight loss, difficulty swallowing, or diarrhea, you should get a prompt evaluation by a physician.
The majority of people with major gas symptoms have visceral hypersensitivity or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Therapy for IBS may improve symptoms, and avoidance of foods that seem to exacerbate the symptoms can be helpful as well.
Q: Should I worry if I see blood in my stool?
A: There are many causes, including hemorrhoids, benign ulcers, infectious diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, and diverticulitis. The most worrisome is colorectal cancer. Tell your doctor if you see any blood in your stool.
Gallbladders are removed in approximately 700,000 people annually in the U.S. due to gallstones or gallbladder attacks. Risk factors leading to surgery include obesity, family history, high blood levels of triglycerides, diabetes, diets rich in trans-fatty acids or cholesterol, and rapid weight loss.
The gallbladder is a reservoir that stores bile produced by the liver, releasing this bile into the intestine after meals to break down and absorb fat. Life after gallbladder surgery is fairly normal for most, but some people may experience greater digestive changes.
Dr. Michele Woodley, board-certified gastroenterologist, answers some of the questions her patients are often too embarrassed to ask.