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Bhatti GI Blog

Each month we will post articles on various GI topics. We hope you will find our blog to be interesting and informative. Stop back often!

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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Be Good To Your Liver

Be Good To Your Liver

Your liver is one of the hardest working organs in your body. Think of it as your own personal filtering system as it cleans your blood and helps you digest food.

Everything you eat or drink passes through your liver. It’s the liver’s job to help break down the nutrients in food and spread the nutrients throughout the body via the bloodstream and eliminate the toxic waste that’s left.  

Liver-Friendly Foods

Taking care of your liver is a critical part of maintaining overall good health. Exercising and eating right are important. Some liver-friendly foods are also quite tasty:

  • Garlic
  • Grapefruit
  • Avocado
  • Beets
  • Apples

Unfortunately, we are seeing an increase in the number of people with liver disease and according to the American Liver Foundation about 1 in 10 people have some form of liver disease.

Some liver disease may be inherited. And some problems arise when certain viruses or harmful chemicals infect your body. Too much alcohol can lead to Cirrhosis, and some medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol)  can create issues if you take too much. Mistreating your liver can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, chronic fatigue, headaches and digestive problems. 

Common Liver Conditions

Dr. Bhatti is one of the few Gastroenterologists in Minnesota who specializes in treating liver disease. Some of the liver conditions that we commonly treat include:

Your liver is an amazing organ that helps your immune system fight infections, removes bacteria from the blood and makes bile, which is essential for digestion.

Minnesota Liver Doctor

Please be good to your liver so your liver is good to you. And call us at Bhatti GI in Chaska or Edina if you have any questions or concerns about your liver - 952-368-3800

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Colon Cancer Awareness

March was designated Colon Cancer Awareness Month in the year 2000 by President Bill Clinton. In the United States, Colon Cancer is the third most common cancer taking the lives of over 50,000 people each year. It affects both men and women of all ethnic groups and is most often found in people over the age of 50. Unfortunately, it can affect young people too.

Colon cancer occurs when healthy cells in the colon or rectum develop errors in their DNA. These mutated cells – or cancer cells divide and grow to form a tumor. If left unchecked, the tumor (cancer) will continue to grow and destroy normal tissue – and can also travel to other parts of the body.

Colon Cancer Symptoms

There is no one specific cause for colon cancer, but there are certain risk factors including family history. Symptoms of the disease include:

  • A change in bowel behavior - including diarrhea or constipation that lasts for several weeks.
  • Bleeding from the rectum or blood in your stool
  • Persistent discomfort, such as stomach cramps, gas or pain
  • A feeling that your bowel doesn't empty completely
  • Unexplained weight loss

The good news is that when discovered early, colon cancer is highly treatable. There are currently more than one million colon cancer survivors in the U.S.

A Colonoscopy can save your life. There are numerous types of colon cancer screening, but colonoscopy is the gold standard for detecting cancer of the colon and rectum. Screening should begin at age 50 -- or earlier if you have a family history. If you are 50 or older and have not yet had a colonoscopy, please remember that early detection can save lives. 

Chaska Colonoscopy Clinic

At Bhatti GI, we make getting a colonoscopy easy. Patients can be seen within a week and we offer pre-op physicals on the same day as your colonoscopy. Screening colonoscopy with no findings is covered by most insurance plans at no cost to the patient. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to schedule a colonoscopy, please call us at 952-368-3800.

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