Gastroenterology Specialist

Be Well Primary Health Care Center

Multi-Specialty Diagnostic and Treatment Center located in Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY

At Be Well Primary Health Care Center in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Prateek Chapalamadugu provides compassionate and comprehensive gastroenterological care for adults. The skilled group of specialists can help to improve your quality of life, diagnose conditions and disorders of digestive tract, and offer innovative and effective treatments to manage any new or existing digestive disorders. Start with a consultation by scheduling your appointment online or calling the office directly.

Gastroenterology Q & A

What is gastroenterology?

Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine that deals with disorders of the stomach and intestines. According to the American College of Gastroenterology this branch of medicine deals with diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. It includes common and important conditions such as colon polyps and cancer, hepatitis, gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn), peptic ulcer disease, colitis, gallbladder and biliary tract disease, nutritional problems, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and pancreatitis.

Acid reflux

Acid reflux is a digestive condition where acid from the stomach flows backwards the wrong way up into the esophagus. Be Well gastroenterologists will do the necessary testing to properly diagnose the reasons for this condition as well as develop a comprehensive treatment plan to help you manage the acid reflux that might include lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, nutrition, and exercise, and medications..

Irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder of the large intestine involving symptoms like abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. It is not clear what causes IBS, however, your symptoms can be eased through changes in lifestyle, diet and medications. Be Well gastroenterologists will recommend what would work best for you.

Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins that occur internally, inside the lower rectum, or externally under the skin around the anus. They can be caused by straining during bowel movements or increased pressure on the veins during pregnancy.

You shouldn’t assume rectal bleeding is due to hemorrhoids and should always seek medical attention when such bleeding happens. Your Be Well gastroenterologists provide effective treatments, including medications, minimally invasive surgical and nonsurgical procedures to remove the hemorrhoids, as well as lifestyle changes like increasing the fiber in your diet and exercising regularly.

 

Why see the gastroenterologist?

Your primary care doctor will refer you to see gastroenterologist if you complain of abdominal pain, nausea, heartburn or blood in your stool.

Gastroenterologists can perform endoscopic procedures, such as a colonoscopy and upper endoscopy to evaluate your digestive health and your risks for certain complications and diseases like colon cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that every person over the age of 50 gets a screening colonoscopy. To schedule your appointment with one of their gastroenterologists, please call the office or book online.