Dr.Maher of Katy Stomach Doctor is a leading Katy TX pancreas specialist. Our office members are board-certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. Furthermore, our mission is to provide the highest quality and the most effective healthcare to the community. Additionally, our office offers comprehensive consultations and evaluations for any gastrology patient with diseases and problems, including pancreatitis and other related pancreal issues.
About our Team
Dr.Maher is the leading Pancreas specialist at Katy Stomach Doctor. Maher completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan. He then obtained his medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia, graduating in the accelerated program. Next, he completed an Internal Medicine residency, followed by a one-year feloowship in Hepatology. Finally, he then finished his education off (formally speaking) with a two year fellowship in Gastroenterology.
Because Dr.Maher believes in continous education, even afeter graduating he never stop leanring new techniques to implement within his clinic. Maher actively participates in continuing leading medical education as well as board recertification. He is extrememly interested in colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, biliary tract disease, and endoscopy.
Finally, in concurrence with his continuing education, he believes that fully educating his patients is importznt as well. He and the full clinc believe in inclduign their patients in their treatment plan through active participation and discussion. Because of this, all of his patients recieve the highest quality pateint care they possibly can.
Pancreatitis – Diagnosis and treatment
Pancreatitis is one of the few issues that can occur with the pancreas. The pancreas is the organ that lies below the lower part of the stomach. Pancreatitis can start at any time and can last for a few days or over many years. It is defined by inflammation of the pancreas. This happens when digestive enzymes begin to digest the pancreas itself.
Symptoms of pancreatitis include upper abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. This pain and the associated symptoms wont go away on its own. Your symptoms can actually begin to get worse over time and eventually lead to permanent damage.
There are numerous causes for pancreatitis, they include gallstones, chronic, and heavy, alcohol use. Heavy alcohol use is actually the most common cause of pancreatitis. Cystic fibrosis, high calcium, and fat levels are also common contributors.
Treatment for pancreatitis includes a week-long hospital stay with IV fluids, pain relieving medications, adn the best nutritional support. Treatment may include implementing a special diet that will aid in alleviating your pain and symptoms, as well as preventing future issues.
Lastly, your doctor will most likely recommend that if you smoke or drink, that you stop. Continuation of these habits could lead to you ending back in the hospital.
In addition to pancreatitis, ther are numerous other diseases and ailments that can affect the pancreas.
- Pancreatic Cancer: Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common causes of cancer in men, and the fifth in women. So, it should not be taken lightly. Pancreatic cancer is one of the harder cancers to treat because pancreatic cancer resists the common chemotherapy and radiation.
- Diabetes: Diabetes is a fairly common disorder that affects millions of Americans every year. Diabetes is a condition where the pancreas will fail to produce enough insulin, or the body fails to use it properly. Insulin is key in distributing important glucose cells throughout the body. Treatment depends on the type, symptoms, and complications. Most often, it includes effective dietary management, insulin, and blood sugar monitoring.
- Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency: EPI is a condition that makes you deficient in pancreatic enzymes to an extremem point in which youre malnourished. Symptoms include excess fat in the stool, signs of this include: pale in color, foul-smelling, and difficult to flush stool. Furthermore, you can experience oil leakage of the anua. The causes are many and if you expereince any symptoms it is always best to consult Dr.Maher.
- Chronic Pancreatitis: Chronic pancreatitis is a progressive illness. When this disease progresses it can cause irriversable damage to the pancreas. As a result, this can lead to diabetes and malnutriton. This can lead to EPI. Among patients with pancreatitis, about 20 percent will develop EPI. Treatment includes pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT), insulin, and pain management.
We want to help!
These gastric issues can lead to long-term malnourishment and other serious issues. Our full staffed team is both ready and eager to help you. Furthermore, you do not need to stay in pain forever. Dr.Maher is ready to help and include you in all treatment plans.
Call our office today at 281-945-5190. You can ask our staff any questions you might have regarding treatment and set up an appointment.
When you need a Katy TX pancreas specialist, Dr.Maher is the man for the job.
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