Hepatitis C 101 – What you need to know

By: Rishi K. Agarwal, MD What is hepatitis? Hepatitis is a general term for inflammation of the liver, which can occur from a number of different sources including toxins, medications, heavy alcohol use, and viruses. Hepatitis C (HCV) is the most common viral hepatitis in the US with an estimated 3.2 million individuals with chronic… Read More »

Non-Surgical Solutions for Anorectal Disorders

By: Rajat N. Parikh, MD Anorectal disorders consist of a vast array of diagnoses and are common; however, patients affected remain undiagnosed and undertreated. Most common in these group of disorders are rectal bleeding from internal hemorrhoids, anal pain and constipation from anal fissures, and fecal incontinence. Internal hemorrhoid banding for rectal bleeding is a… Read More »

Shining a Light on the Pancreas

By: Kenneth M. Sigman, MD Mention the pancreas to most non-medical people and you will get a questioning stare. Most do not know where it is, its functions or the diseases that can affect it. Mention the pancreas to most medical professionals and the reactions will most likely be dread and fear of its disease… Read More »

Breakfast with the Doc: Common Gastrointestinal Issues Thursday, Nov. 21

Join Owen McLean, MD, with Birmingham Gastroenterology Associates at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen, as he talks about gallbladder, constipation, and reflux issues, and how to treat them. A registrered dietitian will also share dietary recommendations for various digestive disorders. You have probably heard the buzz. Is a gluten-free diet right for you? Hear what our… Read More »

Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question

The American Gastroenterology Association has compiled a list of 5 things that both physicians and patients should ask. When you have a lot of questions to ask your physician, plan ahead, so you won’t forget what you want to ask. Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question

Birmingham Live Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy Conference

This year’s Birmingham Live Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy Conference is scheduled for August 24, 2013. BGA’s own Dr. Kenneth Sigman and Dr. Craig Philpot are among the presenters. Continuing Education credit available for physicians and nurses. Click here for more information.

Esophageal Cancer Facts

Esophageal Cancer is a disease in which cancer cells form in the esophagus-a long hollow tube that runs from your throat to your stomach. It carries food after swallowed to your stomach for digestion. Symptoms of esophageal cancer include: Difficulty swallowing Unexplained weight loss Chest pain, pressure, or burning Fatigue Frequent choking while eating Indigestion… Read More »

Colorectal Cancer with Dr. David Miller

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. According to the CDC, among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die… Read More »