Latest Articles by Gastroenterology Associates

6 Signs You Need to See a Gastroenterologist

Abnormal bowel movements, rectal bleeding, frequent heartburn, abdominal pain/bloating, trouble swallowing, and 50+ years of age are all triggers for scheduling a consultation with a gastroenterologist.
October 03, 2018

You may be instructed to visit a gastroenterologist, a digestive diseases specialist, if you are experiencing symptoms such as abnormal bowel movements, rectal bleeding, frequent heartburn, abdominal pain, bloating, trouble swallowing, or are of age to begin regularly screening for colorectal cancer.


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7 Proactive Steps Toward a Safer Colon

Sure, there are environmental and even genetic factors that help determine whether or not someone will develop a disease of the colon, but there are plenty of lifestyle choices to help minimize the risk, too. Here are seven proactive steps you can take to help improve your colorectal health.
August 28, 2018

Your colon is an integral part of your digestive system. This year, an estimated 97,220 people in the United States will be diagnosed with colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer.


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Long Island Center for Digestive Health Wins APEX Quality Award

For the fourth consecutive year, Long Island Center for Digestive Health (LICDH) has been awarded the prestigious APEX Quality Award, a national mark of distinction recognizing providers who demonstrate the highest level of patient satisfaction and overall care.
July 25, 2018

We’re Honored!

Long Island Center for Digestive Health (LICDH) proudly announces we have been named the recipient of the 2017 APEX Quality Award, for the fourth consecutive year.


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Understanding Gallbladder Pain

Gallbladder pain originates in the upper right quadrant of your abdomen and ranges from mild to severe.
July 06, 2018

The pain associated with gallstones (cholelithiasis) and gallbladder inflammation (cholecystitis) can be excruciating. Consequently, learning how to properly identify and remedy such attacks is mission critical.

The following breaks down the fundamental facts about the gallbladder and this common condition affecting approximately 10 to 15 percent of the U.S. adult population—with about 1 million cases presenting annually—including preventative measures and treatment options.


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Pain Locator: Where Does it Hurt?

Abdominal pain can have a wide range of causes. Understanding the nine regions and four quadrants of your abdomen can help pinpoint possible origins and identify associated ailments. Here's a helpful guide.
May 10, 2018

Abdominal pain could be indicative of many ailments, ranging from gas and constipation to gallstones or pancreatitis. Understanding the type of pain you're experiencing, where it's originating from, and the severity of your ailment, could help you get the correct treatment before symptoms worsen.


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What to Expect: Colonoscopy vs Upper Endoscopy

To understand a colonoscopy vs upper endoscopy, it's important to note the procedures' similarities and distinctions—such as their combined role investigating symptoms and identifying and removing cancerous and pre-cancerous polyps; as well as the different digestive tract regions inspected by each.
May 10, 2018

A colonoscopy and upper endoscopy are two procedures performed frequently by gastroenterologists to view and examine various portions of your digestive tract. Colonoscopies inspect the large intestine (colon and rectum) while upper endoscopies observe the esophagus, stomach and the first part of the small intestine.


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Start Spreading the News: It's Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! Read about the success of this educational effort put forth by President Clinton in February 2000. Also includes information regarding individuals who may have a heightened risk of developing colorectal cancer.
March 23, 2018

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! That means it’s the perfect time for healthcare providers and their patients to join forces in continuing to spread awareness about the disease itself, as well as about screening, prevention, and treatment.


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Stress-Free Upper Endoscopy Preparation Guide

To prepare for an Upper Endoscopy (EGD), you’ll be instructed to refrain from certain food and drink in the hours, or days, leading up to your procedure. Diabetics, smokers, and those on certain medications may be given additional instructions for EGD preparation.
March 23, 2018

An upper endoscopy (or EGD) is a simple and safe procedure that benefits the lives of millions of Americans each year. Still, we know that scheduling an upper endoscopy could be intimidating, so we put together some information to shed light on the procedure and preparation guidelines to alleviate some of your worries.


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