Phone 281-528-1511 Fax 281-419-8485
Office hours by appointment: M-F 8:00am - 5:00pm.
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Dr. Shailaja Behara, a board-certified gastroenterologist, uses a patient-centered approach to diagnose and manage gastrointestinal symptoms and conditions. She provides Outpatient and Inpatient consultations. In addition to consultations in digestive diseases she provides colonoscopy screenings.
Our office provides a calming environment where we answer your questions and engage you as an active participant in your healthcare. Patient education is an integral part of our treatment plan.
Some of the digestive health medical conditions we evaluate and treat include:
| • Abdominal pain|
• Acid reflux (GERD)
• Barrett’s esophagus
• Bile duct abnormalities
• Celiac Disease
• Colon cancer screening and polyp removal
• Crohn’s disease and colitis
• Esophageal cancer/stricture
• Gall stones
| • Gastroparesis|
• Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) infection
• Hiatal hernia
• Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
• Liver cancer
• Nutritional counseling
• Rectal bleeding/urgency/incontinence
• Swallowing problems
• Ulcer disease
Dr. Behara specializes in an extensive list of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures of the gastrointestinal tract and offers endoscopic services at state of the art facilities with cutting edge technology. She continuously enhances her skills and acquires new techniques by advanced course training and education. To accommodate the busy schedules and limited time of our patients, for qualified patients we offer direct access endoscopy (DAE) to provide screening colonoscopy examination. Please call our office for details at 281-528-1511.
Procedures we offer include:
• Preventive and Diagnostic Colonoscopies: Getting Ready, Do’s and Don’ts
A colonoscopy is a common gastrointestinal procedure used to evaluate the large intestine, or colon. Dr. Behara performs the procedure to evaluate symptoms such as abdominal pain, change in bowel habits, blood in the stool, sudden weight loss, and to help determine the causes of issues including inflammation, ulcers, colon polyps and colon cancer. Dr. Behara recommends colonoscopies for routine colon cancer screening, starting at age 50 (or sooner if a family member had colon cancer).
Nulytely Trilyte Golytely
SPLIT DOSE Nulytely Trilyte Golytely
SPLIT DOSE Moviprep
Prepopik (both methods)
SPLIT DOSE Suprep
Extended Bowel Prep
• Polyp Removal and Colon Cancer prevention:
• Upper Endoscopy (EGD): Preparation Instructions
EGD is a common gastrointestinal procedure that evaluates the lining of the esophagus, the stomach, and the duodenum. Dr. Behara performs this procedure to evaluate symptoms of the esophagus, the stomach, and the duodenum, and to diagnose disorders such as peptic ulcers, Stomach cancer, Esophagitis and Barrett’s esophagus.
• Wireless Capsule Endoscopy (small bowel Capsule Endoscopy): Preparation Instructions
A disposable capsule containing video camera, light, transmitter, and battery is swallowed and records a video of the small intestine lining as it slowly passes though the small bowel. Dr. Behara performs this procedure to identify the source of obscure blood loss or unexplained iron deficiency anemia, and other conditions such as small bowel tumors, Celiac disease, or Crohn’s disease.
• Diagnostic and Therapeutic Pancreatic Biliary Endoscopy (ERCP): Preparation Instructions
ERCP is a combined endoscopic and radiological examination of the bile duct system and pancreatic ducts, at times coupled with the controlled endoscopic cutting of the outlet of those ducts and removal of gall stones from the bile ducts. Dr. Behara performs ERCP with expertise in this procedure.
• Esophageal Manometry and Esophageal PH Monitoring: Preparation Instructions, 24-hour ph impedence testing
• Hemorrhoid Banding: Preparation Instructions
At Dr. Behara’s office, we use the CRH O. Regan System to treat internal hemorrhoids. This is a highly effective (99.1 %), minimally invasive procedure that is performed in our office in less than a minute. If there are multiple hemorrhoids, we treat them one at a time in separate visits. In most cases, banding can take place during your first appointment.
• Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG): Preparation Instructions
• Flexible Sigmoidoscopy:
Used for examination of the lower 30% of the colon and rectum.
• Esophageal Dilation:
Procedure used to treat esophageal conditions such as esophageal strictures, rings, and webs, using controlled stretching, balloon dilators, or Savary/Maloney dilators.
An examination of the anus performed with an instrument only several inches in length, primarily to evaluate for hemorrhoids and fissures.
• Argon Plasma Coagulation:
Used for the ablation treatment of various abnormal vascular structures of the upper and lower digestive tract.
Regional Digestive Consultants provides infusion therapy for people living with Inflammatory Bowel diseases (IBD) like Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease by highly trained nurses in a very convenient and relaxed office atmosphere. Please call our office for details at (281)-528-1511.
Immunomodulators and biologic treatments can effectively induce and maintain remission of IBD and Crohn’s disease while limiting the need for steroids.
Our Commitment to Patient Satisfaction
Patient satisfaction is our goal and when you leave our office we want you to feel that you have been treated with courtesy, warmth and respect. To achieve that we strive to minimize long waits for your appointment, provide a quick and efficient response to your illness, maintain a comfortable and relaxed environment, prompt referral to other specialties when needed and timely communication with other health care providers.
Please contact our office for further details by calling us at 281-528-1511.
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