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About Russell Havranek

Russell Dean Havranek, MD is a board-certified gastroenterologist in San Antonio TX that has been in private practice since 2005 as a member of the Gastroenterology Clinic of San Antonio medical group, which specializes in the comprehensive treatment of all digestive symptoms and conditions. Dr. Havranek received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1998 and completed his Fellowship in Gastroenterology & Hepatology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in 2005. He has a special focus on promoting colon cancer awareness and prevention with colonoscopy. Also, his practice has a special focus on IBD and IBS digestive conditions and their symptoms. His gastroenterology clinic is located at 8550 Datapoint Drive, Suite 200, San Antonio, TX 78229.

Esophageal Cancer: Reduce Your Risk

Esophageal cancer is the sixth leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Unfortunately, the incidence of some types of esophageal cancer is on the rise.

With this in mind, it’s important to be aware of certain factors that can put you at greater risk.

This article will discuss what esophageal cancer is and what causes it. We’ll also highlight how you can lower your likelihood of esophageal cancer.

What Is Esophageal Cancer?

Esophageal cancer is cancer that affects the esophagus — the muscular tube that connects the mouth and stomach. Esophageal cancer starts in the inner lining of the esophagus and can spread to the outer layers as it grows.

The two most common types of


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10 Ways to Avoid Heartburn

Football season is finally here! For many people, this means grilling out, constant snacking, and staying up late watching Sunday night football.

Now that the season is in full swing, you may be noticing a familiar theme. And, no, I’m not talking about your team’s record. I’m talking about heartburn.

Sometimes, certain lifestyle choices can wreak havoc on your digestive system. This article will discuss how to avoid heartburn so you can enjoy game day pain-free.


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When Digestive Issues Require a Doctor’s Visit

Digestive issues like bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and heartburn are uncomfortable symptoms that we all experience at one time or another. But if these symptoms persist for more than a few days or weeks, it’s a sign that you should see a doctor.

When it comes to digestive issues, it’s often in your best interest to make an appointment with a specialist.

This article will discuss what a gastroenterologist is and when to make an appointment for common digestive issues. We’ll also discuss non-invasive procedures that we can perform to diagnose and treat certain conditions. Lastly, we’ll outline how you can prepare for your gastroenterologist appointment.


By |2021-09-13T09:58:13-05:00September 9th, 2021|Bloating, colon cancer, Digestive Health, hemorrhoids|Comments Off on When Digestive Issues Require a Doctor’s Visit

5 Tips to Avoid Stomach Issues When Traveling

Have you ever felt bloated, constipated, or nauseous when traveling? If so, it’s something you don’t want to repeat!

Vacations should be about exploring your destination, trying local foods, and spending time with friends and family — not your stomach issues.

Sometimes, all the changes that come with traveling can create a perfect storm that disrupts your digestion. This article will discuss how you can avoid unwanted stomach issues on your next trip.


By |2021-07-26T21:36:41-05:00July 26th, 2021|Diet, Digestive Health|Comments Off on 5 Tips to Avoid Stomach Issues When Traveling