Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Todd Eisner's Posts

Q&A: Endoscopy for Ulcer?

I just got back from a Caribbean cruise on which I went to the bathroom and had watery, black stools. I was rushed to St Maarten Hospital and had an endoscopy where I was told that I had an ulcer in my stomach but that I needed to have another endoscopy when I got back to the United States. If I had an ulcer, why do I need another... Read moreChevron

Q&A: What Are the Risks of Esophagus Dilatations?

My GERD has caused a narrowing in my esophagus that has caused difficulty swallowing, especially solids. I have undergone a few dilatations of my esophagus which has improved my symptoms. How often can I have the procedure, and does the risk increase each time?   While there is certainly a risk of perforation with a dilatation of the... Read moreChevron

Q&A: Insurance Company Authorizations

Insurance company authorization of medications can be challenging for both patients and physicians. Proton pump inhibitors, because of their cause are commonly affected. Thankfully, because there are generic and over the counter proton pump inhibitors available, there are options. You should check with your insurance company to see what proton... Read moreChevron

Q&A: Do I Need Another Endoscopy?

I have GERD as well as chronic anemia for which I take iron. My symptoms have been stable, however recently I experienced worsening in my symptoms, as well as dark stools. I last had an endoscopy a few years ago and everything was OK. Do I need another one?   There are many reasons why you may be having a worsening of your reflux symptoms,... Read moreChevron

Dr. Eisner Answers Your Questions About Acid Reflux

I recently reached menopause and was started on hormone replacement therapy and have noticed an increase in heartburn. Is there any relation?   It has long been known, that when women are pregnant, they have an increase in symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux symptoms. While some of this is due to the increase in intra-abdominal pressure... Read moreChevron