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Identifying & Treating the 3 Types of Pancreatitis

When it comes to pancreatitis, there are three main types – acute pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis, and hereditary pancreatitis. But what’s the difference between these three types and how are they treated? In this article, we are going to discuss the three basic types of pancreatitis, and how to treat each.

Acute vs. Chronic Pancreatitis

The most basic distinction of pancreatitis is whether the condition is acute or chronic. Essentially, acute means short-term, while chronic means long-lasting or recurring. Acute pancreatitis typically resolves within a few days. However, it does often require pain medication, antibiotics, and IV fluids. 

Chronic pancreatitis requires a more complex approach to treatment. Patients suffering from chronic pancreatitis may require a long hospital stay to manage pain and provide hydration via IV. Long-term, patients will have to adjust their diet and perhaps take an enzyme supplement. If there is a lot of damage to the pancreas, surgery may be required to remove parts of the pancreas.

Hereditary Pancreatitis

Hereditary pancreatitis is simply pancreatitis that runs in the family. Hereditary pancreatitis can be either acute or chronic. Diagnosis typically begins with a review of the patient’s medical history and a physical exam. Diagnostic tests can help narrow down a diagnosis. A patient who has pancreatitis in their family should be screened for the condition earlier and more frequently than others. Treatment is patient-specific and will depend on the extent of the condition.

Pancreas Doctor in Bloomington, MN

Dr. Bhatti has performed more than 40,000 advanced gastroenterology procedures over his two decades in practice. That makes him one of the most skilled and experienced GI doctors in the state. No matter what type of gastrointestinal symptoms you are experiencing, we can help provide a full diagnosis and recommend treatment options. Reach out to us today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Bhatti at our Chaska or Edina GI clinic locations. 

 

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When is a Liver Biopsy Necessary?

Liver biopsies can be helpful diagnostic tools when attempting to fully diagnose a variety of gastrointestinal diseases. But when is a liver biopsy helpful or necessary in the course of treatment? This article is all about liver biopsies. We’ll talk about the procedure itself, and when it can be useful in identifying and treating GI conditions.

The Liver Biopsy

First off, let’s talk briefly about the liver biopsy procedure itself. A liver biopsy is a simple diagnostic surgical procedure in which a small tissue sample is taken from the patient’s liver for further examination and testing. There are three types of liver biopsy procedures:

  • Percutaneous Biopsy. This is the most common type of liver biopsy. During the procedure a hollow needle is inserted into the liver through the abdomen to remove the sample.
  • Transvenous Biopsy. In this procedure, the surgeon makes a tiny incision in the neck, and inserts a sheath through the jugular vein to access the liver.
  • Laparoscopic Biopsy. This procedure involves the use of a laparoscope – a tiny tube with a camera – in order to view the surface of the liver as well as extract a sample.

 

When to Consider a Liver Biopsy

A liver biopsy can be incredibly useful when trying to diagnose a patient’s condition. Here are a few of the GI symptoms that a liver biopsy can help get to the bottom of:

  • Enlargement of the liver
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin)
  • Liver enzymes (abnormal liver blood tests)
  • An abnormality of the liver as detected by a CT scan, ultrasound, or other imaging tool

 

Gastroenterology Clinics in Minnesota

As one of Minnesota’s premier gastroenterologists, Dr. Bhatti has over twenty years of experience treating patients throughout the state and has performed more than 40,000 advanced GI procedures. At Bhatti GI, we do our best to provide compassionate, unparalleled care to each and every patient who walks through our doors. Contact us today to set up your appointment with Dr. Bhatti. Our primary GI clinics are located in Edina and Chaska, but we serve patients throughout the Twin Cities metro area.

 

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What is Bravo Acid Reflux Testing?

GERD and related acid reflux symptoms can be painful and lead to further complications if not addressed in a timely manner. But before you begin treating GERD, it’s important to narrow down an accurate diagnosis. In this article, we are going to discuss the Bravo acid reflux testing procedure.

The Bravo Test

The Bravo test is a simple and effective method for diagnosing your GERD acid reflux symptoms. The test itself involves placing a tiny pH capsule to the esophageal wall. During the testing period, the Bravo capsule measures pH in the esophagus and sends the information to a recorder worn on your belt. You will be given local anesthesia and your GI physician will insert the Bravo capsule into your esophagus with a delivery device.

Once the initial procedure is complete, you will be able to go about your daily routine as normal. Upon completion of the testing period, you will return the recording device to your physician, who will then read and analyze the results. This will help your doctor diagnose the extent of your condition and offer treatment recommendations.

For more information on how to prepare for your Bravo test, click HERE.

Minnesota Gastroenterology Clinic

If you are experiencing acid reflux and other symptoms of GERD, the Bravo test may be a good diagnostic method for you. Contact a GI doctor to see if you are a good candidate. With over twenty years in practice, and more than 40,000 advanced GI procedures performed throughout his career, Dr. Ahsan Bhatti is one of the most experienced and skilled gastroenterologists in Minnesota. At Bhatti GI, we make it a point to provide compassionate, individualized care to each and every one of our patients. If you need to schedule a colonoscopy, or you’re experiencing gastrointestinal pain, contact Dr. Bhatti for a full diagnosis. Reach out to us today to set up your appointment with Dr. Bhatti at our Edina or Chaska clinic locations.

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4 Signs That May Indicate Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is a serious – potentially fatal – condition that needs to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible to ensure the best outcome. Unfortunately, the signs and symptoms of colon cancer can be difficult for patients to self-diagnose. In this article, we are going to discuss some of the most common signs and symptoms that may indicate colon cancer, and when it’s time to make an appointment with a GI doctor.

Abdominal Discomfort

Cramping, pain, or discomfort in the abdominal region that lasts for a long time, or recurs over days or weeks is a potential sign of colon cancer. However, abdominal pain is a potential symptom of many different conditions so it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis from a GI specialist.

Bowel Movement Changes

Another sign that may indicate a diagnosis of colon cancer is changes in bowel movements. This can include: blood in the stool, constipation, changes in the consistency of stool, and changes in bowel habits.

Weight Loss

Unexpected or unintended weight loss is another potential symptom of colon cancer. If you find that you’re losing an excessive amount of weight without changing your diet or exercise habits, it may be time to make an appointment with your doctor.

Weakness & Fatigue

Feeling generally weak or fatigued may also be an indication of colon cancer. Again, this is a broad symptom that may indicate a wide variety of conditions. Consult with your physician to get an accurate diagnosis before moving forward to treatment.

MN Gastroenterologists

 

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it’s time to make an appointment with a gastroenterologist to fully diagnose your condition. The best way to prevent and diagnose colon cancer is a colonoscopy. Dr. Ahsan Bhatti is one of the most skilled and experienced GI doctors in the state of Minnesota – with more than 40,000 advanced gastrointestinal procedures under his belt over twenty years in practice. Contact us today at Bhatti GI clinics to set up your appointment at one of our Minnesota clinic locations (in Edina and Chaska).

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Identifying & Treating Malabsorption Syndrome

Malabsorption syndrome is a dangerous condition that can cause serious issues in affected patients. This article is all about malabsorption syndrome – what it is, and how to prevent / treat the condition.

What is Malabsorption Syndrome?

Malabsorption syndrome is a condition in which the body is unable to properly absorb the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals it needs to thrive. Malabsorption can be caused by a variety of things, such as:

  • HIV
  • Celiac disease and other conditions that affect the intestine
  • Pancreatitis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Diseases caused by parasites in the GI tract
  • Certain surgical procedures that impact the intestinal tract

 

Symptoms of Malabsorption Syndrome

There are a variety of signs that may indicate a diagnosis of malabsorption syndrome. Some of the common symptoms of malabsorption syndrome include:

  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Abdominal Discomfort
  • Gas & Bloating
  • Frequent Diarrhea

 

Treating Malabsorption Syndrome

Treatment of malabsorption syndrome must begin at the diagnosis stage. Your GI doctor can make a diagnosis by performing a physical exam, examining your medical history, and ordering various lab tests. Treating malabsorption syndrome requires providing nutritional support to the patient, while addressing the underlying cause of the condition.

Chaska Gastro Doctor

 

If you are experiencing symptoms of malabsorption syndrome, contact a gastroenterologist today. At Bhatti GI, we treat patients throughout Minnesota for a wide range of gastrointestinal issues. Dr. Ahsan Bhatti has performed more than 40,000 advanced GI procedures over the course of his twenty years at a gastroenterologist. We work with each and every patient to make sure they understand their treatment and feel comfortable every step of the way. If you are interested in learning more about banding and how it can help you, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Contact Bhatti GI today at our Edina or Chaska GI clinics to set up your appointment with Dr. Bhatti.

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Sigmoidoscopy – What is it & When is it Used?

A sigmoidoscopy is a common gastroenterological procedure that allows your GI specialist to closely examine the sigmoid colon. It can be used to check for signs of cancer, as well as other conditions. In this article, we are going to discuss the ins and outs of the sigmoidoscopy procedure.

What is a Sigmoidoscopy?

A sigmoidoscopy is a GI procedure that allows a gastroenterologist to examine the sigmoid colon (the lower portion of the colon). The procedure involves using a sigmoidoscope (a flexible tube with a camera attached) to check for issues in the colon. Similar to a colonoscopy, the sigmoidoscopy is primarily used as a preventive screening measure to check patients for colon cancer and colorectal cancer. This procedure can also be used to diagnose other symptoms such as rectal bleeding, blood in the stool, and abdominal pain.

Sigmoidoscopy vs. Colonoscopy – What’s the Difference?

The sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy procedures are similar but not identical. While a colonoscopy is used to examine the entire colon, a sigmoidoscopy examines only the sigmoid colon. Some instances may warrant closer inspection of the sigmoid colon. In this situations, your physician may use a sigmoidoscopy to better diagnose your condition.

Sigmoidoscopy Surgeon in Edina, MN

 

If you need to schedule a sigmoidoscopy procedure, contact Bhatti GI today. With two decades of experience and more than 40,000 advanced GI procedures under his belt, Dr. Bhatti is one of the most skilled gastroenterologists in the state of Minnesota. At Bhatti GI, it’s our goal to provide individualized, unparalleled care to each and every one of our patients.  Our primary clinics are located in Chaska and Edina, but we provide treatment to patients throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. Contact us today to set up your appointment with Dr. Bhatti and the care team at Bhatti GI clinics.

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Celiac Disease - Then & Now

In this article, we are going to talk a little bit about the history of Celiac Disease, and dive a little deeper into its diagnosis and treatment.

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac Disease is an immune response to Gliadins in the diet in susceptible patients that lead to inflammatory response and damage in the small bowel. Celiac Disease can impact any patient, but the highest prevalence is in women (with the female to male ratio being 2:1). The disease can also impact patients of all ages, though more than 20% are older than 60.

Celiac Disease Then & Now

In the past, Celiac Disease was rare, had a high mortality rate, and was most often found in children. Now the disease is much more common, impacts patients of all ages, and has a low mortality rate.

Diagnosis of Celiac Disease

Accurate diagnosis of Celiac Disease is essential, as its symptoms overlap with many other potential conditions. To arrive at a diagnosis, your physician may employ any of the following tactics:

  • History and supportive clinical features
  • Supportive Serologies
  • Small bowel Biopsy
  • Examination of clinical response to Gluten free diet

 

When To do EGD and Biopsy

All patients with Celiac Disease should have a biopsy before beginning a gluten free diet. This allows your physician to confirm an accurate diagnosis and acts as a baseline for future progression.

Treatment Options

When Celiac Disease is confirmed in a patient, there are many potential treatment strategies, including:

  • Gluten free diet life-long
  • Working with a skilled Dietician
  • And More.

Minnesota GI Physicians

At Bhatti GI, we have been treating patients suffering from Celiac Disease for years. Dr. Ahsan Bhatti has performed more than 40,000 advanced GI procedures over the past two decades and has the experience necessary to treat your symptoms. Contact us today at Bhatti GI to set up your appointment!

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Screening Colonoscopy vs. Diagnostic Colonoscopy

Colonoscopies can be utilized by your physician in several different situations to diagnose and prevent various conditions, including colon cancer. But not all colonoscopy procedures are the same. In this article, we are going to discuss the difference between two common types of colonoscopies - the screening colonoscopy and the diagnostic colonoscopy.

Screening Colonoscopy

A screening colonoscopy is used to screen patients for colon cancer and related issues. This type of colonoscopy is typically called for when a patient reaches a certain age range, or if they have a family history of colon cancer. It is used as a preventive measure to screen patients for cancerous polyps, and other serious issues so these conditions can be prevented and treated appropriately.

Diagnostic Colonoscopy

A diagnostic colonoscopy, while basically the same procedure, is used in different situations than a screening colonoscopy. Diagnostic colonoscopies are used when a patient exhibits specific symptoms that may indicate colon cancer or other issues. This procedure helps the physician further diagnose the patient’s condition. Diagnostic colonoscopies may also involve biopsies, lesion removals, and the like. Unlike screening colonoscopies, diagnostic colonoscopies are not performed when a patient reaches a certain age, but rather when they begin exhibiting certain symptoms.

Colonoscopy Clinics in Minnesota

 

Colonoscopies are one of the best tools we have to prevent and treat patients with colon cancer. When you need a colonoscopy, you want to make sure you visit a surgeon you can trust. Dr. Bhatti is one of the most respected and experienced colonoscopy surgeons in the state of Minnesota. He has performed more than 40,000 advanced GI procedures over his twenty years as a practicing gastroenterologist. Whether you need a screening colonoscopy or a diagnostic colonoscopy, Bhatti GI has you covered. Contact Bhatti GI Consultants today to set up your appointment with Dr. Bhatti at our Edina or Chaska clinic.

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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

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

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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