San Antonio gastroenterologists turning to fecal transplant in C-Diff cases

Last updated: Jun 10, 2016 at 6:40am

SAN ANTONIO - Washing your hands with soap and water is considered the better alternative these days with an antibiotic caused and resistant bacteria called C-diff on the rise across the country. Clostridium difficile growing in strength and doctors are turning to a rather odd sounding method to heal patients of its oftentimes deadly effects. Regular hand washing is effective in preventing its spread, but once it’s inside your intestines it can grow with the use of antibiotics to the...



Cologuard: New Home Colon Cancer Tests

On Monday, August 11, 2014 the FDA approved a new test for colorectal cancer screening. In an unusual twist, CMS proposed that Medicare will cover the costs of the test for individuals age 50 to 85. This is the first time in history that a product has been approved by FDA and recommended for Medicare coverage on the very same day. Preventing Cancer Deaths Colorectal cancer can be prevented by early detection and removal of pre-cancerous lesions called polyps. If diagnosed early, colorectal...



How to Prepare for a Colonoscopy

Last updated: Nov 24, 2014 at 6:36am

A colonoscopy is an examination of the interior lining of a patients large intestine. Tissue samples can be taken during a colonoscopy; these tissue samples are known as biopsies. These procedures are taken in order to test for colon polyps, ulcers, and areas of bleeding. Clean Colon Before Colonoscopy In order to have a successful colonoscopy, a patient must clean out their colon prior to the examination. This is one of the most important things a patient must do before a colonoscopy. If a...



Liver Disease: Are You Experiencing These Symptoms?

Last updated: Nov 18, 2014 at 6:47am

Did you know that 1 in every 15 Americans is likely to be diagnosed with liver disease at some point in his or her lifetime? It is caused by a number of things and sometimes leads to cirrhosis, which is often fatal. Both conditions are treated at our San Antonio gastroenterology office by Dr. Dar and Nurse Practitioner, Suzanne McGregor. Understandably, the symptoms for liver disease and cirrhosis are similar in some respects. In the early stages of either disease, chronic fatigue, a loss...



Refined Sugar; Doctors Warn Against Eating Too Many Sweets

Last updated: Nov 10, 2014 at 6:50am

Did you know that eating too many Halloween candies may do more than just expand your waist line and rot your teeth? It could also irritate your intestines and potentially increase your risk of developing various diseases. With the sugar laden holidays fast approaching, remember that those sweet treats may end up causing more health problems than you might have imagined. Refined Sugar Digestion GI specialist, Dr. Seema A. Dar, reminds us that food products containing refined sugar , tend...



Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome; Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Last updated: Nov 03, 2014 at 6:52am

People diagnosed with cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) experience repeated episodes of severe nausea, vomiting, and exhaustion that happen suddenly and without any apparent cause.  Episodes of CVS may last anywhere between a few hours and several days. People affected often need emergency care due to rapid onset of life-threatening dehydration. CVS episodes often start at the same time of day, last the same amount of time, and exhibit the same level of intensity. Causes of Cyclic Vomiting...



Gastroenterology San Antonio: 5 Colon Friendly Foods to Enjoy This Fall

Last updated: Oct 02, 2014 at 6:55am

With autumn so close at hand, our gastroenterology staff in San Antonio has started thinking about late summer and early fall colon friendly foods that have the potential to improve colon health. Surprisingly, the list of helpful, seasonal ingredients is quite long. So we’ve painstakingly narrowed it down to five that Texas families may want to include on their autumn menus: 1.) Winter Squash Varieties of winter squash, like pumpkins and butternut, are the first ingredients to make our...



Flooding in Kasmir

Last updated: Sep 30, 2014 at 8:51am

India Takes its Toll on  Dr. Seema Dar’s San Antonio Medical Practice “Dear patients, Thanks to all for your concern and love. It (Kasmir, India flood – 10 September, 2014) has been a life altering experience for me. This calamity, or for that matter any disaster brings out a person’s true character and I have seen good and bad in all cast, color, and religion, but would especially like to thank some people by name: Raj Shekher of our Indian army; Abdur Rehman (Good Samaritan);...



San Antonio GI Doctor Recommends Caution When Altering Vitamin D Intake

Last updated: May 03, 2016 at 9:01am

In early July 2014, the Journal of Clinical Oncology published an article about colorectal cancer that our San Antonio GI doctor found interesting. It focused on a study that was completed in the United Kingdom earlier this year. Although more research is certainly needed, the study indicated that vitamin D consumption may improve some cancer patients’ outcomes. This begs the question, “Should people who have colorectal cancer, or are at risk for developing it, increase their vitamin D...



San Antonio GI Doctor May Help Peptic Ulcer Sufferers Find Relief

Last updated: May 03, 2016 at 9:03am

Have you been experiencing unexplained weight loss, episodes of chronic abdominal pain, dark stool, heartburn, bloating and unusual emesis? If so, you could have peptic ulcers. They’re gastrointestinal sores that may cause those problems to occur and more. Thankfully, relief may be found by making an appointment with San Antonio GI doctor, Seema A. Dar. The ulcers generally form in one of three areas as a result of excess acid. The three areas are the duodenum, stomach and esophagus. To...