Doctors in gastroenterology focus on the study, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the digestive system, or gastrointestinal tract (GI). Related parts of the body include the mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, small intestine1, large intestine2, and anus.
For both men and women, the third most common cancer is colorectal cancer, affecting one in five (20 percent) of adults3. Screening, which sometimes includes colonoscopy, is still the best colorectal cancer prevention.
Occasional indigestion, cramping or abdominal pain, and acid reflux are normal and relatively common. Persistent or regular discomfort like this isn’t normal, however, and several conditions that start with these symptoms can become severe. Only a physician can tell the difference. Talk with a gastroenterologist who can determine whether you need medical treatment.
Some of these serious, long-term conditions may improve if you change your diet – not just what you eat, but also when you eat and how much. If you have, or think you have, celiac disease, diverticulitis, diverticulosis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or colitis set up a consultation to review your diet and create a management plan with one of our team members.
Your ARC Clinical Team
Dr. Muhannad G. Al Hanayneh, Dr. Weiwei Cao, Dr. Maria E. Chiejina, Dr. Neema Saraiya, and Melissa Sauls, APRN, FNP-C, are your gastroenterologists at Austin Regional Clinic. They work with your primary doctor to provide consultation, evaluation, and treatment for a wide variety of digestive conditions. You can visit them at the ARC locations below.
1 The small intestine is sometimes called the small bowel.
2 The large intestine is often referred to as the bowel, large bowel, or colon.
3 U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2010 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2013. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/uscs.
4 These conditions sometimes get mixed up and listed incorrectly as ‘irritable bowel disease’ or ‘inflammatory bowel syndrome’.