Who Should Schedule a Colonoscopy? 

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A colonoscopy is a powerful prevention tool, but the procedure itself is quite simple. Your Charleston gastroenterology specialist will perform your colonoscopy, checking for signs of cancer as well as other changes in your large intestine and rectum. Read on to learn more about who should schedule a colonoscopy (colorectal screening) – and when! Charleston GI […]

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Is My Nausea COVID-19 Related? Gastrointestinal Problems vs COVID-19

COVID-19 shares many symptoms with the flu, sometimes making it difficult to diagnose. Symptoms like diarrhea, nausea and vomiting can be associated with both COVID-19 and other everyday illnesses – but a trained gastroenterologist can help! Our GI specialists have provided some useful insights below, so take a look! How Do I Know if My […]

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Is Diarrhea A COVID-19 Symptom?

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Early diagnosis is key in preventing the spread of COVID-19. That is why it is important to recognize the symptoms! Read on to learn more about what to watch for. Is Diarrhea a COVID-19 symptom? While considered a rare symptom, diarrhea could potentially point to COVID-19. If you are experiencing diarrhea, consult your gastroenterologist. A […]

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What To Eat After A Colonoscopy

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Your colonoscopy is a simple procedure, but it is important to follow your GI specialist’s instructions before and after your visit. While colonoscopy prep often receives more attention, there are a few things to keep in mind following your procedure as well. For instance, a common question is, “What Can I Eat After A Colonoscopy?” […]

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How Long Does A Colonoscopy Procedure Take?

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Colon cancer is a serious disease, but screening for it is simple. A colonoscopy, an outpatient procedure performed by your GI specialist, is recommended for all Americans over 45 years old. Charleston GI makes quality care even more convenient, performing colonoscopies at our three local endoscopy centers. What is a Colonoscopy? A colonoscopy is used […]

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How Do I Know If I Have Colon Cancer? Colon Cancer Awareness Month

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In recognition of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, Charleston GI is shining the light on a disease that claims far too many lives right here in our community. While our gastroenterologists focus year-round on preventing colorectal cancer, we would like to take this opportunity to answer a few commonly asked questions. What is Colon Cancer? Colon […]

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Common Unhealthy Habits That Harm Your Digestive Health

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The choices you make every day impact your digestive health. Even seemingly insignificant decisions, like which snack to munch on, can affect your body’s function – and the way you feel. Stress also plays a major role, plaguing many Americans and contributing to a host of unhealthy habits harming your digestion and overall health. In […]

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Are You Living With An Esophageal Motility Disorder?

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Esophageal motility disorder is a condition that affects the digestive tract, causing unpleasant symptoms and a disruption to everyday life. For patients suffering from this GI disorder, the esophageal muscles fail to contract and therefore, do not deliver food and liquid to the stomach properly. Motility disorders can be remedied by a variety of treatments, […]

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What Gastrointestinal Disorders Can A Colonoscopy Detect?

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While a colonoscopy is a powerful prevention tool, the procedure itself is really quite simple– and certainly nothing to fear. Thanks to modern medical technology, colonoscopies are accurate detectors of colorectal cancer, making it one of the most preventable of all cancers. So let’s begin learning more on what gastrointestinal disorders a colonoscopy detect. After […]

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How Can Living With Diabetes Affect Your Digestive System?

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Diabetes is a systemic disease. It occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin or cannot use it properly. Because it affects various parts of the body, diabetes can increase your risk for other health issues. These issues include heart disease, kidney disease, obesity and gastrointestinal conditions. Therefore, patients with diabetes have higher than […]

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Why You May Feel Uncomfortably Full After Eating

UNCOMFORTABLY FULL AFTER EATING

There are many potential reasons why you may experience digestive discomfort and feel uncomfortable after eating a meal. Overeating can be the cause but there are other symptoms that can also point to more serious disorders. It may be gastroparesis. If feelings of fullness occur constantly, even after eating small portions, gastroparesis can be to […]

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Do You Suffer From Lactose Intolerance?

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Dairy is a common ingredient in many foods – much to the dismay of those who suffer from lactose intolerance. In fact, there is a large population of people who experience digestive issues after consuming dairy products. In fact, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, about 65% of people are “somewhat” unable to […]

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Why You May Need a Capsule Endoscopy

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Digestive issues can be difficult to diagnose. A capsule endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used to determine the cause of GI issues – and help patients find much-needed relief. Here at Charleston GI, our gastroenterologists rely on capsule endoscopies to achieve the following: Find relief from chronic heartburn or acid reflux Screen for cancers […]

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What to Expect at Your Hemorrhoid Banding Procedure

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Hemorrhoids are a major pain, but most patients find relief through home remedies and over-the-counter treatments. Warm baths and high fiber diets often help ease unpleasant symptoms – but if this is not the case, there is no need to suffer in silence! And there is no need to worry, we clarity what to expect […]

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What to Expect at Your First Gastroenterology Appointment

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Charleston GI is proud to provide a higher standard of caring – every patient, every procedure. In addition to diagnosing and treating a wide range of digestive tract conditions, our specialists are committed to your comfort. Open 5 days a week in 4 locations throughout the Charleston area, your gastroenterology appointment could be any simpler. […]

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5 Most Common Types of Gastrointestinal Cancers

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Unexplained symptoms or discomfort often send patients to the doctor in search of relief. But at Charleston GI, we believe that routine screening tests are an important part of preventing serious, potentially life-threatening conditions. These routine screening can protect against the most common types of gastrointestinal cancers. Our trusted gastroenterologists in Charleston have detailed the most common […]

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Tips for Reducing Acid Reflux Symptoms

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Occasional heartburn is normal for most people, but if indigestion and acid reflux symptoms become more frequent, do not suffer in silence. Charleston GI specialist offers tips for reducing acid reflux symptoms. For those experiencing heartburn a few times a week, this could be a sign of chronic acid reflux, also known as Gastroesophageal Reflux […]

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What Is Crohn’s Disease?

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So, what exactly is Crohn’s disease? Impacting about half a million Americans, Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the digestive tract – including the stomach, intestines and bowel. Both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Although its cause remains unknown, the disease has been linked to issues with […]

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What You Should Know About a Colonoscopy

A colon cancer screening can save lives. It’s that simple. While colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and women combined in the United States, it is also highly treatable when detected early. Better education and increased awareness are powerful prevention tools, which is why Charleston GI is committed to spreading […]

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What Are Pancreatic Enzymes?

The pancreas secretes enzymes to aid in digestion, breaking down proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Because the pancreas plays such an important role, our specialists here at Charleston GI have provided more details about pancreas enzymes here. Different Pancreatic Enzymes & Their Purpose Each pancreatic enzyme serves a specific purpose, as detailed below. Lipase: Pairs with […]

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