Gastroenterologist & Liver Doctor in East Orlando, Downtown Orlando and Kissimmee, FL - Digestive and Liver Center of Florida
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The best gastroenterologist choice in Central Florida.
Digestive and Liver Center of Florida was founded to deliver the very best medical care in an environment that supports and comforts patients.
The Orlando, FL gastroenterologist, Dr. Seela, Dr. Sheela, and Dr. Atiq have recognized authorities in the field of gastroenterology and colorectal, conducting research and teaching other physicians. Our expert gastro and liver doctor's offer a wide range of services and treat the entire range of liver and gastrointestinal conditions and perform most diagnostic procedures including colonoscopy, endoscopy and more advanced tests.
We have three gastroenterology offices conveniently located in East Orlando, Downtown Orlando, and Kissimmee. Our state-of-the-art facility on Dean Road in East Orlando includes the Endo-Surgical Center of Florida where patients can have their colonoscopy, endoscopy or hemorrhoid procedures.
Drs. Sergio Larach and Dr. Sam Atallah are world renowned colorectal surgeons (TAMIS) and have been on the forefront of cutting-edge surgical treatment options that have changed the lives of their patients and garnered international recognition. The surgeons are part of the colorectal division of the Endo-Surgical Center of Florida and provide additional access to patients in need of highly specialized colorectal surgery.
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20% of the United States population have a medical illness called GERD, short for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. Though it is a common disease among many of the population, it can lead to serious complications over time. GERD occurs when stomach acid flows from the stomach and to the esophagus, due to the relaxed sphincter that is between the esophagus and the stomach. This flowing of acid is called acid reflux, and allows for irritation on the esophagus lining. This irritation causes acid indigestion or "heartburn." GER is a one-time occurrence of acid reflux/heartburn, but GERD is longer lasting and more serious.
Though there is not one cause of GERD, but there are risk factory. Obesity, smoking, connective tissue disorders, hiatal hernia, certain foods, and certain medications are large factors in GERD. GERD may cause complications, such as esophagitis, esophageal stricture, or respiratory problems. Some of the most common complications occur because of chronic inflammation of the esophagus. Esophageal stricture occurs with the narrowing of the esophagus, which leads to difficulty in swallowing. An esophageal ulcer can form due to stomach acid wearing away the esophageal tissue. Barrett's esophagus is the damage in the lower esophagus that increase risk of esophageal cancer.
To confirm that a patient has GERD, there are many tests for diagnoses: upper endoscopy, esophageal manometry, x-ray, pH probe test. In an endoscopy, the doctor inserts a tube (with a camera and light) down the throat to examine the esophagus and stomach. An endoscopy can detect inflammation and a biopsy (tissue sample) can test for Barrett's esophagus. With an x-ray, the patient drinks a liquid that fills the lining of the esophageal tissue that allows for a silhouette in the x-ray. The manometry measures the esophageal muscle contraction rhythm and the force exerted by esophageal muscles. In the pH probe test, a monitor is used to identify when the stomach acid regurgitates and how long it occurs for.
GERD can be treated by over the counter and prescription medications or surgical procedures. The prescription medicines are h2 receptor blockers (Pepcid, Zantac) and proton pump inhibitors (Nexium, Prilosec). Some of the surgical procedures are fundoplication and LINX device. Fundoplication is done when the surgeon puts the top part of the stomach around the esophageal sphincter- this allows for the tightening of the esophageal muscle and less acid reflex. The LINX device allows for magnetic beads to be inserted around the area in which the esophagus and stomach join together. The magnetic attraction between these beads allow for the tightening of the junction of the esophagus and stomach. GERD related to hiatal hernia can be treated with Robotic Valvoplasty with considered as a minimally invasive procedure.
In Digestive and Liver Disease Center of Florida (www.dlcfl.com) we offer diagnosis and treatment of typical and a typical GERD in our full service only 'Heartburn Center' of central Florida.
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DR. SEELA: TOP 1% IN U.S.
Dr. Srinivas Seela has been ranked among the top 125 gastroenterologists in the United States. The doctor was recognized both for his clinical skills and for his ongoing commitment to research.
Congratulations Dr. Sam Atallah on being selected a Top Doctor in Colorectal Surgery for 2018 by Orlando Magazine.
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