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Irritable bowel syndrome, also called IBS, is a gastrointestinal disorder associated with a variety of symptoms, such as abdominal pain and bloating. IBS is a chronic condition, but there are treatments for helping manage symptoms. Treatment for IBS is available at Rochester Gastroenterology Associates, serving Rochester, Victor, Pittsford, Webster, Fairport, and Brighton, NY, where our GI doctors can develop an individualized treatment plan for you.
Symptoms of IBS
IBS affects an estimated 60 million adults in the US, with women developing the condition more often than men. The exact cause of IBS is not known, but the condition can be diagnosed through blood work, stool sample testing, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy.
Patients with IBS can experience a wide range of gastrointestinal symptoms at different times. They may go through asymptomatic periods, followed by an intense flare-up of symptoms. Some factors can aggravate IBS symptoms and contribute to a flare-up. For example, stress, certain foods, and hormone fluctuations can all induce IBS symptoms.
The signs or symptoms of IBS include:
- Abdominal pain
- Unintended weight loss
- Mucus in the stool
- Rectal bleeding
Treatments for IBS
There are many options for treating IBS and its symptoms. Treatment depends on several factors, including the type of symptoms being experienced. At our office serving Rochester, Victor, Pittsford, Webster, Fairport, and Brighton, NY, a GI doctor can develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific symptoms. Some ways to treat IBS include:
- Stress management
- Relaxation techniques
- Lifestyle changes
- Dietary changes
- High-fiber diet
If you have any of the signs of IBS, such as frequent abdominal pain or constipation, see a GI doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Several options are available for managing the symptoms of IBS. For a GI doctor in Rochester, Victor, Pittsford, Webster, Fairport, or Brighton, NY, call Rochester Gastroenterology Associates at (585) 267-4040 or (585) 227-1080.
If you have an appointment with your gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy to check for early signs of colon cancer, there is no need to feel apprehensive about the preparation. Although you might feel it’s a little inconvenient, it’s well worth the effort and could end up saving your life. Dr. Prasad Penmetsa, Dr. Surinder Devgun, and Dr. Ari Chodos are gastroenterologists at Rochester Gastroenterology Associates in Rochester NY. They can help you prepare for your colonoscopy.
How Your Prepare for a Colonoscopy
The most important part of prepping for a colonoscopy is to empty the colon. If your bowel preparation isn’t completed properly, your Rochester gastroenterologist may miss polyps and lesions and the whole process may need to be repeated. There are several stages of colonoscopy preparation. These include:
- Diet preparation: Three days before your colonoscopy is due, eliminate high fiber foods such as seeds, grains, nuts, and raw fruits and vegetables from your diet. The day before your procedure, avoid solid foods. Your dietary intake should be limited to the broth, clear juice, and tea or coffee. This should continue on the day of your colonoscopy, but you should stop eating and drinking completely for two hours before your procedure.
- Bowel preparation: On the morning of your procedure, you will be required to drink a liquid that will evacuate your bowel completely. Our doctor will provide you with liquid and full instructions.
Make sure that you get everything your need for your colonoscopy preparation, including all the necessary instruction ahead of time and read them thoroughly. If you have any questions call your Rochester Gastroenterologist as soon as possible.
If you are looking for a gastroenterologist in Rochester NY, call Dr. Prasad Penmetsa, Dr. Surinder Devgun, and Dr. Ari Chodos. For the Hagen Drive office in Rochester NY, call (585) 267-4040. For the Canal Landing office in Rochester NY, call (585) 227-1080.