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What is GERD?

GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease or commonly referred to as acid reflux. GERD affects about 15 million people each year in the United States. GERD occurs when a backflow of stomach acid makes its way into the esophagus, causing irritation and sometimes damage to the lining of the esophagus. GERD usually causes a burning sensation that rises from the stomach into the chest, often worse after eating or lying down. It may also present as a sour, bitter taste, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, or persistent cough.

What is a Schatzki's ring?

A Schatzkis ring is a thin benign ring of tissue that may grow in the esophagus and cause difficulty swallowing, most commonly with bread, rice, meats, and pasta. It is treated by performing an upper endoscopy and breaking the ring with biopsy forceps or stretching the esophagus.

What is candida esophagitis?

Candida esophagitis is a common yeast infection that may occur spontaneously and can be associated with diabetes or a decreased immune system. It is often easily treated with antifungal drugs.

What is Barrett's esophagus?

Barrett’s esophagus occurs when normal esophagus cells are replaced by intestinal cells. A common cause for Barrett’s esophagus is longstanding acid reflux. This is a condition that will require lifelong medication and surveillance by upper endoscopy because the intestinal cells in the esophagus have a risk of turning into cancer.

What is esophagitis?

Esophagitis is inflammation of the esophagus (swallowing tube), which causes heartburn, painful swallowing, and sometimes vomiting. It is often caused by the acid naturally in your stomach refluxing into the esophagus.

What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common chronic digestive system condition that causes abdominal pain, gas, bloating, and alternating bowel habits (diarrhea/constipation). The cause of IBS is unknown, but there are many theories, and it is an area of extensive research. In recent years, we have seen significant progress in treating and managing IBS.

What is celiac disease?

Celiac disease is small bowel inflammation caused by dietary gluten, a protein in wheat, barley, rye, and other grains. Individuals often experience diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating, cramping, and weight loss.

What is Crohn's disease?

Crohn’s disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease that can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus. Individuals often experience abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, and weight loss. A wide range of medications are used to treat Crohn’s disease, and sometimes surgery is required.

What is ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease that causes the colon’s lining to become inflamed. Individuals often suffer from bloody diarrhea, mucous discharge, and abdominal pain. Treatment requires daily medications but sometimes will require surgery.

What is microscopic colitis/ lymphocytic colitis/ collagenous colitis?

Microscopic colitis is a term that includes both lymphocytic and collagenous colitis, and it will often cause watery diarrhea. The colon appears normal during colonoscopy. However, biopsies of the colon lining will reveal inflammation under a microscope.

What is diverticulosis?

Diverticulosis refers to pouches that commonly form in the colon walls. It is common in individuals over 50 and has no symptoms.

What is diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis is when the diverticulum, pouches that form in the colon wall becomes infected. Individuals may experience abdominal pain, fevers, diarrhea, and bleeding.

What is a hyperplastic colon polyp?

A hyperplastic colon polyp is a type of polyp that does not have a risk of becoming cancer.

What is an adenomatous colon polyp?

An adenomatous colon polyp is a type of polyp with a risk of becoming cancer over time.

What is a colon polyp?

Colon polyps are growths in the gastrointestinal tract, most commonly in the colon. The risk for acquiring polyps is being older than 45 and having a history or family history of colon polyps or colon cancer. It is vital to have all polyps removed before they can turn into cancer.

What is a hiatal hernia?

A hiatal hernia is when the upper part of the stomach slips up into the chest through the diaphragm. It may cause acid to rise into the esophagus, causing acid reflux and heartburn. Symptoms are usually treated with medications but rarely may require surgery.

What is an ulcer?

An ulcer is a breakdown of the lining of the stomach or small intestine that forms a sore that can cause abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and bleeding. Ulcers are most commonly caused by medications or H. pylori infection.

What is H. pylori infection?

Helicobacter pylori is a common bacterium spread by consuming contaminated food or water. Most individuals have no symptoms, but H. pylori can cause stomach and small intestine inflammation, which may lead to ulcers and cancer. Symptoms may include abdominal discomfort, heartburn, nausea, and vomiting. The bacterium is easily treated with antibiotics.

What is gastritis?

Gastritis is stomach inflammation that may cause abdominal pain, indigestion, nausea, and vomiting. It is most commonly caused by medications, alcohol, and H. pylori infection.

What is an anal fissure?

An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the anus, which often presents with bleeding and a ripping sensation during a bowel movement. Anal fissures are commonly trauma associated with the passage of a large stool or explosive diarrhea.

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are a swelling of veins under the skin of the anus or lower rectum. Hemorrhoids are commonly asymptomatic, and most patients are unaware they have them. However, hemorrhoids can flare, cause itching, bleeding, or leakage of feces and may or may not be associated with pain. The most common cause of hemorrhoids is straining, chronic constipation/diarrhea, pregnancy, age, and sitting for prolonged periods.

Which health insurance plans do you accept?

We accept all major insurance carriers. For a list of carriers, please click here

How much will my office visit or procedure cost?

All insurance plans are different, so your responsibility will vary. Some insurance carriers require you to pay a copay due at the time of your visit, while others require coinsurance which requires you to pay a percentage of the total cost of your care.

We are committed to nosurprise billing. If a procedure is scheduled, you will have the opportunity to meet with our pre-certifier, who will review the estimated cost of your responsibilities. We understand you have many financial obligations, and we will make every effort to work with you to ensure you get the healthcare you need. Your health and wellbeing are our priority. If you have any questions, please call our office and speak with our billing department