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Digestive Health Specialists

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Leading-edge technology and treatments at our conveniently-located Waterloo center for expert care close to home.

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Your care is our top concern as our knowledgeable experts work together throughout your entire experience — our physicians, medical providers and support staff are dedicated to taking care of you every step of the way.

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Coffee with Dr. Ravi #55: How to Improve Balance & Prevent Falls

On this week’s Coffee with Dr. Ravi, we’re talking about ways to improve your balance and prevent falls. We’ll cover how the body’s balance system works, conditions that can affect balance, and suggestions to prevent falls. If you have any topics you’d like to see covered, leave us a comment below and remember to check out […]

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Coffee with Dr. Ravi #54: Causes of Heart Failure and How to Prevent

On this week’s Coffee with Dr. Ravi, we begin a two-part discussion on heart failure. This week, we define what heart failure is, causes of heart failure and how to prevent it. We will continue this discussion in our next video, where we’ll chat about how to treat heart failure. Below are the slides from […]

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Coffee with Dr. Ravi #53: Treatment of Chronic Constipation

This week’s Coffee with Dr. Ravi, we finish up our constipation series with a discussion on the treatment of chronic constipation. We review the evaluation method for constipation, as well as several ways to treat constipation including fiber and laxatives. Below are this week’s slides.

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Capsule endoscopy is a procedure that allows video to be taken of the GI tract. By taking a pill that contains a miniature camera, the endoscopy passes through your digestive system during an eight-hour period.

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Colonoscopy is used to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions within the large intestine, which is also called the colon. Colonoscopy is recommended for men and woman age 50 and above.

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What we eat and drink has direct impact on our digestive system and any discomfort that results. A dietician can help evaluate your diet, recommend and oversee changes, and help you manage short-term and chronic gastrointestinal issues.

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During an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), dye is inserted in the pancreas and bile ducts using a flexible instrument called an endoscope. X-rays are then taken to outline these areas.

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Men and women age 50 and older are advised to have a colonoscopy, which can be used to screen for colon cancer. Open-access colonoscopy gives healthy patients of this age the opportunity to schedule a colonoscopy without visiting a physician’s office prior to the procedure.

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Remicade® (infliximab) is the newest medication used to treat Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. It is given by a medical professional via an IV infusion over a two-hour period and is used to suppress inflammation in the gut.

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The sigmoid colon is the last part of the large intestine prior to the rectum. Sigmoidoscopy allows physicians to examine the large intestine and rectum to check for abnormalities and take tissue samples, if necessary.

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Upper GI endoscopy, which is sometimes called esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), uses a lighted, flexible, fiber-optic endoscope to view and examine the upper intestinal tract. The upper GI tract includes the mouth, esophagus, and stomach.

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