Gastric problems and solutions

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Look Out For The Subtle Symptoms Of Gastric Ulcer!

A gastric ulcer, also known as stomach ulcer is usually caused by an infection with a germ called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). A 4 to 8 week course of acid-suppressing medication will let the ulcer heal. In addition, a 1 week course of two antibiotics with an acid-suppressing medicine will usually clean the H. pylori infection. This in most cases prevents the ulcer from returning. Anti-inflammatory medicines which are used to treat conditions such as arthritis can sometimes cause stomach ulcers.

What Are The Symptoms?
  • Pain in the abdomen just below the breastbone (sternum) is the most common symptom. It usually comes and goes in short bursts. Food makes this pain worse.The pain may even wake you from sleep.
  • Bloating, retching, and feeling sick. You may feel particularly 'full' after a meal.
  • Bleeding ulcer which can range from a 'trickle' to a life-threatening bleed.
  • Perforation is where the ulcer goes right through (perforates) the wall of the stomach. Food and acid then leak into the abdominal cavity. This usually causes pain and calls for immediate action.

How Is It Treated?
A 4 to 8 week course of a medicine that reduces the amount of acid that your stomach makes is commonly advised. The most common medicine is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). PPIs are a class of medicines that work on the cells that line the stomach, reducing the creation of acid. These include esomeprazole, lansoprazole, omeprazole, pantoprazole & rabeprazole, and come in many brand names. Sometimes another group of medicines called H2 blockers are used.

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Stomach Cancer Treatment in Chennai

Stomach is part of the digestive system. It is located in the upper abdomen, between the esophagus and the small intestine. Stomach Cancer also called gastric cancer. 85% cases of stomach cancer cases are adenocarcinomas that occur in the lining of the stomach. Approximately 40 percent of cases develop in the lower part of the stomach; 40 percent develop in the middle part; and 15 percent develop in the upper part. In about 10 percent cases, cancer develops in more than one part of the stomach.

When should you visit a doctor ?
  • Indigestion
  • Feeling 
  • Bloated after you eat a meal 
  • Heartburn 
  • Slight nausea 
  • Loss of appetite
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Causes of Stomach Cancer

The causes of stomach cancer is unknown. Age and gender are risk factors and the disease is more common in men over the age of 55.

A diet high in salt and nitrates and low in vitamins A and C increases the risk for stomach cancer. Other dietary risk factors includes food preparation (e.g preserving food by smoking, salt-curing, pickling, or drying) and environment (e.g., lack of refrigeration, poor drinking water). Medical conditions that increase the risk of stomach cancer include pernicious anemia, chronic inflammation of the stomach, and intestinal polyps.

Genetic (hereditary) risk factors include hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer (HNPCC) syndrome and Li-Fraumeni syndrome, and a family history of gastrointestinal cancer. People with type A blood also have an increased risk for stomach cancer.

How is it Treated?

Chemotherapy : Chemotherapy involves using drugs to destroy cancer cells.Drugs may be administered orally or through an IV (ie., through a vein) and treatment often is administered on outpatient basis. .
Radiation Therapy: Radiation involves using high-energy x-rays to destroy cancer cells. This treatment may be used after surgery for gastric cancer to destroy remaining cancer cells.
Surgical Treatment: Treatment for stomach cancer depends on several factors, including the size, location, and extent of the tumor; the stage of the disease; and the patient's age and overall health.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Hiatal Hernia Treatment in Chennai

Hiatal Hernia occurs when an organ pushes through an opening in the muscle or tissue that holds it in place. For example, the intestines may break through a weakened area in the abdominal wall. Hernias are most common in the abdomen, but they can also appear in the upper thigh, belly button, and groin areas. Most hernias are not immediately life threatening, but they don’t go away on their own and can require surgery to prevent potentially dangerous complications.

Causes of hernia:

Hernias are caused by a combination of muscle weakness and strain. Depending on its cause, a hernia can develop quickly or over a long period of time.

Common causes of muscle weakness include:
  • Failure of the abdominal wall to close properly in the womb, which is a congenital defect
  • Age
  • Chronic coughing
  • Damage from injury or surgery
  • Being pregnant, which puts pressure on your abdomen
  • Being constipated, which causes you to strain when having a bowel movement
  • Heavy weight lifting
  • Fluid in the abdomen, or ascites
  • Suddenly gaining weight
  • Persistent coughing or sneezing

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When should you visit a doctor ?

  • Swelling beneath the skin
  • Pain while bending or doing things
  • Vomiting blood
  • Traces of blood in stools
  • Burning sensation in heart
  • Belching
  • Chest pain
  • Feeling full after meals

How is  Hiatal Hernia Treated?

Whether or not you need treatment depends on the size of your hernia and the severity of your symptoms. Your doctor may simply monitor your hernia for possible complications. Treatment options for a hernia include:

Lifestyle changes :Dietary changes can often treat the symptoms of a hiatal hernia. Avoid large or heavy meals, don’t lie down or bend over after a meal, and keep your body weight in a healthy range.If these changes in diet don’t eliminate your discomfort, you may need surgery to correct the hernia. You can also improve symptoms by avoiding foods that cause acid reflux or heartburn, such as spicy foods and tomato-based foods. Additionally, you can avoid reflux by losing weight and giving up cigarettes.

Medication :If you have a hiatal hernia, over-the-counter and prescription medications that reduce stomach acid can relieve your discomfort and improve symptoms.

Surgery :If your hernia is growing larger or causing pain, your doctor may decide that it’s best to operate. Your doctor may repair your hernia by sewing the hole in the abdominal wall closed during surgery. This is most commonly done by patching the hole with surgical mesh.Hernias can be repaired with either open or laparoscopic surgery. Laparoscopic surgery uses a tiny camera and miniaturized surgical equipment to repair the hernia using only a few small incisions. Laparoscopic surgery is less damaging to the surrounding tissue.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer begins in the tissues of your pancreas — an organ in your abdomen that lies horizontally behind the lower part of your stomach. 

Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms: 
  • Upper abdominal pain that may radiate to your back 
  • Yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice) 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Weight loss 
  • Depression 
  • Blood clots

Surgery - Surgery may be an option if your pancreatic cancer is confined to the pancreas. Operations used in people with pancreatic cancer include: 
  • Surgery for tumors in the pancreatic head, you may consider an operation called a Whipple procedure (pancreatoduodenectomy). 
  • Surgery for tumors in the pancreatic tail and body is called distal pancreatectomy. Your surgeon may also remove your spleen. Surgery carries a risk of bleeding and infection. 

Radiation Therapy - Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams, such as X-rays, to destroy cancer cells. 
In specialized medical centers, radiation therapy may be delivered during surgery (intraoperative radiation).

Chemotherapy - Chemotherapy uses drugs to help kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy can be injected into a vein or taken orally.  In people with advanced pancreatic cancer, chemotherapy may be used alone or it may be combined with targeted drug therapy.

Targeted Therapy - Targeted therapy uses drugs that attack specific abnormalities within cancer cells. The targeted drug erlotinib (Tarceva) blocks chemicals that signal cancer cells to grow and divide. 

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Are You in Search of Better Treatment for Appendicitis ? We are here for you.

Appendicitis is a condition caused by inflammation of the appendix . The appendix is a blind- ended tube (closed at one end) of tissue attached to the large intestine in the lower right abdomen.

When the appendix becomes infected or blocked, inflammation occurs. Blockages can be caused by:
  • Stool
  • Foreign bodies (objects or substances that have been introduced from outside)
  • One tumor
An early symptom of appendicitis is pain, usually in the center of the abdomen, but sometimes on the right side. Pain can be fuzzy at first, but may become more acute and severe. Other symptoms that accompany the pain may be mild fever (above normal but lower values at 100 °), vomiting or nausea. As the condition progresses, usually, you feel a severe pain in the lower right abdomen.

As the appendix continues to swell, symptoms may include:

  • Acute or worsening pain, or tingling in the abdomen, rectum or back
  • Swelling or tenderness of the abdomen
  • Severe nausea or vomiting
  • High fever (over 100 °)
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Inability to eliminate the gas

GastroSurgeonOnline provides the best Appendicitis Treatment in Chennai. Appendicitis can be difficult to diagnose because there are other conditions that cause similar symptoms. Not all who have appendicitis exhibit all of these symptoms. If you have any of these symptoms, particularly abdominal pain that continues and worsens, contact your doctor immediately.