Gastroenterological and Hepatological Health and Wellness in New Jersey
Nirvana Healthcare Management Services is committed to helping individuals find primary care providers for all aspects of health, including gastroenterology and hepatology. Patients throughout Essex County, New Jersey, can attain preventative care and treatment from qualified physicians with experience handling multiple conditions affecting the digestive tract and liver, including leaky gut syndrome and fatty liver disease.
Learn more about gastroenterological and hepatological health management from Nirvana’s primary care locations: Salerno Medical Associates, Metropolitan Medical Group, Roseville Medical Society, and North Ward Medical Arts. Treatments are also available at CHOP, which provides house visits to eligible patients.
Diagnosis and Treatment for Various Conditions
When patients come in with gastrointestinal concerns, physicians may administer different tests that detect issues within these organs, such as inadequate nutrient absorption or waste elimination. While these primary care providers may need to refer patients with more complex needs to a specialist for treatment, they are capable of accurately diagnosing and treating many gastrointestinal diseases and disorders, including:
Colon or Colorectal Cancer
This cancer begins in the rectum as a small cancerous polyp. While the exact cause of this disease is unknown, some doctors believe it stems from inherited or acquired gene mutations. Signs a person has colon cancer include changing bowel habits, rectal bleeding, unintended weight loss, or chronic abdominal pain. Depending on the stage, a patient may receive surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, or ablation or embolization for treatment.
Fatty Liver Disease
This common illness occurs when excess fat is stored in the liver. Alcohol abuse is a major cause of fatty liver disease, but it may also stem from obesity, having Type 2 diabetes, or taking certain medications. People experiencing abdominal pain, nausea, loss of appetite, jaundice, weakness, or extreme fatigue may have fatty liver disease. Treatment mainly consists of lifestyle changes and medications that control causes, such as high cholesterol.
Hepatitis C is inflammation of the liver caused by a virus of the same name. A person may develop acute hepatitis C and have mild symptoms or contract a chronic variation and experience liver cirrhosis and potentially cancer. Most people with hepatitis C do not display signs at first, but those with an acute diagnosis may have a fever, diminished appetite, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain among other symptoms. A common treatment for adults and children with hepatitis C is pan-genotypic direct-acting antiviral (DAA) medication.
Leaky Gut Syndrome (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, SIBO)
Sometimes referred to as leaky bowel syndrome, this disease relates to intestinal permeability, or the intestine’s ability to absorb substances. In leaky gut syndrome, toxins may seep into the intestinal wall and cause symptoms like bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. The main causes of this issue include celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and HIV/AIDs. The condition may also occur in those who abuse alcohol and certain over-the-counter drugs. Treatment for leaky gut syndrome may depend on the underlying cause, but some general remedies include probiotics, prebiotics, and dietary changes.
Besides these conditions, Nirvana Healthcare Management Services also diagnoses and treats several food allergies — such as celiac disease — and bowel allergies.
Gastroenterological and Hepatological Screenings
A key aspect of chronic disease management and prevention is screenings. For many gastrointestinal diseases, early detection is essential to getting effective treatment and increasing the likelihood of positive outcomes, and preventative screenings make this approach possible. Some screenings primary care physicians perform through Nirvana Healthcare Management Services include abdominal ultrasound, Fibroscan, and SIBO (small intestinal bacterial growth).
Seek Primary Gastroenterology and Hepatology Care
As a client-focused medical organization, Nirvana Healthcare Management Services is committed to bringing patients to high-quality primary care physicians that meet their needs. It augments the patient experience by building long-term relationships with individuals seeking healthcare at various locations across Newark and East Orange, NJ, such as Salerno Medical Associates, Metropolitan Medical Group, Roseville Medical Society, North Ward Medical Arts, and CHOP. To learn more about gastroenterology and hepatology services, contact the office today.