Jun132018
Woman at Desk

What Is a Hemorrhoidectomy?

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Hemorrhoids can cause slight discomfort in mild cases, but more serious cases might result in rectal bleeding, pain and other severe symptoms. When you need to have hemorrhoids removed, this procedure is known as a hemorrhoidectomy. When to Consider a Hemorrhoidectomy You might need to have a hemorrhoidectomy done if you have hemorrhoids that cause severe symptoms, such as burning, bleeding or persistent itching, or if you have hemorrhoids that keep coming back or occur on a chronic basis. Good candidates for this procedure include those who have severe or […]
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May112018
Schedule Colonoscopy 5.11.18

When Should I Get My Colon Screened for Cancer?

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Nearly 100,000 new cases of colon cancer are diagnosed each year, but the disease can often be caught early and even prevented with appropriate screenings. What Causes Colon Cancer? Colon cancer often begins as a polyp, which is a growth of tissue that lines the colon. Most polyps aren’t cancerous, but a certain type has a higher risk of developing into cancer. In general, larger polyps have a greater chance of becoming cancerous. When it turns into cancer, abnormal cells in the colon divide uncontrollably. They ultimately form a cancerous […]
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Apr202018
Hepatitis 4.20.18

What Causes Hepatitis?

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Millions of people are infected with hepatitis, and most of them aren’t aware of it. In fact, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that for one particular type of hepatitis – many baby boomers have been unknowingly living with it for years. What is Hepatitis? Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver, an organ that’s located in the right upper part of your abdomen. Your liver is responsible for a variety of important functions, including the production of bile, which helps with digestion. It also filters toxins from the body […]
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Mar92018
Woman With Stomach Pain 3.9.18

Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer

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Your pancreas gland is responsible for helping you maintain healthy blood sugar levels. When you have a pancreatic disease, it can result in serious health problems. Types of Pancreatic Diseases Pancreatic diseases include pancreatic cancer and acute or chronic pancreatitis. Pancreatic cancer develops when abnormal cells in the pancreas multiply and form malignant tumors. Pancreatitis refers to inflammation of the pancreas. Causes of Pancreatic Diseases The cause of pancreatic cancer has not yet been found. However there are several risk factors that can increase your risk of having the disease. […]
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Feb232018
Stomach ache 2.23.18

What Causes Gastritis Ulcers?

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A stomach ache every now and then is usually nothing to worry about. But, if you’re experiencing a constant gnawing or burning sensation in your stomach, you might have a condition known as gastritis, and you should make an appointment with your gastroenterologist for a thorough exam and possible gastritis ulcer treatment. What Is Gastritis? The term gastritis covers several different conditions that share a common factor – inflammation of the stomach lining. The illness is mainly caused by a specific bacterium that is also responsible for causing stomach ulcers. […]
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Dec282017
woman having trouble swallowing

What Are the Causes of Dysphagia?

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Swallowing is a complex process that’s usually completed easily. But if you have dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), the process of moving food or liquid from your mouth into your stomach can become difficult, painful, or even impossible.   In this blog, board-certified Manhattan gastroenterologist Dr. Anthony Borcich outlines the causes of dysphagia.   What are its symptoms? You may experience one or more of the following symptoms if you have dysphagia: Pain when swallowing Being unable to swallow Feeling like food is stuck in your throat, chest, or behind your breastbone […]
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Nov202017
gluten intolerance

Am I Gluten Intolerant?

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Awareness of gluten intolerance has risen substantially in the past few years, with many people finding that eliminating gluten from their diets improves their health.   In this blog, board-certified Manhattan gastroenterologist Dr. Anthony S. Borcich explains how you can find out if you’re gluten intolerant.   What is gluten intolerance? Gluten is a protein that’s found in foods such as wheat, rye, and barley. It acts as a glue that helps hold foods together. Many foods contain gluten, including noodles, breads, pastries, granola bars, French fries, candy bars, and […]
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Nov12017
man with bad stomach pain

When Should I See a Stomach Doctor?

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A stomach doctor – also called a gastroenterologist – handles ailments of the digestive system, including everything from esophageal problems to liver disease.   In this blog, Manhattan gastroenterologist Dr. Anthony Borcich explains the symptoms as well as the need for screenings that should prompt you to make an appointment with a stomach doctor.   What is a stomach doctor? A gastroenterologist specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. This includes the stomach, intestines, esophagus, liver, pancreas, colon, and rectum.   This type of specialist has advanced […]
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Sep292017
man with abdominal pain

Symptoms of Pancreatic Diseases

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You’ve probably heard of the pancreas, but you may not necessarily be aware of its purpose and diseases that can develop in it. But issues with this organ should be addressed as quickly as possible to avoid permanent damage.   In this blog, board-certified NYC gastroenterologist Dr. Anthony S. Borcich explains what you need to know about pancreatic diseases, including symptoms you should look out for.   What is the pancreas? The pancreas is a large organ that’s located behind the stomach and next to the small intestine. It’s made […]
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Aug312017
woman unable to eat gluten because of celiac disease

Can Celiac Disease be Treated?

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Celiac disease is a lifelong condition, but many people who have it aren’t properly diagnosed. Receiving an accurate diagnosis is the first step toward starting effective treatment that can alleviate symptoms and prevent serious complications.   In this blog, Manhattan gastroenterologist Dr. Anthony Borcich explains how celiac disease can be treated.   What is celiac disease? This disease is characterized by an immune reaction to gluten, a protein that’s found in wheat, barley, and rye – as well as in any food that’s made with these grains.   If you […]
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