GI Bleeding: Know the Signs

Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding is a potentially life-threatening symptom of a GI condition. It causes more than half a million hospitalizations in the United States annually and has a mortality rate of 5%-10%.

But many cases can be safely treated on an outpatient basis without medical complications. While the cause of GI bleeding is typically not serious, it’s important to recognize the signs and respond accordingly.

This article will discuss the types of GI bleeding and the symptoms you should be aware of. We’ll also highlight the common conditions that can cause GI bleeding. Lastly, this article will outline when you should see a doctor and how GI bleeding is diagnosed. Keep reading to learn more about GI


By |2022-11-14T11:22:56-06:00November 14th, 2022|Digestive Health, Endoscopy|Comments Off on GI Bleeding: Know the Signs

Here’s What You Need to Know About Esophageal Disorders

Esophageal disorders affect the esophagus. This is the muscular tube that runs from the mouth to the stomach. Waves of muscular contractions push food and liquid down this tube.

The lower esophageal sphincter (LES), a muscular valve connecting the esophagus and stomach, relaxes to let food pass. This valve remains closed when not eating to prevent the stomach contents from flowing into the esophagus. In many cases, esophageal disorders disrupt this process and cause problems with eating and drinking.

This article will discuss types of esophageal disorders and their common symptoms. We’ll also highlight the diagnosis of esophageal disorders, including testing options. Lastly, we’ll outline the steps you can take to reduce your risk of esophageal disorders.


By |2022-10-04T15:58:04-05:00October 4th, 2022|Digestive Health, Endoscopy|Comments Off on Here’s What You Need to Know About Esophageal Disorders

Upper Endoscopy (EGD) FAQs

When experiencing symptoms that affect the upper GI tract (esophagus, stomach, small intestine) like reflux or trouble swallowing, your doctor may want you to have a procedure called an upper endoscopy or EGD. The endoscopy procedure can be used to:

  • Investigate symptoms
  • Diagnose conditions
  • Apply treatments by passing special tools through the endoscope
  • Surveillance of chronic medical conditions

While this is a very routine procedure, it can be somewhat daunting to think about having a small tube inserted down your throat even if you are under anesthesia. To help patients better understand the EGD procedure and hopefully alleviate any anxiety/questions, Dr. Havranek has created this endoscopy FAQs page.


By |2019-12-09T10:10:26-06:00December 6th, 2019|Endoscopy|Comments Off on Upper Endoscopy (EGD) FAQs
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