Diagnosing and Deciphering IBS, IBD, and SIBO for Patients in Brooklyn, NY
Dr. Alexander Shapsis is a board-certified gastroenterologist treating patients in Brooklyn, NY. He specializes in a wide range of treatments, including diagnosing and deciphering chronic bowel disorders such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), and SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). Whatever your symptoms, he’ll partner with you to identify their cause, and together you’ll determine an effective course of treatment suited to your lifestyle.
Symptoms and Treatments for IBS
IBS or “irritable bowel syndrome” is a common intestinal condition. It can result in uncomfortable or embarrassing symptoms, such as bloating, gas, cramping, and diarrhea. It’s a chronic condition, often the result of a combination of environmental and personal factors, such as diet, stress, and lifestyle.
While IBS can sometimes be treated with diet management and lifestyle changes, it can occasionally require more in-depth treatments, such as medication or counseling.
At your first appointment with Dr. Shapsis, you’ll go over your symptoms, as well as your medical history. You’ll also discuss your goals and what changes you might be comfortable making. Using that information, Dr. Shapsis will put together a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. He’ll keep you informed about the options available and help you become an active participant in your own care.
Symptoms and Treatments for IBD
IBD or “inflammatory bowel disorder” describes various conditions affecting your digestive tract, including Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. These conditions can be serious, even life-threatening, if left untreated. While certain known factors may aggravate IBD, its exact cause remains unknown. Therefore, patients living with IBD should seek out the help of a professional like Dr. Shapsis, who can diagnose IBD and help develop a treatment plan for managing symptoms, reducing their impact on your overall health and slowing them before they become more serious.
Symptoms and Treatments for SIBO
SIBO or “small intestinal bacterial overgrowth” refers to the unwanted proliferation of gut bacteria in the small intestine. It is commonly associated with external factors like surgery or disease that may slow your digestive system, allowing bacteria to breed more effectively and in higher amounts than normal.
The most common form of treatment for SIBO is antibiotics, but surgery may be necessary in some cases. Dr. Shapsis has years of experience in diagnosing and treating SIBO. At your appointment, he’ll do an examination, determining the severity of your condition, as well as what treatment options are available. He’ll go over these options with you, and together you’ll determine the best course of care.
SIBO shares several symptoms with other intestinal disorders, like abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, and diarrhea. While these symptoms can sometimes be the result of minor issues, if they are occurring chronically or inhibiting your daily life, seeking professional help from a trained specialist like Dr. Shapsis could help prevent these problems from getting worse or doing serious harm.
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