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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.