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Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
10837 Katy Freeway, Suite 175
Houston, TX 77079
(713) 932-9200
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Posts for: December, 2014

December 19, 2014
Category: Health
Tags: Colon Cancer  

According to the American Cancer Society, most people should begin routine colon cancer screening at the age of 50, if not earlier. Therefore, if you are nearing 50, now is the time to begin thinking about visiting Dr. Vikram S. Jayanty for gastroenterology in Houston TX and then to go ahead and make an appointment for a colon cancer screening.

Then, once you've chosen Dr. Jayanty for gastroenterology in Houston TX and scheduled your appointment, the next step is to prepare for your colon cancer screening. Here are a few of the most common methods of preparation gastroenterology doctors in Houston TX recommend.

Laxatives

Your colon needs to be clean before Dr. Jayanty can look inside it. A laxative is an easy and effective way to make sure that all of the food you've consumed lately is out of your system before your screening. Be sure to stay near the bathroom if you need to go this route.

Special Diet

Dr. Jayanty may also recommend a special diet before your colon screening, most commonly a liquid diet. On this special diet, you can generally consume clear liquids like water, fruit juice, broth, coffee, tea or ginger ale. Gelatin is also generally okay, but milk and cream are not.

Fasting

If you need your system to be especially clear before gastroenterology in Houston TX, your doctor might also ask you to fast for a certain amount of time, typically the evening and the morning before your test.

Medications

Lastly, your doctor might also request that you take or stop taking certain medications prior to your test. Be sure to speak to your doctor before starting or stopping any medications on your own to prevent any other health complications.

In case you are wondering, there are a few tests that require little to no prep at all. For example, both the fecal occult blood test and the fecal immunochemical test require no bowel prep in advance. These tests are less thorough than traditional colon cancer screening tests, however, so you will want to speak to your doctor to find the best option for you.

With all the prep that needs to be done to clear your colon ahead of time, colon cancer screenings are very little fun. They are incredibly important for preventing colon cancer, however, so be sure to listen to your doctor and follow his instructions closely. It just may save your life.


By Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
December 01, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged
Experiencing abdominal pain can be downright intolerable sometimes. While most people only experience mild symptoms that often go away on their own, some people have to put up with long-term or more serious pain. If you have abdominal pain that is causing you distress, it’s time to talk to your Houston gastroenterologist about what could be causing your symptoms.
 
What are the common causes of abdominal pain?
 
The minor causes of abdominal pain:
 
- Indigestion
 
- Gas
 
- Food allergies (e.g. lactose intolerance)
 
- Menstrual cramps
 
- Constipation
 
- Urinary tract infection
 
Other causes of abdominal pain:
 
- Ulcers
 
- Hernia
 
- Kidney Stones
 
- Endometriosis
 
- Crohn’s disease
 
- Appendicitis
 
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
 
When should I call my doctor about my abdominal pain?
 
Because abdominal pain can have several causes, including more minor ones, it can be hard to know when it’s time to see the doctor; however, if you experience any of these symptoms, call us right away:
 
You’re unable to keep food down for days
Your pain is caused by an abdominal injury
You’ve been experiencing this pain for several days
You experience painful urination
You’re unable to pass stools
Your abdomen is tender to the touch
Seek treatment immediately if there is blood in your vomit or stools, if you have problems breathing or if you’re pregnant.
 
How do I know what is causing my abdominal pain?
 
Leave this to Dr. Vikram S. Jayanty! As you can see there are so many different causes for abdominal pain and the main way we can pinpoint the culprit is through a physical exam. We will ask you a series of questions regarding the pain you are experiencing to get a better sense of what is going on. We often run blood, stool and urine tests, as well as ultrasounds, CT scans or X-rays to help us reach a diagnosis.
 
How will you treat my abdominal pain?
 
Your treatment plan will depend solely on your diagnosis. Some patients will receive medications to decrease inflammation while those with infections will be prescribed antibiotics. We will also discuss dietary and lifestyle changes that you will need to incorporate in order to eliminate your pain. If you have been diagnosed with a hernia or appendicitis, then surgery will be essential.
 
If you’re concerned about your abdominal pain or you’ve been experiencing some uncomfortable symptoms, don’t just suffer through it. Give your Houston gastroenterologist a call today at (713) 932-9200 so we can get you an appointment.