Digestive Health in Oakbrook Terrace & Burbank, IL

Conditions

 
 

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), commonly known as acid reflux, is a chronic condition classified by frequent occurrences of heartburn. GERD occurs when the liquid content of the stomach regurgitates or refluxes into the esophagus. A high level of acid in the liquid causes inflammation and damage to the lining of the esophagus, which may result in heartburn, regurgitation, nausea and trouble swallowing. More severe cases may lead to ulcers or asthma. GERD may be caused by structural abnormalities within the lower esophageal sphincter or from a hiatal hernia. While GERD is a chronic condition that cannot be cured, most of the symptoms can treated to effectively reduce the severity and frequency through lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medication. Surgery may be required for more severe cases.
 
 

Stomach Ulcers

Stomach ulcers are sores or lesions found within the mucous membranes of the gastrointestinal area, known as peptic ulcers. These ulcers affect almost 5 million people each year. Peptic ulcers are found either in the stomach (gastric ulcers), or in the duodenum (part of the intestines), known as duodenal ulcers. The most common symptom of an ulcer is a gnawing or burning sensation in the abdomen. Other symptoms may include: Back pain Loss of appetite Bloating Nausea Weakness After an ulcer is diagnosed, it can usually be treated quickly and effectively. Treatment for an ulcer usually includes antibiotic medication, acid suppressors and stomach protectors. Lifestyle changes can also help treat and prevent ulcers. Unresponsive ulcers can be the result of serious complications such as stomach cancer.

The most common symptom of an ulcer is a gnawing or burning sensation in the abdomen. Other symptoms may include:
 
  • Back pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bloating
 
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
 
 
 

Gastritis

Gastritis is a group of digestive conditions classified by an inflammation of the stomach lining. This can be a result of a bacterial infection, excessive alcohol use, stress, or a number of other factors. Gastritis can be acute or chronic, but is usually not a serious condition. Gastritis usually occurs when the mucus lining on the stomach is weakened and becomes damaged and inflamed by digestive juices. People with gastritis often experience abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and feelings of fullness. Treatment for gastritis depends on the type and cause of the condition. This can include stopping use of pain relievers or alcohol, antibiotics or medication to reduce stomach acid. If left untreated, gastritis can lead to stomach ulcers or bleeding, and can also increase the risk for stomach cancer.
 
 

Hepatitis

Hepatitis is a liver infection caused by a viral infection that can become a serious, chronic condition and may permanently damage the liver. This infection is spread through the blood and other bodily fluids of an infected person and can be transmitted through shared needles, sexual contact or even traveling to contaminated areas of the world. Many people with hepatitis experience symptoms similar to the flu. Some of these symptoms may include: Nausea Vomiting Loss of appetite Fatigue Abdominal pain Fever Jaundice Some cases of hepatitis will clear from the body within six months, while others may become a chronic condition. Medications may be used in some cases to treat this condition.

Many people with hepatitis experience symptoms similar to the flu. Some of these symptoms may include:
 
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
 
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Jaundice
 
 
 

Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas, the long, flat gland between the small intestine and spleen that secretes enzymes to digest food and secretes insulin and glucagon. When inflamed, the enzymes become active and attack the pancreas. Pancreatitis can be an acute or chronic condition that may cause symptoms such as: Pain in the upper abdomen Chest pain Nausea and vomiting Fever Rapid pulse Dehydration Pancreatitis is believed to be caused by a combination of environmental and genetic factors, but heavy alcohol consumption is a leading cause of both acute and chronic cases. Treatment for this condition is important because if untreated, it can lead to infection, respiratory failure, diabetes and shock. Common treatment options include hospitalization, alcohol abuse treatment, pain relief, enzyme therapy and diet changes.

Pancreatitis can be an acute or chronic condition that may cause symptoms such as:
 
  • Pain in the upper abdomen
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
 
  • Fever
  • Rapid pulse
  • Dehydration
 
 
 

Colorectal Polyp Evaluation

Colon polyps are a common condition that affect up to 30 percent of older adults in the US. This condition is characterized by a small cluster of cells that form on the lining of the colon, also known as the large intestine. Most polyps are not cancerous and are simply a result of abnormal cell growth, but some can gradually turn into colon cancer, so regular screening and removal of all polyps is important. Certain factors may put you at a higher risk for developing colon polyps. Some of these factors include being over the age of 50, being male, a family history of polyps, smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity. Regular colon screenings are recommended for people over the age of 50. If any abnormalities are found or you are experiencing signs of colon polyps, your doctor may perform a series of diagnostic tests such as a digital rectal exam, barium enema, sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy.
 

Services We Offer

 
 
  • Stomach Ulcers
  • Gastritis
  • Hepatitis
 
  • Pancreatitis
  • Colorectal Polyp Evaluation
  • Upper Panendoscopy
 
  • Colonoscopy
  • ERCP
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound
 
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Infrared Coagulation of Hemmorhoids