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Argon Plasma Coagulation (APC) Explained

Argon Plasma Coagulation (APC for short) is a commonly used technique in several gastro procedures, but many people have never even heard of it. In this article, we are going to discuss Argon Plasma Coagulation – its various benefits and when it can be used to treat gastrointestinal conditions.

What is Argon Plasma Coagulation?

Argon Plasma Coagulation is a technique used during a colonoscopy or panendoscopy in which argon gas and electrical currents are used to seal bleeding tissue. The greatest benefit of APC is that it does not require any direct contact – which reduces the risks involved with a particular procedure.

APC is often used to treat all of the following gastrointestinal conditions:

  • Barrett’s Esophagus
  • Cancer of the Esophagus
  • Hemorrhoids and Rectal Bleeding
  • Polyps in the Colon
  • Watermelon Stomach – a condition in which bleeding occurs in the lining of the stomach, making it resemble a watermelon

Argon Plasma Coagulation can also be used to treat cancerous tumors and associated symptoms. Talk to your gastroenterologist about your particular condition and whether APC will be utilized during your treatment. Your physician will be able to explain everything you need to know about your procedure and how to best prepare for and recover from it.

Twin Cities Gastroenterologist

At Bhatti GI, we provide a wide range of gastroenterology services to patients throughout the Twin Cities. Our goal is to treat each and every one of our patients with the respect they deserve. Dr. Ahsan Bhatti is one of the top GI physicians in the state of Minnesota – with more than 40,000 procedures performed over the past twenty years. With this level of skill and experience, you can rest assured you are in good hands at Bhatti GI. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our Edina or Chaska clinics.

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Treating Pancreatitis - Jeff's Story

Perhaps the best way for patients to learn more about conditions and treatment options is to hear it directly from another patient. In this article, we’d like to share Jeff’s story about his experience dealing with pancreatitis and how we were able to help.

Jeff’s Story

“My initial symptoms started about 6 years ago. I woke up at 3AM with extreme pain. My wife and I went into the ER, I described what I was feeling and the doctor immediately diagnosed me with pancreatitis. Initially, I was referred to Dr. Bhatti because he is a highly respected gastroenterologist. He put us at ease because the other doctors I spoke too didn’t seem to have a good handle on what was happening to me. 

I spent three weeks in the hospital. After my initial interactions with him - getting to understand his depth of knowledge, his bedside manner, etc. – I began requesting to work only with him. 

Now I’m doing great. I’m healthier, I feel better, and I’m thankful that I know exactly what was causing my pain and how to manage it moving forward. Dr. Bhatti is an incredible doctor. He does procedures on a daily basis that only a few people in the state of Minnesota can do. He’s also an incredible person. He genuinely cares about his patients. He saved my life.”

Pancreatitis Doctor in Minnesota

Dr. Ahsan Bhatti is a board-certified gastrointestinal surgeon specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of GI conditions and diseases. With over two decades of experience and over 40,000 advanced gastroenterology procedures performed, Dr. Bhatti is one of the top GI doctors in the entire state of Minnesota. Reach out to us today to set up your appointment with Dr. Bhatti and the rest of the team at Bhatti GI. Our primary clinics are located in Edina and Chaska, but we treat patients throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs. 

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Abdominal Injuries Caused by Car Accidents

Seatbelts can both prevent and cause injuries in a car accident. In response to a reader question, we wanted to expound specifically on abdomen and bowel injuries that can result from car accident injuries. In this article, we will talk about abdomen and bowel issues that can result from auto accidents, from injury types to treatment options available. 

Common Car Accident Abdominal Injuries

The abdomen is a large area located in between the chest and pelvis. It contains all of the following organs:

  • Diaphragm
  • Kidney
  • Liver
  • Gallbladder
  • Pancreas
  • Small & Large Intestine
  • Stomach
  • Spleen
  • Aorta

With so many organs, abdominal injuries are various. Car crashes can result in a number of abdominal injuries, ranging from mild to severe. Many of these abdominal injuries are caused by seatbelts – as they cover much of the abdominal area. Abdominal injuries are divided into two general categories depending on whether the trauma was blunt or penetrating (blunt trauma is the most common in car accidents). 

Penetrating abdominal injuries are easily identified. Blunt force injuries to the abdomen are much more difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are much less obvious. Here are a few signs of abdominal injuries after a car wreck:

  • Bruising along the lower stomach where the lap belt rests.
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Bowel or bladder control issues

Injuries to these organs can lead to series issues with digestion, blood flow, and bowel control, which is why they should be treated as soon as possible. 

Treating Abdominal Injuries

Abdominal injuries need to be treated right away to avoid further complications. Treatment begins by identifying the extent of the injuries sustained and stabilizing the patient. In extreme cases involving a lot of internal bleeding, surgery may be necessary. Other cases can be treated without surgery. It all depends on the injuries and circumstances surrounding the accident. 

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Ulcerative Colitis - Causes, Symptoms & Treatment Options

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that can cause long-lasting pain and other symptoms. There are no cures for the condition, but thankfully there are options for reducing ulcerative colitis symptoms that impact quality of life. In this article, we are going to talk about ulcerative colitis – its causes, symptoms, and treatments.

What is Ulcerative Colitis?

With ulcerative colitis, inflammation and ulcers develop in the inner lining of the digestive tract (primarily the large intestine and rectum). Here are some of the symptoms and signs that may indicate ulcerative colitis:

  • Pain or cramping in the abdomen
  • Diarrhea
  • Rectal pain or bleeding
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Unexplained weight loss

These symptoms often develop gradually over time.

Treating Ulcerative Colitis

When dealing with ulcerative colitis, the essential first step is to get a full and accurate diagnosis of the condition. You can’t hope to effectively treat your symptoms if you don’t understand the underlying cause. A gastroenterologist can pinpoint a diagnosis by performing several tests such as: blood tests, x-rays, CT scans, colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, and more. Once you have a diagnosis, your physician can walk you through your options for treatment. Typically, ulcerative colitis is best treated with drug therapy or surgery. The best treatment option for you will depend on your specific situation. Talk with your doctor about your treatment options.

Gastrointestinal Surgery in MN

Dr. Ahsan Bhatti is a skilled gastrointestinal surgeon, with over 20 years in practice and more than 40,000 advanced GI procedures performed over that time period. He is also one of the only GI doctors in Minnesota to specialize in the treatment of liver diseases. At. Bhatti GI, we take the time necessary to provide unparalleled care to each and every one of our patients. Contact us today to set up your appointment with Dr. Bhatti at one of our clinics – located in Chaska and Edina.

 

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3 Questions to Ask your GI Physician

 

Finding the right physician to treat your condition is essential to a quick recovery. Ideally you want to find a doctor who specializes in treating the specific condition or injury you are experiencing. In this article, we will provide a few questions you should ask your physician.

What are your Credentials?

The first thing you want be certain about are your doctor’s credentials. Make sure they have the appropriate schooling and degrees necessary to practice. This goes for medical doctors (MDs), and other specialists.

What Experience do you have Treating these Conditions & Injuries?

After you verify the doctor’s credentials, your next question should be about their experience treating your particular injuries and conditions. Many doctors specialize in the treatment of specific conditions. That’s why a primary care doctor typically won’t perform spine surgery. So if you have Crohn’s disease and related pain, you should ask about the doctor’s history of treating the condition and their success rate.

Do you have Working Relationships with Other Medical Professionals?

There are many ways to treat specific conditions. Ask your physician if they have working relationships with other physicians, and other medical professionals in the industry that they can refer you to if your injury calls for it.

When you are experiencing gastrointestinal pain, you need a physician you can trust - someone with the experience and skills necessary to effectively treat you condition. Asking the right questions can help you find the perfect doctor for your situation.

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Potential Complications of GERD

We've been talking a lot about GERD lately - it's symptoms, and treatment options. In this article, we're going to dig into the potential complications of GERD and how to address them.

Potential Complications

If left untreated, GERD can lead to a whole host of complications. When too much stomach acid flows back into the esophagus over time, a patient can develop esophagitis, which can cause ulcers, esophageal bleeding, and scarring. Barrett’s esophagus is another complication of chronic GERD. This condition causes the lining of the esophagus to become more like the tissue lining the intestine. Patients with Barrett’s esophagus are also at an increased risk of developing esophageal adenocarcinoma – a serious (potentially fatal) type of cancer of the esophagus. 

While GERD impacts many individuals, it can often be treated effectively. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of GERD, set up an appointment with a gastroenterologist today for diagnosis and treatment.

About Dr. Ahsan Bhatti

Dr. Ahsan Bhatti is the owner of Bhatti GI Consultants in Minnesota. He has been practicing medicine for more than 20 years and has performed more than 40,000 advanced endoscopic procedures. Dr. Bhatti graduated from and completed an internship at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He then went on to serve his residency there in Internal Medicine and completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology. He completed an additional fellowship in both Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Bhatti specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of digestive diseases including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn, Barrett’s Esophagus, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), gallstones, Hepatitis C, jaundice, diseases of the liver, pancreatic disorders, as well as chest and abdomen cancer diagnosis and staging. 

 

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What Do Gastroenterologists Treat?

Gastroenterology is a complex sub-specialty that covers a wide range of conditions, diseases, and treatments. Having performed more than 40,000 gastrointestinal procedures over his twenty years as a practicing physician, Dr. Bhatti is one of the most experienced GI doctors in Minnesota. Contact us today at Bhatti GI Clinics to set up an appointment. Our clinics are located in Chaska and Edina - 952-368-3800.

Gastrointestinal Conditions & Diseases

From colon cancer to hepatitis, a GI physician can diagnose and treat a wide range of things. The following are just a handful of the conditions and diseases we treat patients for at Bhatti GI:

  • Hepatitis
  • Peptic Ulcers
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • IBS
  • GERD
  • Jaundice

At Bhatti GI, our Gastro surgeons treat patients throughout Minnesota.

Treatments we Provide

Accurately diagnosing the underlying cause of your symptoms is the first step toward successful treatment. Depending on your situation and the symptoms you are experiencing, your GI doctor may perform a physical examination, as well as various diagnostic tests in order to land on a diagnosis. After that you can develop a strategy with your physician about how to best treat your condition. Here are some of the treatments we provide at Bhatti GI that may be helpful for your condition:

  • Liver Biopsy
  • Banding
  • Colonoscopy
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Upper Endoscopy
  • Endoclip

Resources for Gastrointestinal Patients

Understanding your condition or treatment can be difficult, but we’ve compiled some resources to make it as easy as possible:

Twin Cities GI Clinic

If you are looking for an experienced gastroenterologist in the Richfield area, look no further than Bhatti GI! Contact us today at Bhatti GI to set up your appointment with Dr. Bhatti - 952-368-3800.

 

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Diagnosing & Treating GERD

Recently, we talked about some symptoms and risk factors of GERD. In this article, we are going to discuss how to best diagnose and treat GERD.

Diagnosing GERD

Before determining the best course of treatment for your GERD, it’s essential to get an accurate diagnosis from a qualified medical professional. This is true for any condition. If you don’t know the specifics of the underlying cause of your condition, you can’t hope to treat it effectively. Diagnosing GERD begins with a physical examination, coupled with a review of the patient’s medical history. Your doctor will likely ask you a variety of questions to determine what’s triggering your symptoms. Perhaps it’s a particular type of spicy food, for example. This will help your physician get a better understanding of your situation. 

In some cases, endoscopic or upper GI testing may be required to solidify a diagnosis. An upper GI series is a diagnostic x-ray that gives the physician a good view of the esophagus, stomach, and the upper part of the small intestine. This test is more helpful in ruling out other potential underlying causes (like peptic ulcers) rather than solidifying an exact diagnosis of GERD. 

Treatment Options

Once your physician has determined that GERD is the cause of your symptoms, you can begin to discuss treatment options. Effective treatment methods will vary from patient to patient. What works for one may not work for another. Your GI doctor, who has a full understanding of your condition and associated factors, will be able to make a recommendation as to the best course of treatment. 

Depending on your unique situation, treatment options for GERD may include any of the following:

  • Lifestyle and dietary change
  • Weight loss
  • Quit smoking
  • Medications (antacids, proton pump inhibitor, H2 blockers, etc.)
  • Surgery

Treatment typically begins with conservative options like lifestyle and dietary changes. For example, if you notice that a certain food is causing your GERD symptoms to flare up, avoid eating that food. Spicy foods, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and fatty foods are common culprits of acid reflux flare-ups. Additionally, not eating 2-3 hours prior to sleep can also decrease symptoms.

Chaska GERD Doctor

If these methods fail to effectively reduce symptoms, your gastroenterologist may recommend additional treatments like surgery. However, it should be noted that most patients will not require surgery for GERD and surgical intervention should only be used as a last resort when all other treatment options have been exhausted.

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Bhatti GI Now a Member of the Fairview Physician’s Association Network!

We are very pleased to announce our partnership with the FPA network and to introduce our clinic and services to you, our colleagues.

Ahsan Bhatti, MD, FACP has been practicing medicine for more than twenty years and has performed more than 40,000 advanced endoscopic procedures.  As one of the most experienced gastroenterologists in Minnesota, he is also one of the few to specialize in liver disease.

Dr. Bhatti’s team of compassionate caregivers is dedicated to providing a superior level of patient care. We have a full service clinic in Chaska, a clinic in Edina and a new surgery center opening soon in Chaska as well. We offer:

  • Easy Access – appointments are available within a week or less
  • Pediatric Care  - we see patients as young as 12 years old
  • State-of-the-art Technology - for Liver Biopsy, EGD, Colonoscopy, Endoscopic Ultrasound, ERCP, and Small Bowel Capsule Endoscopy
  • Diagnosis / Treatment  - including, but not limited to IBD, IBS, Celiac Disease, Liver Disease, Pancreatitis, Hepatitis C.
  • Administration of Remicade and Entyvio  - in our office Infusion Center
  • Dr Bhatti performs complex procedures in hospital and is privileged at Fairview Southdale, Fairview Ridges, North Memorial and Regions

We make referrals easy with an online referral form on our website.

As a referring physician, you are also our customer and we are dedicated to ensuring you remain informed on your patient’s treatment - and happy with our care. And, we’re interested in learning more about your practice, as there may be opportunities for us to refer to you.

 

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3 Tips for Finding the Right GI Doctor

When you’re in need of gastrointestinal care, finding the right doctor can be difficult. In this article, we are going to offer several tips for finding the right GI doctor for your unique situation.

Ask for a Referral

If you’re looking for a gastroenterologist, a great place to begin is to ask for a referral. Your primary care physician should be able to refer you to a GI doctor they trust. Your inner circle of family members and friends may also be a good resource to find a trusted physician or clinic.

Do Your Research

Once you have the name of a doctor or clinic, it’s a good idea to do some research on them. Find their website and read about their credentials, philosophy, and experience. This will give you a better idea of whether or not it’s a good fit.

Check for Reviews

It’s also important to do your due diligence and see what patients say about the doctor or clinic you intend to visit. Thankfully, in this day and age it has never been easier to find patient reviews. Just do a Google search for your doctor or clinic and read the reviews that pop up in their Google listing, Healthgrades listing, Ratemds listing, and the like.

GI Consultants in Minnesota

At Bhatti GI Clinics, we treat patients with a wide variety of gastrointestinal issues. Dr. Ahsan Bhatti is one of the most skilled and experienced gastrointestinal surgeons in all of Minnesota, with over 40,000 advanced procedures performed over the course of his two decades in practice. He is also one of the only gastroenterologists in the state to specialize in liver diseases. Contact us today at one of our Bhatti GI clinics in Edina and Chaska to set up your appointment with Dr. Bhatti and the rest of our team!

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GERD Symptoms & Risk Factors

Do you experience heartburn or acid reflux on a regular basis? Do these symptoms get worse when you eat certain foods? If so, you may be suffering from a condition known as GERD. GERD (short for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) is a common condition that can cause heartburn, acid reflux, and a host of other painful symptoms. Thankfully, the symptoms of GERD can be effectively treated – most often with conservative methods. This article is all about GERD. We’ll explain the causes, risk factors, symptoms, and potential treatment options for the condition.

What is GERD?

First thing’s first – what is GERD? Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease is a condition in which stomach contents return to the esophagus after passing through. This is caused by a weakness in the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). When functioning properly, the LES opens to allow food and liquids into the stomach, and prevents things from returning back up into the esophagus. In patients with GERD, the LES is weakened or doesn’t function properly, which allows stomach contents to flow back up into the esophagus. 

GERD Potential Risk Factors

When it comes to GERD, there are many potential risk factors that can increase a patient’s likelihood of the condition, including (but not limited to):

  • Hiatal hernia
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Diet and lifestyle
  • Smoking

If any of these factors apply, you may have an increased risk of developing GERD and you should keep an extra keen eye on any symptoms that arise.

Symptoms of GERD

GERD symptoms can be mild to severe, and acute or chronic. Each patient will experience symptoms differently, so it’s important to treat each case individually for optimal treatment. Here are some of the common symptoms that may indicate a GERD diagnosis:

  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Regurgitation
  • Belching
  • Coughing
  • Discomfort in the Abdomen
  • A Bitter Taste in the Mouth

GERD shares a lot of symptoms with other conditions (heartburn, acid reflux, etc.). As a result, it can be difficult to distinguish between GERD and other diseases and conditions. That’s why it’s essential to get a full diagnosis of the underlying cause of your symptoms before thinking about treatment options.

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Colonoscopy Bowel Prep FAQ

Preparing for your colonoscopy according to your doctor’s instructions is important for the success of the procedure. But prepping for your colonoscopy can be confusing and difficult. In this article, we are going to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about colonoscopy preparation.

What type of bowel prep will I get?

There are actually several types of bowel prep available to patients. The type of prep your doctor chooses for you will depend on your medical history, current condition, and medications you are currently taking.

Can you continue taking medications?

It’s important to tell your colonoscopy doctor about all of the medications you are currently taking. In general, you should be able to continue taking your current medications, but some drugs (especially aspirin products, blood thinners, and blood pressure meds) may interfere with the prep.

What are some side effects of bowel prep?

Every patient is different so side effects vary based on the patient. That said, common side effects of the colonoscopy prep process include nausea and vomiting, bloating, and abdominal pain. If you experience severe abdominal pain or persistent vomiting during your prep, call your doctor. 

Colonoscopy Doctor in the Twin Cities

At Bhatti GI Clinics, you can rest assured that you are in good hands. Dr. Ahsan Bhatti is perhaps the most skilled and experienced GI physician in the state of Minnesota, having performed more than 40,000 advanced gastrointestinal procedures throughout his two decades as a practicing physician. Whether you need to schedule a routine colonoscopy, or you’re experiencing digestive issues, we’ve got you covered. Reach out to our gastrointestinal specialists today to schedule your appointment. Our primary clinics are located in Edina and Chaska but we treat patients throughout the Twin Cities area.

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4 Signs you have Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease is one of the major types of IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), in which the autoimmune system mistakes harmless intestinal bacteria for invading substances. In response, inflammation occurs in the intestines. In this article, we are going to discuss four signs and symptoms that may indicate a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease.

Abdominal Pain & Cramps

Pain or cramping in the stomach or abdomen is very common in patients with Crohn’s disease, especially if the symptoms are chronic or recurring over time. 

Loss of Appetite or Weight Loss

A sudden or unexplained loss of appetite or losing a lot of weight without explanation can signal a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease.

Constipation, Diarrhea, or Other Bowel Issues

Chronic diarrhea, recurring constipation, or other bowel issues like rectal bleeding or having an urgent need to go to the bathroom can all indicate Crohn’s disease.

Menstrual Cycle Changes

Crohn’s disease can also disrupt menstrual cycles in women. If your menstrual cycle changes unexpectedly, this could be an indication of Chron’s disease.

Twin Cities Crohn’s Disease Doctor 

If you are experiencing any of these common symptoms of Crohn’s disease, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis from a specialist. If you need to make an appointment with a gastrointestinal specialist in the Twin Cities – look no further than Bhatti GI. Dr. Ahsan Bhatti has performed more than 40,000 advanced GI procedures over his twenty years in practice. He is also one of the only gastrointestinal doctors in Minnesota to specialize in liver disease. Contact us today to set up your appointment at Bhatti GI. Our clinics are located in Edina and Chaska – but we provide care throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding area.

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4 Signs You Have GERD – And What to Do About it

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD for short) is a digestive disorder in which stomach bile irritates the esophagus. It can be irritating and painful, but there are effective treatment methods available. In this article, we are going to talk about a few telltale signs of GERD and what you can do to treat the condition.

Chronic Heartburn

Chronic or recurring heartburn is perhaps the most common sign of GERD. If you are experiencing a burning sensation in your chest or throat – particularly after eating or when lying down – you could have GERD. 

Nausea & Regurgitation

Feeling nauseous or recurring regurgitation often accompany heartburn in patients with GERD. If you notice these symptoms in conjunction with heartburn it’s time to set up an appointment with your physician.

Bitter Taste in the Mouth

GERD causes stomach bile to re-enter the esophagus. Sometimes bile can make it further up into the throat and cause a bitter taste in the mouth.

Treating GERD

Thankfully, GERD can be effectively treated by a gastroenterologist. There are a variety of treatment options available to patients – such as: medications, lifestyle and diet adjustments, and surgical procedures. The best treatment option for you will depend on your specific situation. It’s important to consult with a physician to discuss your options.

Minnesota Gastroenterology Clinic

If you are searching for a gastroenterologist in the Twin Cities, look no further than Bhatti GI! Our team provides each and every patient with the compassionate care they deserve. You can rest assured that you are in good hands with us. Dr. Bhatti has over twenty years of experience and has performed more than 40,000 advanced procedures over that time period – making him one of the most skilled and experienced gastroenterology specialists in Minnesota. Contact us today to set up your appointment at one of our GI clinics – located in Edina and Chaska.

 

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Jaundice 101 – Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

Jaundice is a condition in which the patient’s skin turns a yellowish hue. It is often a sign of an underlying condition. This article is all about jaundice. We’ll discuss the causes and symptoms, as well as options for diagnosing and treating the condition.

What is Jaundice?

Jaundice is a condition that causes yellowing of the skin. It occurs when the liver can’t handle the red blood cells as they break down. Jaundice is common in newborn babies and is typically no cause for concern as it often goes away after a few weeks or months. But jaundice can also occur in adults – or patients or any age, for that matter. When it occurs in older patients, jaundice is typically a sign of an underlying condition, such as:

  • Cirrhosis, hepatitis, and other liver diseases
  • Blood diseases
  • Genetic syndromes
  • Bile Duct Blockages
  • Infections

Certain medications may also cause jaundice.

Diagnosing & Treating Jaundice

As with any GI condition, it’s important to narrow down a correct diagnosis before beginning treatment for jaundice. A gastroenterologist can diagnose the condition by way of a physical examination, coupled with imaging tests (x-rays, CT scans, etc.), blood tests, urine tests, and possibly liver biopsies. Once diagnosed, your physician will walk you through your various treatment options.

Gastroenterologist in Chaska, MN

Dr. Ahsan Bhatti has performed more than 40,000 advanced gastrointestinal procedures over the course of his twenty years in practice. With that level of experience, he is one of the most skilled gastroenterologists in the state of Minnesota – and one of the only ones to specialize in liver disease. Contact us today at Bhatti GI Clinics to set up an appointment with our team. Our primary clinics are located in the cities of Chaska and Edina, but we provide GI care to patients throughout the Twin Cities metro area.

 

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Signs of Colorectal Cancer You Should Never Ignore

Colon cancer is dangerous and potentially life-threatening. It’s also one of the easiest cancers to treat if caught early enough. To wrap up Colon Cancer Awareness Month, this article will discuss some of the signs of colorectal cancer that you should never ignore and why getting a colonoscopy may save your life.

Colon Cancer Symptoms

Colon cancer can present with a variety of different symptoms. Here are some of the signs and symptoms that may indicate a diagnosis of colorectal cancer:

  • Sudden or unexpected weight loss
  • Blood in the stool
  • Fatigue
  • Stomach Cramping
  • Irregular Bowel Movements
  • Shortness of Breath

The Importance of Screening Colonoscopies

Many of the signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer can be difficult to identify. That’s why it’s essential to get a screening colonoscopy when your doctor recommends. For most patients, age 50 is the first time a screening colonoscopy is recommended. It may be earlier for those with a history of colon cancer or other associated symptoms. Screening colonoscopies are safe and effective. If you’ve been putting off your colonoscopy, contact a GI doctor today. It could save your life!

Gastrointestinal Care in Chaska, MN

Dr. Ahsan Bhatti is a skilled gastroenterologist with more than 20 years of experience and over 40,000 advanced GI procedures performed over his career. Dr. Bhatti and the team at Bhatti GI consultants works hand-in-hand with each patient that walks through our clinic doors to provide compassionate, unparalleled care. We treat every patient with the respect they deserve and develop treatment strategies unique to your specific needs. Contact us today at Bhatti GI clinics (located in Chaska and Edina) to set up your appointment with us!

 

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Tips for Not Being Afraid of Your Colonoscopy

A screening colonoscopy is perhaps the best way to identify and treat colorectal cancer before it gets worse. The procedure is safe and effective. Despite that, many people dread going in for a colonoscopy. For some, the anxiety is so great that it actually prevents them from having the procedure done. In this article, we are going to offer a few tips for alleviating fear and anxiety about your colonoscopy.

Know When to be Screened

First, it’s important to know when you should get a screening colonoscopy. For most people screening colonoscopies should begin at age 50. If you have a family history of colon cancer or other warning signs, your doctor may recommend earlier or more frequent screening. Talk to your doctor about your situation.

Know What to Expect

Knowing what to expect from your clinic, doctor, and the procedure itself can be extremely helpful in reducing your colonoscopy-related anxieties. Visit your clinic’s website to learn more about the procedure and get preparation instructions. It’s also a good idea to talk with your doctor or clinic about any fears you might have. They will be able to answer all of your questions and help put you at ease prior to the procedure.

Twin Cities Colonoscopy Doctor

Dr. Ahsan Bhatti has more than two decades under his belt as a practicing gastroenterologist. During that time, he has successfully performed over 40,000 advanced GI procedures. With that track record, Dr. Bhatti is one of the most skilled and experienced GI physicians in the entire state of Minnesota. Contact Bhatti GI consultants today to set up your appointment with Dr. Bhatti and his team. Our primary clinics are located in Chaska and Edina, but we treat patients throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota.

 

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Colon Cancer Risk Factors to Look Out For

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the 3rd most cancer-related death among men and women in the United States. Since March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, we’re here to offer some educational information on the factors that can increase your risk for colon cancer. In this article, we are going to discuss some of the common risk factors for colon cancer, and how you can be proactive about prevention and treatment.

Family History

Having a family history of colon cancer is one of the biggest risk factors for developing the disease. If colon cancer runs in your family, it may be recommended that you have screening colonoscopies earlier or more often than normal. Talk to your physician about your specific situation to see what they recommend.

Not Getting Your Screening Colonoscopy

If caught in its early stages, colon cancer has a very high survival rate. However, many cases of colon cancer are not caught at an early stage (and are thus more difficult to treat). The best way to detect colon cancer is to get screening colonoscopies as recommended by your doctor. 

Colon Cancer Doctor in Minnesota

Colonoscopies are still the best way to identify, prevent, and help treat colon cancer. Remember to schedule your colonoscopy at age 50! Gastroenterologists diagnose and treat a wide range of complex conditions and diseases. When you need a GI doctor, it’s important that you find one with the skills and experience needed to address your situation. With more than two decades of experience and over 40,000 advanced GI procedures performed, Dr. Bhatti is one of the most skilled and experienced gastroenterologists in the entire state of Minnesota. Reach out to us today to set up your appointment at Bhatti GI. Our main clinics are located in Edina and Chaska, but we provide care to patients throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding area!

 

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EMR (Endoscopic Mucosal Resection) Procedure Explained

Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR for short) is a surgical procedure used to extract cancerous and precancerous tumors in the digestive tract. It is an incredibly useful tool in the prevention and treatment of various cancers. In this article, we are going to talk about the EMR (Endoscopic Mucosal Resection) procedure – what it is, and when it can be useful in treating gastrointestinal conditions.

What is the EMR Procedure?

Endoscopic Mucosal Resection is a procedure used to detect and remove precancerous growths from the digestive tract. The procedure involves using a small camera attached to a long, narrow tube to view and access the digestive tract. Depending on the location of interest, the tube is either inserted into the mouth or the anus to access the digestive tract. Once the tube arrives at the area in question, the surgeon feeds the necessary tools through the tube to extract any cancerous growths. In addition to growth removal, this procedure can also be used to gather tissue samples for further diagnosis.

What EMR can Treat

So when is Endoscopic Mucosal Resection a useful treatment method? Here are some of the conditions and diseases that EMR can be helpful in treating:

  • Barrett’s Esophagus
  • Colon Cancer
  • Esophagus Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Colon Polyps

Gastro Clinic in Chaska, MN

Endoscopic Mucosal Resections are complex procedures that require the help of a skilled gastroenterologist. Dr. Ahsan Bhatti has twenty years of experience and has performed more than 40,000 advanced gastroenterological procedures during the course of his career. As a result, he is one of the most experienced GI doctors in the Twin Cities, and one of the only GI physicians to specialize in liver diseases. Contact Bhatti GI today to set up your appointment at one of our gastroenterology clinics (located in Chaska and Edina). 

 

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4 Signs You Might Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is an intestinal disorder that causes pain, constipation, diarrhea, and other issues. Unfortunately, IBS has no cure – but there are treatment options available to manage the symptoms. In this article, we are going to talk about a few signs that may indicate a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome.

Chronic Pain in the Stomach or Abdomen

Chronic or recurring pain in the stomach or abdomen can be an indicator of IBS. However, this is a somewhat general symptom that can overlap with a number of other conditions, so it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis before moving forward with treatment.

Bowel Issues

Perhaps the most common symptom that many IBS patients experience is bathroom urgency. IBS can cause a number of bowel-related issues, from diarrhea, to constipation, to excessive gas and bloating. If you notice any changes in your bowels that come on suddenly, or that recur over time, consult with a gastroenterologist to discuss your treatment options.

Food Intolerance

Many patients with IBS have certain foods that can trigger symptoms. Patients who have food intolerance often do their best to avoid these foods that trigger their IBS symptoms. 

Anxiety

Anxiety is another common symptom that many IBS patients face. Many IBS patients experience anxiety as a result of their other IBS symptoms (for example, anxiety brought on by the fear of not being able to get to the bathroom quickly enough).

IBS Doctor in the Twin Cities

IBS can be managed effectively and allow patients to live normal lives. Dr. Ahsan Bhatti has performed over 40,000 advanced gastroenterological procedures over the course of his twenty years in practice. He is highly skilled and well respected among his peers as one of the best GI doctors in the state of Minnesota. Whether you need to schedule a colonoscopy screening, or you’re concerned about symptoms you’re experiencing, contact us today to set up an appointment at Bhatti GI. Our primary clinics are located in Chaska and Edina, but we provide gastrointestinal care to patients throughout the Twin Cities metro area!

 

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