Digestive system disorders can affect any part of your gastrointestinal system, from the esophagus to the anus. AZZ Medical Associates has a gastroenterology team at its offices in Old Bridge, Brick Township, Hamilton Township, and Ewing, New Jersey, providing specialized care to patients with digestive disorders. They diagnose and treat conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gallstones, hemorrhoids, and many more. Call AZZ Medical Associates today or book an appointment online if you need expert help with a gastroenterology problem.
Gastroenterology focuses on problems with your digestive system. This includes the:
AZZ Medical Associates employs some of New Jersey’s top gastroenterologists. They provide expert, compassionate care to patients with acute (sudden) and chronic (long-term) gastrointestinal disorders.
Some of the many gastroenterology conditions the AZZ Medical Associates team treats include:
IBD includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
To diagnose your condition, the gastroenterologists at AZZ Medical Associates complete a thorough physical exam, review your medical history, and ask about your symptoms. You might need bloodwork or diagnostic imaging (like an X-ray or ultrasound) to confirm a diagnosis.
In some cases, you might need a procedure like a colonoscopy. This is an internal exam where your doctor inserts a tiny camera on a flexible tube (colonoscope) into your rectum. These procedures aren’t available on-site, but your doctor can refer you.
The symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders vary depending on their cause. Common ones include:
Indigestion is an umbrella term for problems like dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), acid reflux (where stomach acid travels up the esophagus, causing heartburn), abdominal pain, excessive belching, and bloating.
Stomach upset symptoms include nausea and vomiting, stomach cramps, and loss of appetite.
Bowel movement changes like diarrhea (loose stools) or constipation (hard, dry stools) are common gastroenterology symptoms. Others include rectal bleeding, pain in the lower abdomen, rectum, or anus, odd-colored stools, and fecal incontinence (inability to hold stools).
You might also suffer from weakness and fatigue. Some conditions cause unexplained weight loss.
In most cases, you can help your gastroenterology symptoms considerably by improving your diet, losing weight, quitting smoking, no longer drinking alcohol, and getting more exercise.
You might require prescription medication for some conditions or a referral for surgery like gallbladder removal or bowel resection.
Call AZZ Medical Associates today or book an appointment online to benefit from the gastroenterology team’s expertise.