Flexible Sigmoidoscopy: Everything You Should Know

A flexible sigmoidoscopy is an endoscopic examination that helps doctors view the lower colon and rectum.  Here’s a closer look at the procedure.  Why is a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy performed? Flexible sigmoidoscopies can help doctors determine the cause of symptoms like rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, and changes in bowel habits. Additionally, doctors can use the procedure […]

What is Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is a liver infection that can cause both acute and chronic liver complications. It can lead to serious health issues over time. Here’s what you need to know about Hepatitis B.  Causes and Risk Factors  Hepatitis B is caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). This virus is transmitted in several ways, including […]

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Hemorrhoids: An Overview

Hemorrhoids is a term given to a condition in which the veins around the anus or rectum become swollen or inflamed. They can occur inside the rectum or around the anus. Hemorrhoids are extremely common- around 3 in 4 adults will experience hemorrhoids, and about half of all people will have hemorrhoids by age 50.  […]

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Everything You Should Know About Constipation

Constipation is a gastrointestinal condition which is generally characterized by three or fewer stools passed in a week. It is very common and affects around 30% of the population. Here’s everything you should know about constipation.  Symptoms of Constipation Constipation is defined by a few key symptoms. These symptoms include passing three or fewer stools in […]

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Barrett’s Esophagus: Five Things You Need To Know

Barrett’s Esophagus is a condition that develops from chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD causes stomach acid to back up into the esophagus, and over time tissue in the esophagus can change to become tissue similar to that in the intestines. This tissue change is the defining element of the condition.  Here are 5 things […]

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What is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer refers to a cancer that starts in the colon or rectum. While cancers that start in either place may be called colon cancer or rectal cancer, respectively, they are often known collectively as colorectal cancer because of similarities between the cancers.  Here’s what you need to know about colorectal cancer.  Causes and Risk […]

Michael Krease

Dr. Michael Krease on a Broad Scope of Practice

Dr. Michael Krease was recently featured in an MD-Update Magazine article where he discussed broadening perceptions of what gastroenterology is:    “Scope Junkie.” “Scope Monkey.” He’s heard them all, and he gets the joke, but Michael Krease, DO, wants to make sure that everyone understands that there is much more to what he does than […]

Matthew McCollough

Dr. Matthew McCollough on Teachable Moments

Dr. Matthew McCollough was recently featured in an MD-Update Magazine article highlighting his passion for communicating with patients:    Like all physicians, Matthew McCollough, MD, completed years of education and training before reaching his current position as gastroenterologist at Gastroenterology Health Partners’ (GHP) New Albany, Indiana location. As much as he enjoyed learning, he also […]

Lowering Your Risk of Liver Disease

Liver disease is a general term used to cover multiple types of diseases that affect the liver and its functions in the body. These diseases include cirrhosis, cancer, infectious hepatitis, and blood flow abnormalities, to name a few.  The liver has a role in many important bodily functions, including iron storage for red blood cell […]

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Understanding Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation in the digestive tract. Crohn’s can occur in any area of the digestive tract from mouth to anus, but most often affects the lower small intestine.  Here’s what you need to know about Crohn’s Disease.  Causes and Risk Factors The cause of Crohn’s disease isn’t […]