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A Primer on Celiac Disease

Celiac Disease can be difficult to diagnose and treat effectively. It’s important to work with a physician who specializes in the condition. This article is all about Celiac Disease – it’s definition, diagnosis, and treatment options.

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is a small bowel disorder characterized by mucosal inflammation, villous atrophy, and crypt hyperplasia, which occurs upon exposure to dietary gluten and which demonstrates improvement after withdrawal of gluten from the diet.

The classic celiac disease or gluten-sensitive enteropathy includes the following three features: 

  • Villous atrophy
  • Symptoms of malabsorption such as steatorrhea, weight loss, or other signs of nutrient or vitamin deficiency
  • Resolution of the mucosal lesions and symptoms upon withdrawal of gluten-containing foods, usually within a few weeks to months

Patients with atypical disease exhibit minor gastrointestinal complaints. They can display anemia, dental enamel defects, osteoporosis, arthritis, increased transaminases, neurological symptoms, or infertility. 

Who Should be Tested for Celiac Disease?

Here is a list of patients who should be tested for celiac disease:

  • Those with gastrointestinal symptoms including:
    • Chronic or recurrent diarrhea
    • Malabsorption
    • Weight loss
    • Abdominal distension or bloating
    • Irritable bowel syndrome or severe lactose intolerance
  • Individuals without other explanations for signs and symptoms such as iron deficiency anemia, folate or vitamin B12 deficiency, persistent elevation in serum ALT, short stature, delayed puberty, recurrent fetal loss, low birthweight infants, reduced fertility, persistent aphthous stomatitis, dental enamel hypoplasia, idiopathic peripheral neuropathy, nonhereditary cerebellar ataxia, or recurrent migraine headaches.
  • Patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus, and first-degree relatives of individuals with celiac disease if they have signs, symptoms, or laboratory evidence of possible celiac disease

Diagnosing Celiac Disease involves blood tests, and small intestine biopsy.

Management of Celiac Disease

Here are some recommendations for managing Celiac Disease and its symptoms: 

  • Consultation with a skilled dietitian
  • Education about the disease
  • Lifelong adherence to a gluten-free diet
  • Identification and treatment of nutritional deficiencies
  • Access to an advocacy group
  • Continuous long-term follow-up by a multidisciplinary team

Chaska Celiac Doctor

At Bhatti GI clinics, we provide individualized, compassionate care to each and every patient. While many GI conditions can be scary, you can rest assured that you are in good hands with Dr. Bhatti – who has performed over 40,000 advanced gastrointestinal procedures over his twenty years in practice. Dr. Bhatti is also one of the only GI doctors in the state of Minnesota to specialize in the treatment of liver disease. Whether you need to schedule a routine colonoscopy, or you’re experiencing severe stomach pain, we’ve got you covered. Give us a call today at our Edina or Chaska clinics to set up your appointment with Dr. Bhatti.




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Barrett’s Esophagus Treatment Options

Barrett’s Esophagus is a chronic condition that impacts the esophagus, often resulting in heartburn, acid reflux, and related symptoms. In this article, we are going to focus on Barrett’s Esophagus – it’s causes, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment options.

What is Barrett’s Esophagus?

Barrett’s esophagus results from the reflux of gastric acid and bile salts into the esophagus, and may be viewed as an adaptive response. In 1957, Norman Barrett, British thoracic surgeon, described the “lower esophagus lined by columnar epithelium.”

Barrett’s esophagus is now defined as “metaplastic change from squamous to columnar-lined epithelium (including the presence of goblet cells), visible endoscopically and confirmed histologically.”

Risk Factors

The known risk factors for the presence of Barrett’s Esophagus include the following:

  • Chronic (>5 years) GERD symptoms
  • Advancing age (>50 years)
  • Male gender
  • Tobacco usage
  • Central obesity
  • Caucasian race


Alcohol consumption does not increase risk of Barrett's Esophagus. In fact, wine drinking may be a protective factor.

Diagnosing & Treating Barrett’s Esophagus

Diagnosing Barrett’s Esophagus begins with a physical examination. Your physician will also look at your medical history. Additional diagnostic testing may be required to solidify a diagnosis. Prevention of cancer in patients with Barrett’s Esophagus should include GERD therapy to treat symptoms & heal esophagitis if indicated.

Edina Gastro Doctors


Dr. Ahsan Bhatti is one of the most experienced gastro doctors in the state of Minnesota, having performed more than 40,000 advanced GI procedures over his two decades in private practice. At Bhatti GI, we help patients with all sorts of GI conditions and issues – from heartburn to colon cancer. Whatever your situation, Bhatti GI has the experience to effectively treat your gastrointestinal condition. Contact us today to set up your appointment with Dr. Bhatti. Our primary clinics are located in Edina and Chaska, but we treat patients throughout the Twin Cities Metro area.

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Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis

Gastroenterology covers a wide range of conditions that impact the GI tract. In this article, we are going to discuss Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis – its causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

What is Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis?

Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) is an idiopathic condition defined as the presence of beading and stricture formation of the intra and/or extrahepatic bile ducts that cannot be ascribed to another cause. PSC is characterized by inflammation, fibrosis, and stricturing of medium and large ducts in the intrahepatic and/or extrahepatic biliary tree. Many, if not most, cases of PSC are associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) is a chronic cholestatic liver and biliary tract disease that has a highly variable natural history. PSC may be asymptomatic for long periods but may also have an aggressive course, leading to recurrent biliary tract obstruction, recurrent episodes of cholangitis, and may progress to end-stage liver disease.

Signs & Symptoms

A large number ( >50%) of patients present without symptoms. However, those who do present with symptoms may experience any of the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Pruritis
  • Jaundice
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Diarrhea


Diagnosis of PSC

Diagnosing PSC is the first step in treating the condition. To diagnose the condition, your physician will begin with a physical exam. Other diagnostic tests may also be required. Liver biopsy is not necessary to make a diagnosis in patients with suspected PSC based on diagnostic cholangiographic findings. However, liver biopsy is recommended to make a diagnosis in patients with suspected small duct PSC or to exclude other conditions such as suspected overlap syndrome with autoimmune hepatitis.

Chaska Gastroenterologists


The gastroenterology experts at Bhatti GI provide unparalleled compassion and care to each and every patient. Dr. Bhatti is one of the most experienced and respected GI doctors in Minnesota with twenty years in practice and over 40,000 advanced procedures under his belt. Contact us today to set up your appointment at one of our gastroenterology clinics in Edina and Chaska.

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ORBERA Intragastric Balloon

There are several different surgical procedures that can help patients lose and manage their weight. This article focuses on one such procedure - the ORBERA Intragastric Balloon. We’ll talk about what it is and how it can help patients lose weight with a minimally invasive procedure.

What is the ORBERA Intragastric Balloon?

The ORBERA Intragastric Balloon is weight loss method that falls between a surgical and non-surgical solution. Many weight loss surgeries require invasive procedures with drawn-out recoveries. The ORBERA procedure is minimally invasive and is a great option for many patients who have tried conservative options (dieting and drug therapy) to no avail.

The ORBERA Procedure

The ORBERA procedure is simple. Your gastroenterologist inserts the ORBERA Intragastric Balloon into the stomach via an endoscope. This procedure is minimally invasive, and only requires a tiny incision. That means patients experience less pain and faster recovery compared to other, more invasive procedures.

The comprehensive, two-part program takes a holistic approach to weight loss, combining the use of an intragastric balloon with an individually tailored support program to tackle dietary, psychological, and exercise strategies to assist adult patients in losing and maintaining weight. You'll feel more satisfied and naturally eat less - helping you lose up to 3.1 times more weight than with diet and exercise alone.

Gastroenterology Clinics in Minnesota

If you’d like to learn more about the ORBERA Intragastric Balloon procedure and whether you are a good candidate, contact Bhatti GI today. Dr. Ahsan Bhatti is one of the premier gastroenterologists in the state of Minnesota, with more than 40,000 advanced GI procedures performed over his two decades of experience. At Bhatti GI, we work one-on-one with each patient we treat to provide the best possible care. Contact Bhatti GI consultants today to schedule your appointment with one of our Minnesota GI specialists. Our clinics are located in Edina and Chaska, but we treat patients throughout Minnesota.

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Esophageal Varices Treatment Options

Esophageal varices are a symptom of severe liver diseases and need to be treated by a gastroenterologist as soon as possible. In an effort to educate patients, this article discusses the causes, symptoms of, and treatments for esophageal varices.

What are Esophageal Varices?

Esophageal varices are enlarged veins in the lower esophagus. They are often present in patients with serious liver diseases like cirrhosis. When scar tissue disrupts normal blood flow through the liver, blood flows into smaller veins that are not equipped for such flow. This can cause the veins to leak or rupture. Here are some of the common symptoms of esophageal varices:

  • Bloody or black stool
  • Coughing up blood
  • Shock


Treating Esophageal Varices

Don’t forget, before you can work on treating esophageal varices (or any condition for that matter) you need to get a solid diagnosis from a trained medical professional – such as a gastroenterologist. Diagnosing esophageal varices a physical examination, as well as imaging tests (CT scan, MRI, etc.), and possibly an EGD. Treatment depends on the patient, but the general goal of treating esophageal varices is to prevent and stop bleeding. This can be accomplished with various medications, or banding – a procedure used to tie off bleeding veins.

Because esophageal varices can be life-threatening in some patients, it’s important to make an appointment with a skilled gastroenterologist as soon as possible if you are experiencing symptoms.

Gastro Doctor in Chaska


Dr. Bhatti has performed more than 40,000 advanced GI procedures over the course of his 20 years in practice. That makes him one of the most experienced gastroenterologists in the entire state of Minnesota, and one of the only GI doctors to specialize in the treatment of liver disease. If you are searching for a skilled and experienced gastroenterologist, look no further than Bhatt GI Consultants. Contact us today at one of our GI clinics. With locations in Chaska and Edina, we treat patients throughout the Twin Cities metro, as well as greater Minnesota.

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Hemorrhoids – How to Identify & Treat

Hemorrhoids are a common and painful condition that affects nearly half of adults by the age of 50. Thankfully, there are numerous options for effectively treating hemorrhoids. In this article, we are going to discuss the causes and symptoms of, and treatment options for hemorrhoids.

Causes & Symptoms of Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the lower rectum and anus that can be caused by straining during bowel movements, pregnancy, and other factors. There are two types of hemorrhoids – internal (which develop inside the rectum) and external (which develop around the anus).

Here are some of the common signs and symptoms of hemorrhoids:

  • Itching around the anus
  • Discomfort
  • Bleeding


Hemorrhoid Treatments

Treating hemorrhoids requires an accurate diagnosis by a physician first. Only then can you begin to investigate effective treatment options. Diagnosis begins with a physical exam. Your physician will look for visible, external hemorrhoids first. If you are experiencing rectal bleeding, your doctor may perform additional diagnostic tests (such as a colonoscopy) to rule out other potential causes. Once you have a diagnosis, it’s time to think about treatment. Often, hemorrhoids can be treated with simple changes to diet and lifestyle. In more severe cases, surgical options such as banding may help provide long-term relief.

Edina GI Clinic


At Bhatti GI Consultants, we provide compassionate and individualized care to each and every patient we treat. Whether you need to schedule a colonoscopy, or you’re suffering from hepatitis, we’ve got you covered. Dr. Bhatti is one of the most experienced gastroenterologists in the state of Minnesota – with twenty years in practice and over 40,000 advanced GI procedures performed. With that kind of experience, you can rest easy that you are in capable hands. Contact us today to set up your appointment with Dr. Bhatti at our Edina or Chaska clinics.

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Tips for Diagnosing & Treating Peptic Ulcers

Peptic ulcers – painful sores in the stomach or small intestine – can cause a lot of frustrating and alarming symptoms. It’s important to address and treat these symptoms as soon as they crop up to avoid future complications. This article is all about peptic ulcers. We’ll discuss the causes and symptoms of peptic ulcers, as well as some methods for effectively treating them.

Causes & Symptoms of Peptic Ulcers

Peptic ulcers are painful sores that develop in the stomach and/or small intestine. These ulcers are often caused by H. Pylori – a bacteria that infects the digestive tract. However, they can also be the result of overuse of NSAID drugs (such as Ibuprofen and Aspirin). Here are some of the common symptoms that might indicate a peptic ulcer:

  • Heartburn
  • Bloating
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Pain in the upper abdomen
  • Coughing up blood


Treating Peptic Ulcers

You cannot hope to effectively treat a peptic ulcer before first landing on an accurate diagnosis. Your doctor should be able to fully diagnose your condition with a physical exam, blood test, and possibly additional diagnostic testing. Once you have a diagnosis, you can talk with your gastroenterologist about how to effectively approach treatment of your peptic ulcer. Most peptic ulcers can be treated with a strategic combination of prescription medications. A gastroenterologist will be able to determine the best treatment approach for your situation.

MN Peptic Ulcer Doctor


If you are suffering from the signs and symptoms of a peptic ulcer, get the treatment you need from a skilled gastroenterologist. Dr. Ahsan Bhatti has two decades of experience treating patients with peptic ulcers and other related conditions. With over 40,000 procedures performed, Dr. Bhatti has the skillset and expertise to make you feel confident that you’re getting the best possible treatment. Contact us at Bhatti GI today to set up your appointment at our Edina or Chaska clinics.

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Explaining the Different Types of Hepatitis

Hepatitis is a virus that causes inflammation of the liver and a host of associated symptoms. There are three different strains of the virus that are common in humans – hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. In this article, we are going to talk about the three common types of hepatitis (A, B & C), explaining the causes, symptoms, and treatments associated with each.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a virus that infects the liver and causes flu-like symptoms and jaundice. The virus is highly contagious and can be effectively prevented by vaccine. Diagnosing hepatitis A begins with a blood test. Hep A symptoms will typically resolve within a few weeks. If symptoms do not resolve, you may need further treatment.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B can be acute (short-term) or chronic (long-lasting). Some patients with Hep B do not experience any symptoms at all. Those who do report symptoms often experience nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and other flu-like symptoms. Hepatitis B is diagnosed with a blood test, and possibly a liver biopsy. Acute hepatitis B will likely resolve without treatment, but chronic hepatitis B may require medication to prevent permanent liver damage.

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is quite common – affecting nearly 4 million people in the US. Despite its popularity, many people do not experience symptoms and thus, do not know they have the disease. Hepatitis C is diagnosed with a blood test, and possibly a liver biopsy – if chronic hepatitis C is suspected. Various drugs and medications can help stop the liver damage caused by the virus.

Minnesota Hepatitis Doctor


If you are dealing with the symptoms of Hepatitis, contact a gastroenterologist near you as soon as possible. Dr. Ahsan Bhatti is one of the most experienced gastroenterologists in the entire state of Minnesota – with over twenty years in private practice and 40,000+ procedures performed over his career. With Bhatti GI, you can rest assured that you are in good hands – no matter what condition or disease you are dealing with. Contact our Minnesota Gastroenterology clinics today (located in Edina and Chaska) to set up an appointment.

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Liver Cirrhosis – Symptoms & Effective Treatment Options

The liver performs several essential functions – cleaning the blood and detoxifying harmful substances to name a few. Chronic alcohol abuse, hepatitis, and other conditions can cause scarring (or cirrhosis) of the liver. Once the liver is scarred, the damage can’t be reverse – but further damage can be prevented with treatment. In this article, we are going to focus on cirrhosis of the liver. We’ll discuss the how to identify cirrhosis, its symptoms, and a few options for effectively treating the condition.

Cirrhosis Symptoms

One of the trickiest things about cirrhosis is that symptoms often don’t appear until damage to the liver is extensive. Here are some of the symptoms that may indicate liver cirrhosis in a patient:

  • Fatigue
  • Jaundice
  • Bruising and Bleeding Easily
  • Nausea
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Itchy Skin


How to Treat Cirrhosis of the Liver

Effectively treating liver cirrhosis often requires a complex approach. The first step is always a full diagnosis, which can be achieved by a combination of the following: medical examination, blood tests, liver biopsy, and diagnostic imaging.

Once a diagnosis is reached, you can develop a treatment strategy with your surgeon. Depending on the severity and extent of your cirrhosis, treatment may include: alcohol avoidance, liver transplant, medication for hepatitis (if present), and more.

GI Surgery Clinic in Minnesota


If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms of liver cirrhosis, it’s important that you see a gastroenterologist near you as quickly as possible. The sooner you begin treatment, the better your prognosis will be. Dr. Bhatti is one of the only gastroenterology surgeons in Minnesota who specializes in liver disease. With more than twenty years of experience, and over 40,000 procedures performed – he is a recognized expert in the treatment of liver cirrhosis. Contact us today at Bhatti GI clinics (located in Chaska and Edina) to set up your appointment with Dr. Bhatti.

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Treatment Options for Liver Tumors

The liver acts as a filter for the blood moving throughout the body. When cancerous tumors develop, they can interfere with the liver’s ability to perform its essential functions. This article is all about liver tumors. We are going to walk through the causes, signs, and symptoms of liver tumors – as well as some options for treatment.

What Causes Liver Tumors?

The exact causes of liver tumors are not fully understood. There are several potential signs and symptoms that might indicate a liver tumor diagnosis, including:

  • Pain and tenderness in the upper abdomen
  • Jaundice
  • Fever
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss
  • Swollen legs
  • Itching all over the body


If any combination of these symptoms applies to you, consult with a physician right away. The sooner you diagnose a liver tumor, the easier they are to treat effectively.

Liver Tumor Treatment

Speaking of treatment, there are several potential methods for treating liver tumors. The best treatment for you will depend on your specific situation, the extent of the tumor, and any other present factors. Liver tumors can often be treated with drug therapies, or surgical intervention. A gastroenterologist specializing in liver disease can work with you to develop a treatment strategy that fits your needs.

Minnesota Liver Tumor Doctor


At Bhatti GI, we work hand-in-hand with each of our patients to ensure the highest level of treatment possible. Dr. Bhatti has an impressive track record – with more than 40,000 procedures performed over his two decades in practice. He is widely respected and considered one of the most skilled gastroenterologists in the entire state of Minnesota. In fact, Dr. Bhatti is one of the only gastroenterologists in MN that specializes in liver diseases. Contact Bhatti GI at our Twin Cities clinics (located in Edina and Chaska) today to set up your appointment with Dr. Bhatti.

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Treating Helicobacter Pylori (H. Pylori)

Helicobacter Pylori is a digestive tract bacteria that can lead to stomach ulcers and other conditions. This article is all about Helicobacter Pylori (H. Pylori). We will discuss its causes, symptoms, and treatment options.

What is H. Pylori?

Helicobacter Pylori (H. Pylori) is a specific type of bacteria that lives in the digestive tract and attacks the lining of the stomach. If the bacteria do enough damage to the stomach lining, it can allow acid to seep through – which can result in the formation of ulcers.

Where does H. Pylori Come From?

H. Pylori can enter the body via the saliva and bodily fluids of infected people, as well as water, food, and utensils. It is most common in areas with poor sewage systems and unclean water. Many patients pick up these bacteria when travelling abroad.

Diagnosing & Treating H. Pylori

The first thing you need to do if you are suffering from any of the symptoms of H. Pylori is land on an accurate diagnosis, which can be attained with a physical exam, coupled with blood tests and diagnostic imaging tests (CT scans, for example).

Treating H. Pylori depends on the patient in question and their unique set of circumstances. The bacteria itself can typically be treated with medication. However, if the bacteria have caused ulcers, additional treatment (possibly surgery) may be necessary.

Chaska GI Doctor


If you are experiencing stomach pain or other symptoms of Helicobacter Pylori, contact a gastroenterologist today to talk about your options for treatment. At Bhatti GI, we pride ourselves on providing top-notch care to each and every patient we see. Dr. Bhatti is one of the most skilled and experienced gastroenterologists in the state of Minnesota, with over 40,000 procedures performed during his two decades in practice. Give us a call today and set up your appointment at our Edina or Chaska GI clinics.

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GERD vs. Heartburn – How to Identify & Treat Each

Heartburn and GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) affect many people, but most patients incorrectly think that the two are one and the same. In this article, we are going to talk about the similarities and differences between GERD and heartburn so you can know how to better identify and treat each condition.


GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) is a condition in which stomach contents travel back up into the esophagus, causing heartburn, pain, and other symptoms. This occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (a ring that works to keep things separated between the esophagus and the stomach) becomes weakened. This allows the stomach’s contents to go back up into the patient’s esophagus after it has already passed through.

Treating GERD usually begins with conservative methods like medication, diet management, and simple lifestyle changes. If your symptoms do not improve with these conservative methods, you may benefit from surgical intervention – which can provide long-lasting symptom relief.


Heartburn (also known as acid reflux) is much more common than GERD. It occurs as the result of an irritation of the esophagus. Typically, heartburn only lasts for a few minutes or hours at a time. If it lasts longer than that or recurs on a regular basis, it may be an indication of GERD.

Edina GI Clinic


If you are experiencing heartburn or GERD symptoms, contact a gastroenterologist as soon as possible to discuss appropriate treatment options. At Bhatti GI, we work hand-in-hand with each patient we treat to provide accurate diagnoses and treatment plans that match each patient’s needs. Dr. Ahsan Bhatti has performed over 40,000 procedures over his twenty years as a GI surgeon. Contact us today to set up your appointment at one of our Bhatti GI clinics – located in Edina and Chaska. 

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Pancreatitis – Causes, Symptoms & Treatment Options

The pancreas is a gland in the upper abdomen that helps digestion and the processing of sugar. Due to a variety of potential factors, the pancreas can become inflamed – resulting in pancreatitis. In this article, we are going to discuss the causes, symptoms of, and treatment options for pancreatitis.

What Causes Pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis is defined as an inflammation of the pancreas. This occurs when digestive enzymes become activated when they are still in the pancreas. Several factors can lead to pancreatitis, including: alcoholism, gallstones, smoking, pancreatic cancer, and more.

Pancreatitis can be acute (lasting for a few days) or chronic (lasting for months or years). Symptoms of pancreatitis can include any of the following – depending on the type of pancreatitis:

  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Fever
  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Rapid pulse
  • Abdominal tenderness
  • Unexpected weight loss 

How to Treat Pancreatitis

Treating pancreatitis first requires a full and accurate diagnosis – which can be provided by a gastroenterologist. Treatment options depend on the type and severity of your pancreatitis. Mild forms of acute pancreatitis may not require any treatment at all. Severe, or chronic pancreatitis may need require conservative treatments (pain medications, fasting, IV fluids, etc.) or surgical intervention to remove diseased tissue from the pancreas. Lifestyle changes can also help to treat and lessen the chances of pancreatitis. These lifestyle changes can include: drinking more fluids, eating a low-fat diet, and ceasing alcohol consumption.

Chaska Pancreatitis Doctor

At Bhatti GI, our gastroenterology care team has over twenty years of experience treating patients for pancreatitis in the Twin Cities. Dr. Bhatti has performed over 40,000 GI procedures over his career and is one of the most experienced gastroenterologists in Minnesota. If you are suffering from symptoms of pancreatitis, contact Bhatti GI for unparalleled care. Give us a call at our Chaska or Edina clinic to schedule your appointment with Dr. Bhatti to diagnose and treat your pancreatitis.


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How to Identify & Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that impacts the large intestine. Many patients have to deal with the symptoms for their entire life. Thankfully, there are methods for effectively managing IBS. This article is all about IBS. We’ll discuss its symptoms, causes, and how to effectively treat the condition.

IBS Signs & Symptoms

IBS symptoms can vary based on the patient. Here are some of the signs and symptoms that might indicate a diagnosis of IBS:

  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Excess gas
  • Cramping & bloating
  • Constipation or diarrhea


Sometimes these symptoms may dissipate or disappear completely, only to recur later.

Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The symptoms of IBS can overlap with a variety of other conditions and diseases, so it’s important to get a complete diagnosis before moving on to treatment. Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic condition that often affects patients over years (sometimes for life). Many patients with IBS can control their symptoms with simple lifestyle changes like diet changes, stress management, and more. Patients with more severe cases of IBS may require medications to help control symptoms. In extreme cases, surgical intervention by a gastroenterologist may be required. It’s essential to speak with a skilled IBS doctor about your condition and your options for treatment before deciding on any treatment strategies.

Minnesota IBS Doctor


If you are suffering through life with IBS and its related symptoms, don’t just live with the condition – take action to treat it! Contact Bhatti GI today to set up your appointment at one of our clinics (located in Edina and Chaska). Dr. Bhatti has performed over 40,000 GI procedures during his 20 years in practice. He is considered one of the most skilled and experienced GI surgeons in the state of Minnesota.

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3 Tips for Preparing for Your Colonoscopy

One of the most difficult parts about getting a colonoscopy is the required prep work. Before your procedure, it’s important to clear the contents of your colon. Doing so will allow your surgeon to spot any existing polyps, and will reduce the risk of complications. With that in mind, in this article we are going to offer a few tips and suggestions for preparing for your colonoscopy.

Follow Your Surgeon’s Instructions

The most important piece of advice we can give you is to follow your surgeon’s pre-op instructions. This is a good rule of thumb for any surgical procedure. Surgical preparation is different for each patient and your surgeon will know your situation best, so listen to their instructions and follow them.

Set Aside Time to Prepare

Preparing for your colonoscopy can take one or two days – depending on your specific situation. Make sure to set aside time to prepare in the privacy of your home. If you have children to take care of, ask a family member or friend to help take care of them during your prep.

Get a Variety of Clear Liquids

The day before your procedure you will likely be restricted to drinking clear liquids. Drinking water can get boring, so stock your kitchen with a variety of clear liquids. Here is a quick list of clear liquids that are OK to consume during your prep: Gatorade, carbonated beverages, coffee (no cream), tea, flavored gelatin, ices without milk, popsicles, fruit juices and drinks without pulp, bouillon, broth, honey, sugar, plain hard candy, salt and pepper. Stay away from red/purple liquids, as well as milk products.

Edina Colonoscopy Surgeon


Contact us at Bhatti GI if you have any questions about how to best prepare for your colonoscopy procedure. Dr. Bhatti has over two decades of experience as a colonoscopy surgeon, with more than 40,000 procedures performed. With his experience and skillset, you can rest assured that you are in good hands. Schedule your colonoscopy at one of our Twin Cities clinics (located in Chaska and Edina) today - 952-368-3800.

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When is it Time to Schedule a Colonoscopy?

Most people have a general understanding of what a colonoscopy is, but many have no idea when they should get one. The truth is that colonoscopies can be helpful in a variety of situations. In this article, we are going to talk about how to determine when it’s time to schedule a colonoscopy.

Colonoscopy Procedure

First, let’s talk briefly about the colonoscopy procedure itself and why it’s important. A colonoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which a colonoscope (a small tube with a camera attached) is inserted into the patient’s colon. The procedure can be performed as a preventative measure (to detect and prevent colon cancer, for example), or to investigate the cause of a specific symptom, such as:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Blood in the stool
  • Diarrhea
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Abnormalities found on x-rays or CT scans


If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, a colonoscopy may be a good diagnostic tool for determining the root cause of the symptoms you are experiencing.

Preventative Colonoscopy

Even if you are not experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, a colonoscopy may still be useful as a preventative measure. Typically, it’s a good rule of thumb to schedule a colonoscopy for colon cancer screening starting at age 50, and every 10 years after that if no abnormalities are discovered. If the initial colonoscopy reveals any polyps or other abnormalities, follow up colonoscopies may be recommended every 5-10 years.

If you have a family history of colon cancer, it may be a good idea to schedule your colonoscopy before you turn 50 as a preventative measure.

Schedule Your Colonoscopy Today!


If you have any questions about when to schedule your colonoscopy, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today at Bhatti GI. Dr. Bhatti has been performing colonoscopies for more than 20 years, and has completed over 40,000 surgical procedures during his time in practice. Contact Bhatti GI today to schedule your colonoscopy procedure at our Chaska or Edina clinic - 952-368-3800.

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Anatomy of the Liver

The liver is a basic organ that has many functions in the body, including making proteins and blood thickening variables, manufacturing triglycerides and cholesterol, glycogen combination, and bile generation. In this article, we are going to discuss the anatomy of the liver,and its function in the body.

The Liver

The liver is a large organ that sits on the right hand side of the belly. Many different disease processes can occur in the liver, including infections such as hepatitis, cirrhosis (scarring), cancers, and damage by medications or toxins. Symptoms of liver disease can include liver disease:

  • Jaundice
  • Abdominal pain and inflammation
  • Bleeding
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss

Alcohol can be poisonous to the liver (hepatotoxic), particularly in high doses, and long-term alcohol abuse is a typical reason of liver illness. The liver is involved in metabolizing many toxins, including drugs and medications, chemicals, and natural substances.

Is the Liver a Gland or an Organ?

The liver is one of the indispensable organs of the body, in charge of several concoction activities that the body needs to survive. It is additionally an organ since it secretes chemicals that are utilized by different parts of the body. Therefore, the liver is both an organ and a gland; truth be told, it is the biggest inside organ in the body.

What Is the Function of the Liver?

The liver has different capacities. It makes a significant number of the chemicals required by the body to work regularly, it separates and detoxifies substances in the body, and it also acts as a storage unit.

Hepatocytes (hepar=liver + cyte=cell) are in charge of making a large number of the proteins (protein synthesis) in the body that are required for some functionalities, including blood coagulating variables, and albumin, required to keep up liquid inside the dissemination framework. Also in charge of assembling cholesterol and triglycerides. Carbohydrates are likewise delivered in the liver and the organ is in charge of transforming glucose into glycogen that can be put away both in the liver and in the muscle cells. The liver also produces bile that assists with food digestion

The liver assumes an essential part in detoxifying the body by changing over alkali, a byproduct of digestion in the body, into urea that is discharged in the pee by the kidneys. The liver additionally separates medicines and drugs, including alcohol, and is in charge of separating insulin and different hormones in the body.

The liver also stores vitamins and chemicals that the body requires as building blocks. These include:

  • vitamin B12,
  • folic acid
  • iron required to make red blood cells
  • vitamin A for vision,
  • vitamin D for calcium absorption, and
  • vitamin K to help blood to clot properly.

Contact a Minnesota Liver Surgeon

If you are experiencing liver problems, make an appointment with a Minnesota liver surgeon today. Dr. Ahsan Bhatti has years of experience treating patients throughout Minnesota for various liver problems. Contact us today at our Chaska or Edina clinics to set up your appointment!


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Myth: Digestion Happens in the Stomach

Most of us have some general sense of how digestion works. We consume food, and our internal organs break it down. But because most people don't have an in-depth understanding of the digestive process, several myths have become popular. In this article, we're going to debunk the myth that digestion happens in the stomach.

Our digestive tract is a complex system with many components that interact with each other and the rest of our body. It’s also very adaptable to what we consume, and doesn’t need specific food combinations or “cleanses” to keep working at its best. Here is a myth about digestion, debunked by Dr. Bhatti.

How Digestion Works

When you eat food it passes through a series of organs on its way through the body - the stomach is only one of those stops. Here is a quick breakdown of how it works:

  • The Mouth. When food enters the mouth, tastes and smells alert the rest of the digestive system that food is on its way.
  • The Esophagus. Once you swallow, the food slides down the esophagus, which brings everything to the stomach. 
  • The Stomach. The stomach drenches the food in an acid wash. This helps to kill microbes and partially unravel proteins. 
  • The Small Intestine. This is where most of the digestive action happens. Enzymes breaks down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates into their components. Then, they are transported throughout the body where needed. 
  • The Large Intestine. In the large intestine,, trillions of microbes devour what we couldn’t—mainly fiber and other “prebiotic” carbohydrates. 

So that's the digestive process in a nutshell. If you have any questions about the digestive system or how it works, contact Dr. Bhatti today!

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Common Causes of Stomach Pain after Eating

That little “tummy ache” could be attributed to eating too much or too fast, but it could also be a sign of a more serious health problem. In this article, we take a look at the possible causes of stomach pain after eating.

Over Eating

Stomach pain is often caused by simply eating your food too quickly. When you overeat, you might not take the time to chew through your food properly and you might notice that the food generally disappears from your plate very quickly. Take your time and chew slowly when you eat.

Food Intolerances

It is estimated that nearly 20% of the population is intolerant or sensitive to certain foods. Stomach pain and cramping are common symptoms of food intolerances or sensitivities, which are often associated with dairy, gluten, nuts, yeast, and tomatoes.

Food Allergies

Dairy products, nuts, eggs, peanut butter, soy, corn, wheat, and gluten are common food allergies that can cause symptoms such as stomach pain. A food elimination diet or an allergen-specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibody test can be conducted to determine whether you are allergic to a particular food or substance.

Celiac Disease

Stomach pain is a common symptom of celiac disease. The condition is characterized by gluten sensitivity. People with celiac disease will immediately react to a specific protein found in gluten called gliadin—it is found in wheat, rye, barley, spelt and oats.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

This is a common gastrointestinal disorder that affects approximately 15% of the population. Some symptoms include gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, cramping, abdominal pain, or stomach pain after eating. Candida, food allergies, and food sensitivities are also associated with irritable bowel syndrome.


Stomach pain after eating can also indicate pancreatitis, especially when the pain lasts for over six hours. Pancreatitis is known as pancreas inflammation. People with pancreatitis will experience pain that begins around the upper abdomen; the pain will then spread to the back. Other pancreatitis symptoms include fever, nausea, and vomiting.


Diverticulitis is a condition where pouches in the colon become inflamed from bacteria. The pouches are also known as cysts or diverticula. Some symptoms include fever, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, nausea, bowel habit changes, and cramping pain, especially around the lower left area of the abdomen. Stomach pain after eating is also common.

Intestinal Obstruction

When there is a blockage in your colon or small intestine, it can be difficult for foods to be digested properly. When you eat too fast, large pieces of food may not be broken down. A hernia or tumor can also lead to intestinal obstruction.

Chronic Candida

Abdominal pain can also be a symptom of chronic candida—a condition also known as yeast overgrowth. Other common symptoms associated with candida include chronic fatigue, bloating, gas, and depression.


Heartburn is also sometimes referred to as acid reflux, or acid indigestion. Heartburn is the result of too little stomach acid, and it can produce burning chest pain after eating. The pain may only last a few minutes, or up to several hours. Stomach pain after eating can also be attributed to gallstones, eating spicy foods, a stomach flu, lactose intolerance, food poisoning, appendicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, Crohn’s disease, and peptic ulcers. Stomach pain after eating may also be the result of a blocked blood vessel.

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5 Simple Steps to Start Eating Healthier Today

"You are what you eat" - or so the old saying goes. It's remarkable just how much truth there is to that old proverb. What we eat has significant impacts on our overall health. With that in mind, hHere are five quick and easy steps to start improving your health through your diet today!

1. Moderation is Key

The foremost step in eating healthy is learning to relish all your preferred foods in moderation. That doesn't mean you have to cut out all of your favorite foods in one fell swoop. It's all about balance. Give your body the nutrients it requires, while simultaneously pleasing your taste buds. 

2. Eat the Rainbow

Here's a fun tip - eat meals that look like the rainbow! Now that doesn't mean you should eat a dinner of Skittles. We're talking about foods that have natural color like fruits and vegetables. A good rule of thumb is to eat double the amount of vegetables and fruits as you do carbs and proteins. 

3. Don’t Cut Out Meals!

Don't skip out on important meals. Roughly 4-6 hours after you eat, all of the following starts to occur:

  • Your brain begins to experience a shortage of fuel
  • You start to feel tired, moody, or irritable
  • Your cognitive functions decline - impacting your attention, concentration, and memory

If you know you get hungry at certain times, pack a healthy snack to help control your hunger until your next meal. 

4. Drink Lots of Water

Water is essential for aiding digestion and other body parts. When you're fully hydrated you will feel less fatigue, look younger, and feel full longer, which saves you from feeding when your body isn’t hungry.

5. Eat Whole Grains

Whole grains contain healthy fibers, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are removed from processed grains. Eating a well-balanced meal that includes whole grains has been demonstrated to decrease your risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

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