Tags
Blog

'digestive' posts

Patient story: Anti-Reflux Surgery Cures 30 years of GERD symptoms

"I began experiencing heartburn symptoms in my mid-thirties and was in my forties when I first had GERD issues.  My symptoms were aggravated greatly with menopause and grew progressively worse as the years went along.  By the time I was 55 my reflux was something I dealt with when eating and drinking late at night.  If I went to a party and ate rich foods in the evening, I often woke up a few hours after falling asleep with acid shooting up from my stomach and getting trapped in my throat.  The acid caused me to have burning and choking spasms that would often last a couple hours until finally, exhausted, I would fall asleep.  As long as I restricted my diet I was fine.

By the time I turned 60 my symptoms grew unmanageable.  I stopped eating anything that would aggravate my system. The pain was so severe and the symptoms so horrible that I stopped drinking alcohol or eating many of my favorite foods.  I am Italian and found I could no longer handle the red sauce used in my favorite recipes.   I would cook the holiday meal for my family and barely touch the food.  Six months prior to surgery my husband and I had truly stopped socializing with family and friends.

The past couple of years my reflux symptoms continued to worsen and ...

Bariatric Surgery: Helping with the neurobiology of obesity

"Today's epidemic of overweight and obesity threatens the historic progress we have made in increasing America's quality and years of healthy life."  Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, wrote in The Surgeon General's Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation 2010.  As we gain weight, we impact our health. 


There are multiple factors and causes of obesity. Thirty years ago, 13% of Americans were obese. Today, over 34% are obese.  What we eat, our children will eat.  The prevalence of obesity in children has increased from 5% to 17% over the same period according to the CDC.

The field of investigation is constantly growing regarding the metabolic, hormonal, and behavioral relationships that lead to obesity. Obesity is complex ...

Spring allergies may make it difficult to swallow

Eosinophilic esophagitis is a disease characterized by the presence of a large number of eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, which causes inflammation in the esophagus. This inflammation can lead to stiffening or narrowing of the esophagus, which can lead to difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) or food getting stuck in the esophagus. The cause in adults has not been clearly identified, but an allergic reaction to environmental and/or food allergens have been suggested in individuals who are genetically susceptible. There is a strong association with food allergies, environmental allergies, asthma, and atopic dermatitis.

Hence, the worsening of symptoms during Spring and Fall...

Guide to milk alternatives

Navigating the world of dairy-free living can be overwhelming! There are so many milk alternatives on the market these days and unfortunately, not all are created equally.

The following guides break down the pros and cons of each milk substitute while looking into specific nutrients, availability, use in cooking, and other allergens. Remember that if your child is not drinking milk, we need to ensure they receive enough fat, protein, calcium and vitamin D, so always compare food labels to make sure you are making the best choice for your dairy-free child.

Choosing a specialty center for colonoscopy and complex polypectomy instead of surgery for large colon polyps

It is widely known that colonoscopy not only detects colon cancers but enables the removal of pre-cancerous polyps.  Large polyps are sometimes detected during a colonoscopy that the physician feels are too large to safely remove by standard polypectomy techniques.  Many patients with large benign polyps are sent for surgery because their physicians feel they cannot remove them through the colonoscope.

However, the vast majority of large, non-cancerous colon polyps can be completely removed by colonoscopy at specialized centers, allowing patients to avoid the discomfort and potential risks of partial colon resection.  Studies have shown that

Worried about getting a colonoscopy?

Are you worried or anxious about getting a colonoscopy?  Have you been putting off getting a colonoscopy?  If so, no need to worry, you are not alone because most individuals are nervous, too.  However, it is important to remember that a colonoscopy may be a lifesaving procedure.

It is recommended that beginning at 50 both men and women start being screened for colon cancer.  A common screening for colon cancer is a colonoscopy which searches for polyps.  An early detection of colon cancer increases survival rates.

Raman Menon, M.D., from the Swedish Colon and Rectal Surgery Clinic, will be speaking at a free upcoming event in Edmonds and answering your questions.The goal of the event is to help you become educated about what a colonoscopy entails in order to ease any anxiety and/or fear you may be experiencing.  The event will be interactive and Dr. Menon will explain the role a colonoscopy plays as a preventative measure of colon cancer.  He will speak about each step of the colonoscopy procedure and will be available to answer any questions you may have.

Recommended vaccinations for those with IBD

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a persistent inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal system affecting over one million Americans. Treatment of IBD often requires altering a patient’s immune response and can increase the risk for infectious complications. To help prevent this, the American Gastroenterological Association and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation have published immunization guidelines for IBD patients. Despite these recommendations, less than half of IBD patients are up-to-date on their recommended immunizations. Studies show that the most common reason for missing vaccinations is the lack of awareness that immunizations are safe and recommended.


If you are immune-suppressed, inactivated vaccines are safe and should be given. I would recommend:
Results 1-7 of 55