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7 Reasons to see a Gastroenterologist

Are you considering seeing a gastroenterologist in San Antonio, TX? In most cases, my recommendation to those experiencing things like stomach pain or other digestive symptoms is to see your primary doctor first and they can decide if the cause is less severe than anticipated or needs the attention of a GI specialist. However, if you don’t have a primary care physician or if you’re experiencing chronic ongoing GI issues, you should ask to be referred to a gastroenterologist or contact one directly that participates in your insurance network.   

I often have conversations with first time patients where they let me know that they were unsure of what type of doctor to see for their symptoms, so

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By |2019-02-07T11:47:27-05:00August 7th, 2017|Bloating, Bowel Movements, colon cancer, Colonoscopy, hemorrhoids, IBD|Comments Off on 7 Reasons to see a Gastroenterologist

Do I need a Colon Cleanse?

I regularly have patients ask me if they should periodically be doing a colon cleanse to benefit their overall digestive health.  Since various “cleanses” are getting more popular, I thought it would be helpful to share the opinion of a gastroenterologist on this topic. My hope with this article is to provide some useful information, so that those considering a colon cleanse can make a more educated decision as to whether this is an actual health benefit or more of a fad.

What is the Function of the Colon?

To maintain good digestive health, your body must effectively eliminate food and bodily waste!  What we eat and drink travels from our stomach

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By |2016-08-14T12:26:31-05:00August 14th, 2016|Bloating, Bowel Movements, Colonoscopy|Comments Off on Do I need a Colon Cleanse?

Fiber – How Much Do I Need?

As a gastroenterologist, I get a lot of questions from my San Antonio, TX patients about fiber intake.  We all know it’s the right thing to do but most of us don’t take enough.  So what is the right amount?  What is the right type?  Can I get it in my diet or do I have to buy a supplement?  Let’s dive into some of these most common fiber questions.

What is dietary fiber?

Fiber is the plant material we eat in our diets and comes in two main forms- soluble and insoluble.  Soluble fiber dissolves in water and is fermented in the colon.  Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water and acts

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By |2018-01-31T01:21:53-05:00June 27th, 2016|Bowel Movements, Diet, Nutrition|Comments Off on Fiber – How Much Do I Need?

Stool Tests and GI Health

I wanted to do a follow up on my recent blog post on “What Your Poop Says About You” by elaborating on some of the types of stool tests we as gastroenterologists in San Antonio TX may conduct on your stool.  We base these stool tests on the symptoms a patient presents with, their medical history and a description of the changes in their stool.  A stool analysis is a series of different stool tests done on your poop to diagnose certain conditions potentially affecting the digestive tract.

Why do I need Stool Tests in San Antonio TX

I realize that the idea of collecting

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By |2018-01-31T01:21:54-05:00May 6th, 2015|Bowel Movements, colon cancer, Colonoscopy|Comments Off on Stool Tests and GI Health

What Your Poop Says About You

Let’s just start by saying we all poop.  For some people this is a topic that’s difficult to discuss with family, friends or even their physician in San Antonio, TX.  For others, like my grandpa or my 6 year old boy, they could talk about it all day.  However, a bowel movement can be an indicator of your overall digestive health.  I’m going to walk you through the basics of a “normal” bowel movement and give you the perspective of a gastroenterologist on the key indicators to look for and what they could mean.

BOWEL MOVEMENTS

bristol stool chartA poop – or referred to as a “bowel movement”- is defined

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By |2018-09-06T11:50:24-05:00April 14th, 2015|Bowel Movements, Nutrition|Comments Off on What Your Poop Says About You