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Regional Digestive ConsultantsDr. Behara, MD, AGAFDr. Shailaja BeharaRDCRegional Digestive Consultants


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Following are common symptoms of Gastrointestinal diseases and digestive diets put together by Dr. Behara with tips for a diet plan for the convenience and the benefit of patients.

Gastroenterology Diets:

Anti-Dumping Post-Gastrectomy Diet

Bland Diet

BRAT Diet, BRATY Diet, CRM Diet

Celiac Disease and Gluten Free Diet

Clear Liquid Diet

Colostomy, Ileostomy & Rectal Pouch Diets

Common Diets Prescribed for Cancer Patients

Diet for High Triglyceride Levels

Diet for Wilson’s Disease

Dysphasia Diet – Difficulty in Swallowing

Fiber & Residue Restricted Diet

Foods Containing Vitamin K

Full Liquid Diet

Gallstones – Diet for Gallstones

Gas in GI Tract with Diet Tips

Gastroparesis Diet Tips

GERD – Acid Reflux Diet

Gout Diet

Guidelines for Low Cholesterol, Low Triglyceride Diet Foods to Use

Hepatic Diet

High Calcium for Bone Health

High Calorie, High Protein Diet

High Fiber Diet

High Iron Diet

Kidney Stone Diet

Lactose Controlled Diet

Light Diet (Soft Diet)

Low Fat, High Protein Diet

Low Triglyceride, Low Cholesterol, Low Fat Diet

Low Fat Diet

Nutrition Considerations for the Patient with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Peptic Ulcer Disease and Non Ulcer Dyspepsia Diet

Post Gastric Reduction Diet

Renal Diet

Tyramine Restricted Diet

Sodium Controlled Diet

Vegetarian Diet


Upper GI:

Barrett’s Esophagus

Celiac Disease

Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Esophagitis and Stricture

Gallstones

Gas

Gastritis

Gastroparesis

GERD

Heartburn and Reflux

Helicobacter Pylori

Hiatus Hernia

Lactose Intolerance

Pancreatic Disease

Peptic Ulcer Disease

Lower GI Diseases:

Anal Fissure, Abscess and Fistula

Colon Polyps/Cancer

Constipation

Crohn’s Disease

Diarrhea

Diverticulosis/Diverticulitis

Hemorrhoids

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Ostomy

Prevention of Colon Polyps

Ulcerative Colitis

Rectal Bleeding

Liver Diseases:

Autoimmune Hepatitis

Cirrhosis

Fatty Liver

Hemochromatosis

Hepatitis

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis C

Primary Biliary Cirrhosis

Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis

Liver Transplant


What is a Gastroenterologist?

A gastroenterologist is a specialist in the digestive system.

The digestive system includes the 25-foot-long tube that processes food and nutrients, plus the liver, pancreas and gallbladder.   These organs break down and absorb the food we eat so that the nutrients can be transported into the blood stream and delivered to cells throughout the body.

A Gastroenterologist must first complete a three-year Internal Medicine residency and is then eligible for additional specialized training (fellowship) in Gastroenterology.   This fellowship is generally 2-5 years long so by the time Gastroenterologists have completed their training, they have had 5-6 years of additional specialized education following Medical School.

The most critical emphasis during the training period is attention to detail and incorporation of their comprehensive knowledge of the entire gastrointestinal tract to provide the highest quality endoscopy and consultative services.


What makes a Gastroenterologist different?

The unique training that Gastroenterologists complete provides them with the ability to provide high quality, comprehensive care for patients with a wide variety of gastrointestinal ailments.   Gastroenterologists perform the bulk of research involving endoscopic procedures as well as interpretation of results and are considered experts in the field.   Studies have shown that Gastroenterologists perform higher quality colonoscopy examinations.   This translates to a more accurate detection of polyps and cancer by colonoscopy when performed by Gastroenterologists, fewer complications from procedures and fewer days in hospitals for many gastrointestinal conditions managed by trained Gastroenterology specialists which distinguishes from Gastroenterologists from other physicians that provide some similar services.

Gastroenterologists are frequently asked to evaluate the following problems:

Abdominal Pain, Anemia from overt or silent Gastrointestinal bleeding, constipation, diarrhea, difficulty with swallowing, heart burn, gall bladder disease, indigestion, liver problems, pancreas problems, rectal bleeding.

Some diseases that are diagnosed and treated by gastroenterologist include, acid reflux, cirrhosis, colon polyps, crohn’s disease, diverticulosis, gallstones, hepatitis,, irritable bowel syndrome, pancreatic disease, peptic ulcer disease, ulcerative colitis.

Gastroenterologists may perform the following procedures to help make a diagnosis or treat specific disorders:

Ambulatory Esophageal pH monitoring, Colonoscopy, Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangropancreatography (ERCP), Endoscopic Ultrasonography, Esophageal Mannometry, Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Upper GI Endoscopy, Video Capsule Endoscopy

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