Welcome To Our Practice
Digestive & Liver Disease Consultants, P.A. dba DLDC has been providing outstanding Gastrointestinal and Liver care for patients in the Harris and Montgomery counties since 1989. The highly acclaimed group of gastroenterologists, board certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology, and liver diseases have enjoyed a superb reputation in the community. The practice has been serving patients at three convenient locations in North Houston, Humble/Kingwood and the Woodlands/Conroe areas. From consultative services and diagnostic procedures and most importantly endoscopic procedures, the physicians at DLDC have achieved a seamless integration of services, by providing them under one roof.
DLDC boasts a state-of-the-art, modern gastrointestinal diagnostic center and a fully accredited endoscopy and surgery center. Every detail is attended to miticulously at the center in an effort to transform each patient's care into a gratifying experience.
The team approach at DLDC with its university trained physicians, skilled medical assistants and quality nursing staff makes each patient's experience further unique and memorable.
Shared Decision Making:
We believe that informed patients are better prepared to make decisions regarding their health and well being. We have included an extensive section on this website covering the full array of topics associated with diagnoses and treatment options for digestive health and liver disease. We encourage you to look through these pages whenever you have an interest or concern regarding the health of your digestive system. Through our novel, integrative approach, we pride ourselves on spending the time necessary to address, analyze and treat difficult medical and digestive issues that can often be overlooked in today's fast paced healthcare environment. The focus of our practice is to work with you through all phases of your care, so that we can assist you in living a happy, healthy and productive life.
Digestive Disease Myths
Myth # 1 Ulcers: Spicy food and stress cause stomach ulcers.
False - The truth is, the majority of stomach ulcers are caused either by infection with a bacterium or by use of pain medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen.
Myth # 2 Heartburn: Smoking a cigarette helps relieve heartburn.
False - Actually, cigarette smoking may contribute to heartburn.
Myth # 3 Celiac Disease: Celiac disease is a rare childhood disease.
False - Celiac disease affects both children and adults. About 1 in 200 people in the United States have the genetic predisposition for celiac disease although not all of them have the disease.
Myth # 4 Bowel Regularity: Bowel regularity means a bowel movement every day.
False - The frequency of bowel movements among normal, healthy people varies from three a day to three a week, and some perfectly healthy people fall outside both ends of this range.
Myth # 5 Constipation: Habitual use of enemas to treat constipation is harmless.
False - It is not clear whether or not habitual use of enemas is harmless since there has been very little study of the effects of enemas or laxatives over the long term. Early studies showed that laxatives might injure the colon if taken chronically by impairing contraction of the colonic muscles, and this finding was extrapolated to include enemas.
Myth # 6 Diverticulosis: Diverticulosis is an uncommon and serious problem.
False - Actually, the majority of Americans over age 60 have diverticulosis, but only a small percentage have symptoms or complications.
Myth # 7 Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease): Inflammatory bowel disease is caused by psychological problems.
False - Inflammatory bowel disease is the general name for two diseases that cause inflammation in the intestines, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The cause of the disease is unknown, but researchers speculate that it may result from a virus or bacteria interacting with the body's immune system.
Myth # 8 Cirrhosis: Cirrhosis is only caused by alcoholism.
False - Alcoholism is just one of many causes of cirrhosis. In the United States, alcohol causes less than one-half of cirrhosis cases. The remaining cases are from diseases that cause liver damage.
Myth # 9 Ostomy Surgery: After ostomy surgery, men become impotent, and women have impaired sexual function and are unable to become pregnant.
False - Ostomy surgery does not, in general, interfere with a person's sexual or reproductive capabilities.
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