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By Vikram Jayanty, M.D. PA
February 15, 2021
Tags: Digestive Health  

Maintaining Good Digestive Health

You know the importance of nutritious eating for maintaining a healthy weight, staying energetic and fueling your body, but what you eat also has an impact on your digestive health, one of the key components to overall wellness.

A balanced meal plan with an emphasis on fiber-rich foods, prebiotics and probiotics can help you alleviate stomach pain, bloating, constipation or loose stools caused by your diet so you feel comfortable after eating and your digestive system runs smoothly and efficiently.

Dr. Vikram Jayanty of Houston Endoscopy and Research Center in Houston, TX can assist you with your gastroenterology needs to maintain good digestive health.

Keys to digestive health:

  • Fiber: Fiber, which comes in soluble and insoluble forms, is found in foods like whole grains, legumes, produce, nuts and seeds. Fiber absorbs water to create bulk and helps you produce regular bowel movements.
  • Water: Consuming enough fluids is essential for helping you digest your food and pass stool easily.
  • Probiotics: Found in dairy and fermented foods, probiotics are healthy bacteria which help the body break down fiber. Probiotics can also be taken in the form of a supplement.
  • Avoid processed foods and artificial sweeteners: Foods high in salt, sugar or sugar substitutes can cause bloating or increase the levels of harmful bacteria in the gut.
  • Chew thoroughly and eat slowly: Rushing through your meals can cause air bubbles to develop in the stomach and lead to gas, indigestion or bloating.
  • Manage stress: Stress can cause upset stomach and digestive problems, as there is a correlation between gut and mental health. Make time for relaxation or meditation.
  • Choose healthy fats: Eating a high-fat diet, especially one low in carbohydrates like the Atkins or keto diets, can lead to constipation and kidney distress. It is important to eat good fats, however, like those found in olive oil, nuts and avocado.
  • Exercise: Movement helps keep your digestive system flowing.
  • Food allergy testing: If you find your stomach is especially sensitive to gluten, dairy or other foods, you may want to be tested at our gastroenterology office in Houston, TX. You will likely find relief by removing foods you are intolerant to.

Call gastroenterology expert Dr. Vikram Jayanty in Houston, TX, at (713) 932-9200 for more information on digestive health.

By Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
July 13, 2020
Tags: Heartburn  

Are mealtimes leaving you with chest burning and discomfort?

Have you started to notice that some of your favorite foods are leaving you with a burning, gnawing in your chest? Have mealtimes become frustrating because it seems that everything seems to set off a sore throat, acidity in your mouth, food regurgitation, or burning in the throat and chest? If so, then you might have heartburn (acid reflux). Don’t worry; our Houston, TX, gastroenterologist, Dr. Jayanty, will provide you with the answers you need.

What is heartburn?

Every time you eat your stomach produces acid, which helps break down food as it goes through the digestive tract. The acid should remain in the stomach; however, if you suffer from heartburn, the stomach acid will go back up the esophagus where it will burn and irritate the throat. If left untreated, this can lead to serious damage to the esophagus.

What triggers heartburn symptoms?

There are certain habits and foods that can make your heartburn symptoms flare-up. Habits such as when you eat, how much you eat, what time you eat, and when you exercise can all trigger acid reflux.

Common triggers include:

  • Eating large meals (particularly before bed)
  • Consuming foods that are greasy, fatty or spicy
  • Consuming alcohol and caffeinated beverages
  • Exercising right after eating
  • Taking certain medications (e.g. blood pressure medications)

It’s a good idea to eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day and to avoid eating about two hours before bedtime. You should also wait for about two hours after eating before exercising.

Keep a journal of foods and drinks that trigger your heartburn so that you can avoid them whenever possible. If certain medications are causing acid reflux to flare-up then it’s a good idea to talk to our Houston GI doctor about your options.

How is heartburn treated?

If you are dealing with mild-to-moderate heartburn you may be able to alter your lifestyle and take over-the-counter heartburn medications to relieve your symptoms. Of course, those dealing with more severe symptoms may require prescription medications to reduce or even prevent the production of stomach acid to help the esophagus heal from damage.

If you suspect that you are dealing with acid reflux then it’s time you called Dr. Jayanty in Houston, TX, to schedule an evaluation. Let’s figure out what’s causing your symptoms and help you manage these issues so that you can find joy in mealtimes again.

Unattended acid reflux and heartburn can lead to esophageal cancer. In fact, GERD (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease) is the number one cause of esophageal cancer. Please call the office for details.

By Vikram Jayanty, M.D. PA
June 08, 2020
Tags: diarrhea  

Diarrhea can be caused by a number of factors, all of which can cause intense discomfort. Additionally, diarrhea can be the result of a medical condition, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or Crohn’s disease. In such cases, Dr. Vikram Jayanty of our gastroenterology practice in Houston, TX, can diagnose and treat the cause of your diarrhea.

Causes of Diarrhea

Several factors can cause diarrhea. One common cause is diet. For example, eating spicy, fried, or fatty foods can lead to digestive issues, including diarrhea. Additionally, dairy products, such as milk and cheese, can cause this issue, as can foods that contain sugar, gluten, and caffeine. When dietary factors are the cause of diarrhea, it can be prevented by limiting the consumption of these foods or avoiding them completely.

Diarrhea can also be due to food poisoning, illness, or infection, as well as certain medical conditions that affect the gastrointestinal system. Conditions such as Crohn’s disease, IBS, and hyperthyroidism are all associated with gastrointestinal problems, including diarrhea. Certain types of cancer can cause diarrhea, as well. It is best to see a gastroenterologist for treatment of severe or persistent diarrhea as it could be a symptom of a medical condition or other health concern.

How a Gastroenterologist Can Help

Infrequent diarrhea caused by something that you ate can usually be treated at home. However, it is best to seek medical assistance when the diarrhea is chronic, severe, or has persisted for several days. It is especially important to see a doctor if the diarrhea is accompanied by other symptoms, such as a high fever. A gastroenterologist can diagnose the cause of your diarrhea and recommend a course of treatment if it is due to infection, illness, or a particular medical condition.

Contact our gastroenterology practice in Houston, TX, if you experience any of the following symptoms in conjunction with diarrhea:

  • Diarrhea that has persisted for three or more consecutive days
  • Severe pain in the abdomen or rectum
  • A fever of 102 degrees or higher
  • Bloody stools
  • Dehydration

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jayanty, call our Houston gastroenterology clinic by dialing (713) 932-9200.

By Vikram Jayanty, M.D. PA
April 14, 2020
Tags: Heartburn  

Heartburn is basically a burning pain you feel in the chest, just behind the breastbone. In most cases, this pain is usually worse after you eat, when bending over or lying down, or at nighttime. Occasional heartburn is actually very common and most individuals could manage their symptoms with certain lifestyle adjustments and OTC medicines.

On the other hand, heartburn that occurs more frequently or significantly interferes with daily tasks might indicate a more serious problem that warrants medical attention. With this in mind, accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment is very vital. Here at the Houston Endoscopy and Research Center in Houston, TX, Dr. Vikram Jayanty can find out what’s causing your heartburn and recommend effective treatments to address your symptoms.

Home Remedies and Lifestyle Modifications for Heartburn

  • Avoid foods that may trigger your symptoms.
  • Make sure you have a healthy weight. Excess weight place pressure on your stomach, pushes it up, and cause stomach acids to flow back into the esophagus.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothes that place pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter and stomach.
  • Avoid eating big meals and opt for smaller meals scattered throughout the day, but avoid late snacks.
  • Refrain from lying down after eating. Wait three hours or more at least.
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking. These reduce the ability of your lower esophageal sphincter to work properly.
  • Try to raise the top portion of your bed (where your head rests) when sleeping if you experience heartburn at night. You can also try placing a wedge between the box spring and mattress to raise your body right from the waist up.

Over-The-Counter Medications for Heartburn

  • Antacids: These offer quick relief and help in neutralizing stomach acids. They can’t, however, heal a damaged esophagus.
  • Proton Pump Inhibitors: These include omeprazole and lansaprazole and work by decreasing the stomach’s production of acid.
  • H2RAs or H-2-Receptor Antagonists: These also work to reduce acid production. While they don’t work as fast as antacids, they usually offer longer relief.

Visit your gastroenterologist in Houston, TX, if:

  • You experience heartburn thrice weekly or more
  • You have trouble swallowing
  • Your symptoms persist or worsen even if you use OTC meds
  • You have constant vomiting or nausea
  • You’re losing weight due to eating difficulties or poor appetite

Your doctor may prescribe stronger medications and additional testing.

Need Heartburn Relief? Contact Us.

Dial (713) 932-9200 to reach the Houston Endoscopy and Research Center in Houston, TX, and schedule your visit with Dr. Vikram Jayanty.

By Vikram Jayanty, M.D. PA
February 21, 2020
Tags: Abdominal Pain  

The causes of abdominal pain aren't always clear, which is why gastroenterology is so important. The reasons for abdominal pain may be something as simple as a menstrual cramp that only needs pain medicine or rest, or something more serious. Dr. Vikram Jayanty of Houston, TX, addresses the causes resulting in abdominal paint.

Causes Abdominal Pains

Gastroenterology focuses on the digestive system and its disorders, and abdominal pain falls under this branch of medicine. Pain is a natural occurrence that usually isn't very serious but is actually quite important in diagnosing and treating serious illnesses at your Houston, TX, gastroenterologist's office.

Common causes of stomach pain are:

  • Indigestion is a sign of an underlying problem, like ulcers, or gallbladder disease. Symptoms include persistent or recurrent pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen, bloating, heartburn, and/or burping.
  • Constipation is one of the most common digestive problems and symptoms include hard, dry bowel movements, or going to the bathroom fewer than three times a week.
  • Kidney stones are hard deposits of minerals and salts inside your kidneys that may affect any part of your urinary tract. Symptoms include severe pain in the side and back; pain that moves to the lower abdomen and groin area; pain that fluctuates in intensity; pink, red or brown urine; and urinating in small amounts.

Other causes of abdominal pain include:

  • Stomach virus or menstrual cramps
  • Food poisoning, food allergies, or gas
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Ulcers, pelvic inflammatory disease, gallstones, or a hernia
  • Crohn’s disease, urinary tract infection
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or appendicitis

Gastroenterology is a vital part of medicine and if you are experiencing abdominal pain that does not subside, progresses, and is accompanied by fever, you definitely need to speak with Dr. Vikram Jayanty immediately. For more information on abdominal pain or treatment options call your Houston, TX, gastroenterologist at (713) 932-9200 today!

By Vikram Jayanty, M.D. PA
November 06, 2019
Tags: Heartburn  

Don’t let heartburn take all the fun out of eating.

Most of us will deal with heartburn at some point during our lifetime. Whether it’s that spicy food you grabbed on the go heartburnor it was too much champagne on New Year's Eve, these occurrences are rarely enough to give someone pause; however, if your heartburn is persistent it might just be time to visit our Houston board-certified gastroenterologist Dr. Vikram Jayanty.

What is heartburn?

Every time we eat something the stomach immediately produces acid to break down the food and make it easier to digest. If you have heartburn (also known as acid reflux) then this acid actually travels back up through the esophagus, which leads to a burning sensation in the throat and chest. You may even experience regurgitation.

What triggers heartburn?

You may notice that certain foods can leave you in great distress. If you are prone to heartburn it’s a good idea to avoid caffeine and alcohol, as well as greasy, acidic and spicy foods. Avoid eating large meals or lying down immediately after eating. You should also avoid eating about 2-3 hours before going to bed.

Those who smoke, as well as those who are obese or pregnant are also more likely to develop heartburn.

Can I treat heartburn on my own?

Absolutely. Most people turn to over-the-counter medications to help them get their acid reflux under control, especially if the symptoms are minor or they only experience the occasional bout of heartburn. While there are some home remedies that may help, there are many over-the-counter antacids that you can choose from that can reduce stomach acid.

If you’ve been diagnosed with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) then you may find more effective relief with proton pump inhibitors such as Nexium or Prilosec, which blocks stomach acid production to allow the esophagus time to heal.

When should I see a doctor?

If you’re having trouble getting your heartburn under control then our Houston GI doctor can help. You should schedule an appointment with us if you are experiencing:

  • Heartburn that occurs three or more times a week
  • Heartburn symptoms despite taking over-the-counter antacids
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain or trouble swallowing
  • Loss of appetite attributed to heartburn

Acid reflux also can cause pre-cancerous changes in the esophagus which can lead to esophageal cancer, especially in white males.

Dealing with heartburn in Houston, TX? If most of your meals are being served with a side of heartburn then it’s time to get some answers. Call Houston Endoscopy and Research Center today at (713) 932-9200 for an evaluation.

By Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
August 28, 2019
Tags: Colonoscopy  

Many times colon cancer starts as a harmless polyp within the intestines or rectum. While many polyps are benign some of them can turn cancerous. Of course, polyps don’t always cause symptoms so many people may have them and not even know it. This is where turning to our Houston, TX, gastroenterologist Dr. Vikram Jayanty for diagnostic gastroenterology care is important for everyone.

By getting a routine colonoscopy you can greatly reduce your risk for developing colon cancer. In fact, this form of cancer is highly treatable, especially when caught early on. So, who should get a colonoscopy? Everyone.

There are some myths out there that say that women don’t need to get colonoscopies but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Both men and women can develop colon cancer; therefore, everyone can benefit from this effective screening tool. Once a person turns 50 years old this is the time to turn to your Houston, TX, GI doctor for a colonoscopy.

What is involved in getting a colonoscopy?

The procedure itself is minimally invasive and performed within 30-60 minutes. The length of the colonoscopy will depend on certain factors including whether or not our gastroenterologist detects and has to remove polyps during the procedure.

During a colonoscopy, a thin flexible tube with a camera at the end is carefully guided into the rectum and through the colon to look for any changes, bleeds or other abnormalities that could be early warning signs of colorectal cancer. Before this procedure, an IV will be administered and the patient will be given pain medication and sedation to help them feel relaxed and sleepy. While you may feel some mild cramping during the procedure you shouldn’t feel pain.

How often does someone need to get a routine colonoscopy?

If your results come back normal and you are at a low risk for colorectal cancer then you may not need another colonoscopy for 10 years. Those at an increased risk for colorectal cancer, as well as those who have a history of colon polyps may need to get colonoscopies more regularly. This is something that we can discuss with you.

What symptoms may warrant a colonoscopy?

Of course, a colonoscopy can also be used as a way to determine the source of certain symptoms such as abdominal pain, changes in bowel movements, blood in the stool and unexpected weight loss.

Whether you are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms that have you concerned or you’ve just turned 50 years old, it’s time to call Houston Endoscopy and Research Center today to schedule an appointment with us. With over 25 years of experience, our Houston, TX, GI specialist will ensure that you get the very best care possible.

By Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
July 01, 2019
Tags: Abdominal Pain  

Abdominal pain is somewhat of a vague term, but whether it's from eating very spicy foods or having a stomach virus, Abdominalessentially everyone has experienced it at one time in their life. However, if your abdominal pain has lasted longer than a 10 to 14 days with no relief, it may be time to make an appointment with Dr. Vikram Jayanty, your gastroenterologist in Houston, TX. Dr. Jayanty is a physician who specializes in the gastrointestinal tract, and he regularly sees patients who have been experiencing abdominal pain. Below, he lists a few of the reasons why it happens and how it's treated.


Causes of abdominal pain

The specific symptoms of your abdominal pain can help Dr. Jayanty, your Houston stomach doctor, determine what might be causing it. For example, if you have a burning sensation in your upper abdomen after you eat, you may be dealing with GERD, or acid reflux. Cramping and gas may be associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or food intolerances. Ulcers often produce a gnawing pain that is temporarily relieved by eating. Other abdominal issues can have similar symptoms, which is why it's important to get checked out.


Treatment of abdominal pain

Through various tests, including imaging and blood analysis, your Houston gastroenterologist can diagnose the cause of your abdominal pain and work with you to find an appropriate treatment. For many of our patients with GERD, dietary changes and medication can help control those uncomfortable symptoms associated with ulcers, IBS, and GERD. Less commonly, more invasive or aggressive treatment is needed to manage cysts, tumors, or chronic conditions like celiac or Crohn's disease.

The first step to successful treatment is a diagnosis. If you've been experiencing chronic abdominal pain, don't delay in calling the gastroenterology office of Dr. Vikram Jayanty in Houston, TX, today.

By Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
March 27, 2019

As you get older, your doctor is probably going to recommend various tests and screenings at your regular checkups to protect and maintain your health and wellness. If you are over the age of 50 or have a family history of colon cancer, a Colon Cancer Screeningwise course of action is to visit Dr. Vikram Jayanty, your gastroenterology specialist at the Houston Endoscopy and Research Center in Houston, TX, to talk about whether you are due for a colon cancer screening. Learn more about this important preventive exam that will help ensure the good health of your colon.

Colon Cancer Screening: The Process
The formal name of the test that you will take to check your colon is a colonoscopy. A tubular device called an endoscope, which has a camera attached, is inserted into the rectum and gently guided through the large and small intestines. You will be relaxed with a sedative during this procedure, so there is no need to worry about discomfort. The day before your appointment, you’ll need to fast and maintain a strict regimen to ensure that your intestinal tract is clear.

Reasons for a Screening
Colon cancer is a disease that affects over 100,000 Americans every year, according to estimates published by the American Cancer Society. It’s something that is preventable, as precancerous growths and polyps can be removed by a gastroenterologist. In fact, if precancerous tissue is identified during a screening, they might be removed at that same appointment by your Houston, TX, gastroenterology specialist. Going in for this test will also give you and Dr. Jayanty peace of mind knowing that your colon and intestinal tract is in good condition.

When Is a Colon Cancer Screening Suggested?
If any of the following apply to your case, your gastroenterologist would likely suggest that you come in for a routine screening:

- Patients age 50 and older are encouraged to have this test.
- There is a previous patient history of colon problems or polyps.
- There is a familial history of colorectal cancer.
- Lifestyle and diet factors that could increase the probability of developing this condition.

Get Screened
If you believe it may be time for a colon cancer screening, see a gastroenterology specialist at the Houston Endoscopy and Research Center in Houston, TX. Call (713) 932-9200 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jayanty!

By Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
March 15, 2019

Diarrhea is a very common digestive issue that has a number of causes, including virus contact, dehydration, or an upset stomach due to diet or as a side effect of medication. Depending on the cause and severity, diarrhea will usuallyMan With Diarrhea clear up on its own or with the help of over-the-counter medication. However, if diarrhea symptoms are chronic or severe, it may be a sign of a more serious issue that requires medical treatment. Dr. Vikram Jayanty, a gastroenterologist in Houston, TX, offers a range of diagnostic and treatment options for digestive illnesses and disorders.


Heartburn Diagnosis and Treatment in Houston, TX

Stomach viruses like Norwalk and rotavirus, which can be highly contagious, are a common cause of diarrhea. Many travelers to foreign countries have also experienced what is commonly known as travelers diarrhea, which results from consuming water contaminated with a parasite or bacteria.

Other common causes of diarrhea include:

  • Medications like antibiotics or opiates
  • Digestive disorders like colitis, Chron's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, or celiac disease
  • Being lactose intolerant
  • Side effect from abdominal surgery
  • Certain food additives like fructose and artificial sweeteners


When Should You See a Doctor for Diarrhea?

Although most cases of diarrhea are typically not serious, chronic or prolonged diarrhea can lead to severe dehydration, especially for young infants, elderly adults, or people with weakened immune systems or underlying health problems. Diarrhea accompanied by other symptoms can also be a sign of an issue that requires medical attention. See a doctor if you or your child have diarrhea that lasts for more than two to three days, you have signs of dehydration, or additional symptoms like fever, abdominal pain, or black/bloody stool.


Find a Gastroenterologist in Houston, TX

For more information about the causes, prevention, and treatment tips for heartburn and other digestive issues and symptoms, contact our office today by calling (713) 932-9200 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jayanty.

By Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
December 21, 2018
Tags: Heartburn   Chest Pain  

Chronic medical issues, regardless of what they are, can disrupt your life and make regular activities such as eating, sleeping, or exercising difficult. This includes heartburn, an issue Dr. Vikram Jayanty commonly sees at his Heartburngastroenterology practice in Houston, Texas. If heartburn has been affecting your daily life, you've come to the right place for information about causes and treatment. Read on to learn more!


What is heartburn?

As you may know, heartburn doesn't actually involve the heart. However, within the body, the esophagus and stomach are located near the heart; in fact, the same nerves supply both the heart and the esophagus. When the acid in the stomach rises into the esophagus, it creates a burning sensation in that area of the body, along with an acidic taste in the mouth, bad-smelling breath, and even vomiting. Although most people have an episode of this nature a few times in their lives, many suffer from chronic heartburn, most commonly due to gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Untreated GERD can lead to erosion of the esophagus, damage to the enamel of your teeth, and even gastric cancer.


How is heartburn treated?

If the source of your heartburn has been diagnosed by your Houston gastroenterologist, diet and lifestyle changes are typically the first method of treatment. This includes avoiding foods and drinks that trigger heartburn (alcohol, coffee, and fatty, spicy, or acidic food), pillows to elevate the head during sleep, and smoking cessation. Medication to reduce the amount of acid in your stomach may also be helpful; there are over-the-counter options in addition to prescription drugs. Surgery to strengthen the muscle between the stomach and esophagus is usually considered a "last resort" when more conservative treatments have failed to bring relief.

If you have frequent heartburn, we want to help you manage it! Call (713) 932-9200 for our gastroenterology practice in Houston, Texas, and ask for an appointment with Dr. Vikram Jayanty today!

By Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
July 20, 2018
Tags: Heartburn  

HeartburnAbout a third of Americans struggle with a gastroenterological disorder called heartburn at least once each month according to Harvard Health Publications. It’s a form of indigestion that occurs after eating or drinking. It could be a minor annoyance for some patients, but it could also be a recurring symptom, and it could be related to another health condition or disorder. Find out what you and Dr. Vikram Jayanty, a Houston, TX, gastroenterologist, can do about your heartburn symptoms.

What Is Heartburn and What Causes It?
Heartburn is discomfort that is felt in the chest due to acid reflux. It’s caused by eating certain foods—spicy and salty foods in particular. These foods disrupt the digestive acids, causing them to regurgitate back to the chest and esophagus. Though it feels like the heart is “burning,” it’s not. When you experience multiple episodes in a short period of time, it is called GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Patients who are obese and don’t exercise often may be more prone to heartburn or GERD. 

Heartburn Treatments
Some cases of heartburn can be treated by simply taking antacid medication that helps neutralize stomach acid. But sometimes additional treatments are necessary and tests must be done to understand the true source of the issue. Proton-pump inhibitors (PPI medication) or H2 (histamine-2) blockers may be prescribed to limit acid production. Some drugs can help you digest your food more quickly. In cases where the esophagus is damaged from reflux, your Houston gastroenterologist may suggest a laparoscopic procedure.

What You Can Do
Heartburn is often caused or exacerbated by lifestyle choices. There are steps you can take to reduce or prevent symptoms, which include:

- Limit your consumption of spicy or acidic foods.
- Eat light meals throughout the day instead of heavy meals less frequently.
- Don’t eat right before you go to sleep.
- Consume less alcohol, coffee, and carbonated drinks.
- Consult with your doctor about dietary changes to lose weight.
- Avoid tobacco products.

Help for Heartburn 
Dr. Jayanty can help you manage and reduce the symptoms of heartburn or GERD. Call (713) 932-9200 today to schedule a visit to discuss your case at his office in Houston, TX.

By Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
May 24, 2018
Tags: Endoscopy  

Reasons For an  EndoscopyDo you need an endoscopy? Your gastroenterologist might suggest upper GI endoscopy, a procedure that uses a flexible endoscope to see inside the upper digestive tract. Dr. Vikram Jayanty in Houston, TX, offers a full range of gastroenterology services to his patients, including endoscopies.

1. Abdominal Pain- Just about everyone will experience abdominal pain at one point or another. Abdominal pain can be achy, crampy, intermittent, or sharp. Some common causes of abdominal pain include constipation, indigestion, a stomach virus, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, ulcers, and food allergies. Upper GI endoscopy can be used to deterĀ­mine the cause of abdominal pain. With this procedure, you can be assured of the accuracy of the diagnosis. 

2. Nausea/Vomiting- Nausea is the sensation that you need to vomit. Vomiting is the involuntary, forceful expulsion of stomach contents through the mouth. Nausea and vomiting are not diseases, but they are symptoms of many conditions. Nausea or vomiting may be caused by gastritis, ulcers, gallbladder disease, or food poisoning, or bulimia, and upper GI endoscopy is commonly used to help identify their causes. 

3. Chronic Heartburn- Heartburn, also known as acid indigestion, is a form of indigestion felt as a burning pain in the chest and is caused when stomach acid flows up into your esophagus. If you try medication and still have heartburn symptoms after a few months, your doctor might recommend an endoscopy to check for what might explain your troubles, like an ulcer or acid burns on the wall of the esophagus or stomach. 

4. GI Bleeding- Endoscopy is used most often to look for the cause of GI bleeding. Gastrointestinal bleeding (GI bleeding) is all forms of bleeding in the digestive tract, from the mouth to the rectum. When there is significant blood loss over a short time, symptoms may include vomiting black or red blood, black stool, or bloody stool. There are many possible causes of GI bleeding, including diverticulosis, diverticulitis, ulcers, inflammation, or tears in the esophagus, and Crohn's disease. 

5. Stomach Cancer- Houston doctors use upper endoscopy to screen for — and detect — stomach cancer. Stomach cancer begins when cancer cells develop in the inner lining of the stomach. Stomach cancer usually grows slowly over many years. There may be no symptoms of stomach cancer early on. Later, symptoms include heartburn, nausea, indigestion, and feeling bloated after eating. Endoscopy is more accurate than X-rays for detecting abnormal growths such as cancer. 

If you need an endoscopy, why wait? We can help you today. Call Dr. Jayanty at 713-932-9200 today to schedule an appointment in Houston, TX. People with digestive disorders often suffer for years because their conditions are inaccurately diagnosed and untreated. Our gastroenterologist will diagnose your condition, provide effective treatments, and improve the quality of your life.

By Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
April 25, 2018
Tags: Colon Cancer  

What your gastroenterologist in Houston, Texas wants you to know.colon cancer

Having a colonoscopy is the best way to screen for colon cancer and the best time to start routine screenings is typically when you are 50 years old. Dr. Vikram Jayanty in Houston, Texas wants to share the facts about when you should have a colonoscopy and why the test is so important.

Once you reach the age of 50, a colonoscopy becomes a vital tool to keep you healthy. The test screens for colon cancer and it can save your life. Colorectal cancer is rated third among the most common causes of death due to cancer.

If your colon is healthy, with no evidence of tissue abnormalities, you should have a colonoscopy every 10 years after your initial test. If your doctor finds evidence of abnormalities, you should have the test every 5 to 10 years after the initial test.

Colon cancer prevention isn’t the only reason to have a colonoscopy. Your doctor may recommend a colonoscopy if you experience:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Blood in your stool
  • Bleeding from your rectum
  • Recurrent constipation or diarrhea

A colonoscopy typically takes about 45 minutes and is performed in an outpatient setting. You will be sedated during the procedure, so plan on spending 2 to 3 hours for the test and bring someone with you to drive you home.

During the procedure, a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera attached is inserted into your rectum and moved up through your colon. The camera allows your doctor to view your colon and look for abnormal growths or tissue. Your doctor can remove any polyps or growths or take a small sample of tissue for biopsy.

Colon cancer screening is a vital tool to ensure you enjoy a lifetime of good health. According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer kills more than 49,000 people in the United States each year, so it’s time to take prevention seriously and schedule your colon cancer screening. For more information about colon cancer screening and other gastrointestinal services call Dr. Vikram Jayanty in Houston, Texas today!

By Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
January 24, 2018
Tags: diarrhea  

Are you suffering from diarrhea?diarrhea

Diarrhea is experienced by everyone and can be a sign of a serious disorder, such as inflammatory bowel disease, or even irritable bowel syndrome, especially if your diarrhea it lasts for several weeks. If you are worried about your gastrointestinal health, then you need to speak with Dr. Vikram Jayanty in Houston, TX.

Here is some information you may want to know before speaking or meeting with him.

What is diarrhea?

Diarrhea is loose, watery stools that may occur frequently. When you are suffering from diarrhea, you'll find yourself visiting the bathroom several times a day and experience a greater volume of stool.

You should visit your Houston gastroenterologist if you experience:

  • Diarrhea that lasts more than two days
  • Dehydration
  • Severe abdominal or rectal pain
  • Bloody or black stools
  • A fever above 102 F

What we know:

Diarrhea can also be dangerous. Here are few facts according to the CDC:

  • It may cause death by causing dehydration.
  • Approximately 88% of diarrhea-associated deaths are due to unsanitary water and insufficient hygiene.
  • Diarrhea causes more deaths in children than malaria, measles, and AIDS all together.
  • Contamination may occur to your water, food or objects that you use in several ways:
    1. People and animals defecate in water that people use for drinking.
    2. People use unclean water when irrigating crops.
    3. People don't wash their hands before preparing food.
    4. People with contaminated hands touch objects, such as cooking utensils

Traveling Soon?

Diarrhea occurs anywhere, but here's a list of high-risk places,

  • Most of Asia (except for Japan)
  • Most of the Middle East
  • Africa
  • Mexico
  • Central and South America.

By visiting Dr. Jayanty, you can find the reason for your diarrhea. Whether it is a serious condition, or not, your gastroenterologist will help find you relief from diarrhea. Call (713) 932-9200 in Houston, TX today!

By Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
January 15, 2018
Tags: Abdominal Pain  

Find out when your abdominal discomfort requires medical attention.abdominal pain

We know that most people will experience some sort of abdominal discomfort at some point during their lifetime. After all, from gastroenteritis (also commonly referred to as the “stomach bug”) to PMS to food allergies, there are a number of reasons someone might experience abdominal distress. So, when do your symptoms mean it’s time to visit our Houston, TX, gastroenterologist, Dr. Vikram Jayanty? Let’s find out!

When You Should Schedule an Appointment

Even though it might not be an immediate cause for concern, it’s a good idea to have your GI symptoms checked out if your abdominal pain lasts more than a few days or if the pain gets worse. We know that most people don’t want to see a doctor unless they have to, but it’s a good idea to give us a call and let us know more about your current symptoms so we can determine just how soon we should see you.

When to Get Immediate Care

You should have someone take you to the nearest emergency room or local urgent care center if you experience severe abdominal pain that is accompanied by:

  • A fever
  • Blood in the stool
  • Sudden or unexpected weight loss
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Abdominal swelling or tenderness
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin)

If abdominal pain has resulted from a trauma such as a car accident or sports injury it’s also important that you seek urgent medical attention, as you could be experiencing symptoms of internal bleeding.

Causes of Abdominal Pain

Unfortunately, it’s impossible for our Houston GI doctors to diagnose you or determine the cause of your abdominal discomfort without seeing you. Some of the more common causes of abdominal pain include:

  • Appendicitis (a medical emergency)
  • A bladder infection
  • Diverticulitis
  • Ovarian cyst
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • An obstruction of the intestines
  • Kidney infection
  • Kidney stones
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Gastritis
  • Food allergies
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)

If you are currently dealing with abdominal pain in Houston, TX, it’s important that you find out what’s going on. Don’t just suffer through these daily discomforts and pangs. Call our office today and let us know what symptoms you are experiencing and we will get you into our office to see one of our GI specialists as soon as possible.

By Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
September 27, 2017
Tags: diarrhea  

Diarrhea isn't pleasant to talk about and even less pleasant to experience personally. You can't eat, you have stomach diarrheacramps and you make frequent trips to the bathroom. In short, diarrhea in Houston, TX puts your day-to-day routine on hold. What can you do? if this uncomfortable gastrointestinal condition persists for more than two days, contact board-certified gastroenterologist, Dr. Vikram Jayanty. His kind attitude and extensive expertise will uncover the causes for your condition and help you heal.

The symptoms of diarrhea

They become all too familiar to us at one time or other. In fact, most children and adults experience one to two bouts of diarrhea yearly. Symptoms include:

  • Very frequent, very watery stools
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Nausea
  • Sore rectal area
  • Dehydration
  • Loss of appetite

Usually, diarrhea from the flu or even food poisoning resolves within a day or two. However, if you have an accompanying fever, chills, bloody stools and persistent vomiting, consult Dr. Jayanty at his Houston office about your diarrhea.

Causes of diarrhea

They vary from a simple cold or flu and spoiled food to overly spicy foods and anxiety or stress. More serious sources of diarrhea include:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS
  • Crohn's Disease, or ulcerative colitis
  • Celiac disease (sensitivity to gluten)
  • Lactose intolerance (when patients lack the enzyme which helps digest diary products)
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Allergies
  • Malabsorption related to advanced age or congenital defect

When a patient presents with symptoms of diarrhea, Dr. Jayanty performs a physical examination, takes a medical and prescription history and also listens carefully to the individual's complaints. His leading edge gastroenterology practice offers such diagnostic tests such as gastroscopy, endoscopy, colonoscopy, lactose and fructose intolerance testing, and more. The American Academy of Family Physicians says that a simple stool test can find hidden blood or parasites, helping the doctor hone in on possible causes for diarrhea.

Treatment for diarrhea

Dr. Jayanty offers these recommendations for simple cases of diarrhea. All of them aim to soothe the GI tract, hydrate and get you back to your normal routines.

Recommendations include:

  1. Clear liquids such as water, broth, sports drinks, Jello and juices (no pulp).
  2. Advancement of diet to bland foods such as rice, bananas, and dry toast.
  3. Taking antibiotics and/or over the counter anti-diarrhea medications such as Kaopectate and Immodium as appropriate
  4. Avoiding offending foods that have a high spice, fiber, dairy, gluten or caffeine content.

You can feel better

Dr. Jayanty can help. For more information on diarrhea or other GI conditions, please call the office in Houston, TX for an appointment. Phone (713) 932-9200.

By Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
July 25, 2017
Tags: Heartburn  

Do you suffer from heartburn often? Our Houston, TX, gastroenterologist, Dr. Vikram Jayanty, explains what you canheartburn do to alleviate your painful heartburn symptoms.

Why do I have heartburn?

Heartburn causes pain in the lower part of your chest and is often accompanied by a bad taste in your mouth. Symptoms occur if the acid from your stomach flows back into your esophagus and irritates the sensitive lining. Heartburn can occur if you lie down or exercise soon after eating. Spicy, fatty or acidic foods, such as onions, tomatoes or citrus fruits, can trigger heartburn. Other possible triggers include obesity, smoking or drinking alcohol. Medications may also play a role in heartburn. If you regularly take ibuprofen or aspirin, you may experience the painful burning sensation in your chest.

How can I relieve heartburn symptoms?

Avoiding foods that have triggered symptoms in the past can help you avoid the pain of heartburn. Because lying down can increase the risk of heartburn, it's best to remain upright or in a seated position for a few hours after meals. Delaying exercise sessions may also be helpful.

Over-the-counter antacids stop the burn by neutralizing acids, while H2 blockers lower stomach acid amounts. If over-the-counter medications aren't helpful, it's a good idea to visit our Houston office, particularly if you suffer from heartburn often. When heartburn occurs two or more times per week, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD).

If GERD is suspected, we may recommend examining your stomach and the upper part of your small intestines with an endoscope. During an endoscopy, we insert a thin, lighted probe that contains a miniature camera into your mouth. As we pass the scope through your esophagus, stomach and intestines, the camera sends real-time images to a digital screen, allowing us to spot any issues that may be causing your symptoms.

Based on the results of the endoscopy and other tests, we may recommend prescription and over-the-counter medications that will help control your symptoms. Although surgery usually isn't needed, it may be the best option in some cases.

Are you tired of living with heartburn pain? Schedule an appointment with our Houston, TX, gastroenterologist, Dr. Jayanty, by calling (713) 932-9200.