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By Ravi Singh, MD
August 17, 2022
Category: GI Care
Tags: Colonoscopy  

Find out why everyone should get a colonoscopy at some point during their lifetime.

Many people put off seeing a doctor, especially when they need it most. But if you are dealing with abdominal pain and digestive issues that aren’t going away, it’s always a safe bet that you should turn to a gastroenterologist. Both healthy individuals of a certain age and those dealing with gut problems can benefit from turning to our Suffolk County, NY, gastroenterologist Dr. Ravi Singh for a colonoscopy.

You’re Over 45

Once you hit 45 years old, one of the best birthday presents you can give yourself is the gift of health. As you get older, the risk of colorectal cancer increases. Indeed the best and only way to detect this form of cancer early is a colonoscopy. While we know it isn’t the most festive way to celebrate turning another year older, getting a routine colonoscopy from our Suffolk County, NY, gastroenterology team could just save your life.

You Have a Family History of Colorectal Cancer

If your family has a history of colorectal cancer or colon polyps, this puts you at an increased risk for developing colorectal cancer. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that you will get colorectal cancer, it’s essential that you do everything you can to reduce your risk. One of the best ways is by turning to our team every decade for a routine colonoscopy.

You Have a History of Colon Polyps

A colonoscopy isn’t just used for detecting colorectal cancer; it can also be a valuable tool for detecting and removing colon polyps before they can turn cancerous. Suppose you’ve had a colonoscopy with us in the past, and we’ve removed colon polyps. In that case, it’s even more critical that you keep up with your routine colonoscopies to ensure any new polyps are removed as soon as possible. If you’ve had colon polyps removed in the past, find out how often you should come in for routine colonoscopies.

You’re Dealing with Digestive Issues

If you are dealing with persistent abdominal pain, unexpected and sudden weight loss, diarrhea or constipation that is impacting your quality of life, a colonoscopy is one of the best tools we have for determining what’s causing these symptoms. A colonoscopy can help us take a closer look at the digestive tract to detect inflammation, bleeds, obstructions and other problems that could lead to these chronic issues.

Whether you just turned 50 years old, have a family history of colorectal cancer or are dealing with digestive issues that aren’t going away, turning to our Suffolk County, NY, gastroenterologist Dr. Singh and the Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates team for a colonoscopy can give you the answers and peace of mind you’re looking for. Call us at (631) 289-0300 to schedule a consultation.

By Ravi Singh, MD
December 09, 2021
Category: GI Care
Tags: Heartburn   Acid Reflux  

Heartburn vs Acid Reflux: Know the Difference.

Heartburn can feel like a burning discomfort somewhere along where your heart is located, but it has nothing to do with the blood-pumping organ. You may feel the same discomfort along your throat and neck as it is brought on by acid from your stomach coming back up your esophagus, which is not equipped to handle these acids like your stomach is. Heartburn is not that uncommon and is commonly caused by certain foods in our diet, and by exacerbated by conditions such as acid reflux. If you want to learn if your heartburn could be brought on acid reflux then reach out to your Suffolk County, NY, professionals of Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates in East Patchogue, NY.

Acid Reflux

Over-the-counter antacids can be effective in treating heartburn, but if you find yourself reaching for these too often then it's possible you may be dealing with acid reflux.

Acid reflux and heartburn are often used interchangeably, but while heartburn does not always mean you suffer from acid reflux, know that recurring heartburn is a symptom of it. It is also often accompanied by other symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, and throat discomfort, among others.

Your esophagus connects to your stomach and when working properly it can drive food into it without allowing acids from the stomach to return back into it. Acid reflux can develop when this connection, and the muscles that allow it to function, are weakened.

Seeking Treatment

To treat your heartburn your Suffolk County, NY, gastroenterologist in East Patchogue, NY, will first diagnose you for acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which is a chronic form of acid reflux.

Lifestyle and dietary changes, along with prescribed medication, can be used to successfully treat the condition. More severe cases may require surgical intervention, so it's important to seek help from your doctor if heartburn or other symptoms are interfering with your daily life.

If you live in or around Suffolk County, NY, and are seeking relief from heartburn then schedule a consultation today with your local experts of Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates in East Patchogue, NY, by dialing (631) 289-0300.

By Ravi Singh, MD
July 13, 2020
Category: GI Care
Tags: Abdominal Pain  

Abdominal pain is drastically uncomfortable for you and sometimes difficult for your doctor to pinpoint and understand. At Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates in Suffolk County, NY, your seven gastroenterologists help patients with a wide variety of conditions which cause this trying discomfort. Here's information on the causes.

What, where and how long?

When you visit your physician in Suffolk County about your abdominal pain be sure to tell him:

  • Where your pain is located (the abdomen is divided into four sections or quadrants--upper right and left, lower right and left)
  • When it started and what, if anything, may relieve it (is it constant or intermittent?)
  • What it feels like (burning, stabbing, cramping)

Also, tell your doctor about any accompanying symptoms such as fever (101.5 or higher in an adult requires medical treatment), diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, constipation, bleeding, or tarry stools. Does changing position, eating or antacids help?

Typically, sudden abdominal discomfort is more concerning than chronic pain spread out over several weeks. Tell your doctor if your abdominal pain radiates to another part of your body, including your shoulder or buttocks.

Causes of abdominal pain

To determine the cause of your abdominal pain, your gastroenterologist at Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates in Suffolk County will order blood work, focusing especially on your white blood cell and red blood cell count as indicators of infection, inflammation and bleeding. Also, they'll examine enzyme levels, such as lipase. You may need imaging tests such as an MRI, CT scan, barium X-ray or colonoscopy.

Possible causes of abdominal pain vary in seriousness. Unfortunately, they comprise about eight percent of hospital emergency room visits in the United States, reports American Family Physician. They can include:

  • Pregnancy and menstruation
  • Appendicitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Crohn's Disease
  • Cholecystitis, an inflammation and blockage of the gallbladder and common bile duct
  • Gastritis, or the common stomach flu
  • Food poisoning
  • Ulcers
  • Acid reflux disease
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Pancreatitis
  • Kidney stones

Fortunately, many reasons for belly pain can be eliminated with dietary changes and/or medication. Your GI specialist will work with you to determine what steps are necessary to manage or eliminate your specific problem.

Find out more

At Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates in Suffolk County, your professional team has your best interests in mind as they sort through your abdominal pain symptoms and arrive at a treatment plan which works. Call the office in Patchogue, NY, for a friendly and helpful consultation. We want you to be healthy and feel your best. Phone (631) 289-0300.

By Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates
October 31, 2018
Category: GI Care
Tags: Colon Cancer  

5 Signs You May Have Colon Cancer

Colorectal cancer, also called colon cancer, is cancer that develops in the colon or the rectum. Colon cancer is the second leading cancer killer in America, but it doesn’t have to be. If you are 50 or older, getting a colon cancer screening test could save your life. Brookhaven Gastroenterology, serving Suffolk County, NY, offers the latest treatments for gastrointestinal conditions. Here are five signs you may have colon cancer.

1. Abdominal Pain- Just about everyone at one point or another will experience abdominal pain. Abdominal pain is usually short-lived and is often not serious. However, abdominal pain can sometimes be a sign of colon cancer. Colon cancer can cause persistent abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas, or pain. One cause is tearing (perforation) of the bowel.

2. Blood in the Stool- Blood in the stool can be associated with colon cancer. However, it does not necessarily indicate cancer. Bleeding in the digestive tract can have numerous causes, including anal tears, hemorrhoids, Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Additionally, iron and some foods, such as beets, can give the stool a red or black appearance, falsely indicating blood in the stool. 

3. Unexplained Weight Loss- Unexplained weight loss, or losing weight without trying — can be associated with colon cancer. Unexplained weight loss is the loss of 10 pounds or more in six months or less without knowing the reason. Most patients with colon cancer will lose weight at some point. Cancer cells use up a lot of the body's energy cells, which can cause weight loss. 

4. Lethargy and Fatigue- Fatigue is a feeling of exhaustion that doesn't go away with rest. Most of the time fatigue can be traced to one or more of your routines or habits. On occasion, fatigue is a symptom of an underlying condition that requires treatment. Colorectal cancer can cause fatigue due to internal blood loss or the cancer cells using up the body's energy. 

5. Change in Bowel Habits- The term "change in bowel habits" can mean almost anything including a change in consistency, or frequency of the stools. People with colon cancer may experience diarrhea, constipation, incomplete evacuation, narrowing of stools, and bowel incontinence. While cancer can be a cause for changes in bowel habits, it's obvious that many other things can do the same thing. 

If you need to get a colon cancer screening, call Brookhaven Gastroenterology at (631) 289-0300 today to schedule an appointment at the office in East Patchogue, NY, and serving Suffolk County, NY. A simple colon cancer screening in our office could save your life!

By Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates
August 23, 2017
Category: GI Care
Tags: GI Procedures  

Our gastroenterologists are devoted to diagnosing and treating digestive and liver diseases for their patients. Gastroenterology is theGI Procedures practice of evaluating the intestines, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas for abnormalities. A variety of procedures including a colonoscopy can help them detect potential problems in Suffolk County, NY.

About GI Procedures

Some common GI procedures performed by Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates include (and are not limited to):

  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Endoscopic Ultrasonography
  • Upper Endoscopy
  • 24 hour pH testing using Bravo
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Esophageal Dilation
  • Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

A colonoscopy in Suffolk County examines the lining of the large intestine (the colon) for any abnormalities. A thin flexible tube is inserted into the anus and slowly advanced into the rectum and colon. This colonoscope has a lens and light source that allows your gastroenterologist to view images on a monitor. This GI procedure is recommended for screening for colorectal cancer. It also is used to evaluate bleeding or chronic diarrhea symptoms. A clear liquid diet is required the day before the procedure.

Another GI procedure performed by your gastroenterologist is endoscopic ultrasonography. This allows them to examine the stomach and esophageal lining and the upper and lower GI tract down the lower tract. This studies organs near the tract too such as the lungs, liver, pancreas and the gallbladder. This test is done to get detailed images of the digestive tract and to diagnose a variety of digestive disorders. It also is used to evaluate known abnormalities seen at endoscopy procedures or on x-rays. It can diagnose diseases of the bile duct, gallbladder and pancreas too. It also helps to determine the spread of certain cancers and could save lives.

To learn more about a colonoscopy in Suffolk County, NY, or other GI procedures, call to schedule an appointment at 631-289-0300.