Our Gastroenterology Blog

By Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP
July 26, 2022
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Gastroenterologist  

You may not be sure when to see a gastroenterologist. Dr. Kamran Ayub serves residents of New Lenox, Oak Lawn, Joliet, Frankfort, and Orland Park, IL from his offices in Joliet, Oak Lawn, and New Lenox. 

A gastroenterologist is a medical doctor whose specialty is the upper and lower GI tract. The diagnostic tests that are used most commonly in these areas are an endoscopy for the upper and a colonoscopy for the colon. If you are suffering from some of these symptoms, it is probably time to see a gastroenterologist in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, and serving Orland Park and Frankfort, IL. 

When It Is Time for Your Colonoscopy

If you are 45 or older, the American Cancer Society recommends that you start on a regular schedule of colonoscopy. If your risk level is average, after your first colonoscopy, it is recommended that you get one every 10 years until you are 75. After 75, if you are expected to live another 10 years, you can have one until age 85, when it is no longer recommended. If you are at a higher risk, your gastroenterologist may recommend a more frequent colonoscopy. 

Changes in Bowels

If you have frequent or uncontrolled diarrhea, constipation, excessive gas, or bloody stools, it is time to make an appointment with your gastroenterologist. These can be symptoms of serious conditions in the digestive system. If the blood is black, this is a serious cause for concern. Red blood can often be a symptom of hemorrhoids, a less serious condition. 

Gut Bloating or Pain

Almost everyone has felt pain in their gut or just a bloated feeling. If it becomes a regular occurrence, it is important to make an appointment to see a gastroenterologist. It can be an indication of several conditions that can be or can develop into serious conditions. 

Yellowing Skin and Eyes

These can be a sign of jaundice or hepatitis, both of which are conditions affecting the liver.  

Frequent Heartburn 

If you are suffering from frequent heartburn or acid reflux, it can accelerate into GERD. This can lead to other more serious conditions and needs to be treated before it gets to that point. Your gastroenterologist can do an endoscopy to check the condition of your esophagus. In many cases, your gastroenterologist will recommend dietary changes as well as lifestyle changes as the first things to try. Your condition will be monitored and if these options are not effective, treatments and medication are available.  

If you are in need of a gastroenterologist in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, and serving Orland Park and Frankfort, IL Dr. Ayub is accepting new patients. You can reach all of his offices for an appointment at  (708) 475-5233.

By Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP
April 12, 2022
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Endoscopy  

If you’re dealing with gastroenterological issues, there might be a few different types of tests that your doctor might recommend so that they can get a full look at what’s happening in your body. One common test used to check out your GI tract is an endoscopy. When you first hear about it, you might be overwhelmed and aren’t sure what you should be expecting from this procedure. Dr. Kamran Ayub in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, and serving Orland Park and Frankfort, IL, can explain what you should expect at your endoscopy appointment and how you can prepare.

What to Expect During an Endoscopy

When your gastroenterologist in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, and serving Orland Park and Frankfort, IL, first tells you that you need an endoscopy, you may be nervous and totally unsure of what will happen. An endoscopy is a simple procedure that uses a long tube and camera to look inside of your digestive tract and find any issues that you may be dealing with.

Usually, an endoscopy is done by inserting the tube through the mouth and you’ll be fully asleep during the procedure. If your gastroenterologist finds any issues in your digestive tract, they’ll be able to take a small biopsy with the endoscope and send it for testing as soon as possible.

To prepare for this procedure, your doctor will most likely instruct you not to eat or drink before the endoscopy. They may also prescribe laxatives to make sure that your large intestine is clear and results are easy to read.

Contact Your Gastroenterologist Today!

An endoscopy is simple and knowing what to expect can make it less daunting. Contact Dr. Kamran Ayub in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, and serving Orland Park and Frankfort, IL, to learn about what an endoscopy is and what to expect. Call for more information today at (708) 475-5233.

By Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP
March 07, 2022
Category: Conditions
Tags: Bile Ducts  

Learn more about bile ducts and how to tell whether you could be dealing with bile duct disease.

Whenever you eat, your liver releases a substance known as bile that helps break down fat. Bile is stored in the gallbladder and released through bile ducts into the small intestines. Along with digestion, bile can also help flush out toxins in the liver. If you are dealing with bile duct problems, it’s important that you turn to our New Lenox, Oak Lawn, Joliet, Frankfort, Orland Park, IL, gastroenterologist Dr. Kamran Ayub for immediate care.

What types of problems can impact the bile ducts?

Certain diseases can lead to obstructions or blockages of the bile duct. Anything that impacts the flow of bile can lead to serious complications, so it’s important to detect and treat these issues early. Common causes of blocked bile ducts include,

  • Gallstones
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Certain birth defects
  • Cancer

What are some warning signs?

One of the classic signs of bile duct issues is jaundice or yellowing of the skin or eyes. Jaundice tells our New Lenox, Oak Lawn, Joliet, Frankfort, Orland Park, IL, gastroenterologist that waste is building up in the blood due to liver issues or a problem with the bile ducts. Other warning signs of bile duct issues include,

  • Dark urine
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Unexplained or sudden weight loss
  • Abdominal pain (often on the right side)
  • Pale stools
  • Loss of appetite
  • Itching of the skin that may be worse at night

If you are experiencing jaundice, fever or abdominal pain, or any of the symptoms above, it’s best to play it safe and turn to our New Lenox, Oak Lawn, Joliet, Frankfort, Orland Park, IL, gastroenterologist for answers.

How are bile duct problems diagnosed?

After going through your medical history and asking you questions about your symptoms, we may perform a blood test to check bilirubin levels. If we believe that you could be dealing with a bile duct obstruction or problem, imaging tests are often performed to get a better look at the bile ducts. Common imaging tests include ultrasound, CTA scan and MRIs.

How are bile duct problems treated?

We need to determine what’s causing your symptoms before we can treat them. Once we have a diagnosis then we can map out a treatment plan. Here at our practice, Dr. Ayub and his team provide a wide range of procedures to treat digestive issues of all magnitudes. Some of the procedures we perform include,

  • Biopsy: to check for cancerous cells
  • Resection of the bile duct: to help the bile drain properly
  • Choledochectomy: a minimally invasive procedure to detect and remove stones
  • Placing a T-tube or stenting: to treat narrowing or strictures of the bile ducts

If you are dealing with bile duct or digestive issues, your best bet is to turn to our New Lenox, Oak Lawn, Joliet, Frankfort, Orland Park, IL, gastroenterologist who specializes in treating diseases, disorders, infections and injuries that impact the gastrointestinal tract. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Ayub, call us at (708) 475-5233.

By Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP
January 11, 2022
Category: Conditions
Tags: Pancreatic Cysts  

The pancreas plays important role in your digestive system by producing enzymes that help your body break down food and also regulate blood sugar by producing insulin. Pancreatic cysts can form on the pancreas and though they are predominantly benign it's still important to monitor them, which you can do with the help of your local gastroenterologist, Dr. Kamran Ayub in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, Joliet, Frankfort, Orland Park, IL.

Pancreatic Cysts

Pancreatic cysts are pockets of fluid formed on your pancreas that typically are benign in nature and also, most do not have any noticeable signs.

Finding these cysts is often done during the process of imaging tests for other problems or regular checkups.

There is the chance, however, that these cysts can become cancerous, overly enlarged, or painful. In these cases, you are likely to experience symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms

Because pancreatic cysts do not often pose an immediate danger the best strategy is usually to monitor their progress. Your doctor can further examine concerning cysts for cancerous cells.

So if you have been made aware that you have pancreatic cysts you'll want to be on the lookout for persistent abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, and fever. You'll want to contact your doctor right away if you experience these signs as they could signal a cyst infection or even another gastrointestinal issue that needs to be addressed.


The exact cause for pancreatic cysts is not known but there are certain factors that put you at greater risk for developing them.

Pancreatitis is a condition that causes your pancreas to become irritated and it can result in cysts forming.

Gallstones can lead to pancreatitis so removing the gallbladder can reduce your chances of developing the condition. Overconsumption of alcohol can also lead to pancreatitis, so cutting back can help you avoid both pancreatitis and pancreatic cysts.

Pancreatic Cysts Treatment in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, Joliet, Frankfort, Orland Park, IL

Routine examinations can help your doctor detect and treat pancreatic cysts. While most will not require any direct treatment, being able to monitor their growth and condition can help prevent complications.

When cysts become a problem then more invasive treatments may be required, such as draining very large cysts or surgery for painful or cancerous cysts.

If you are concerned about pancreatic cysts you can schedule a consultation today with Dr. Ayub in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, Joliet, Frankfort, Orland Park, IL, by dialing (708) 475-5233.

By Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP
October 28, 2021
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Acid Reflux   Heartburn  

Some people get heartburn more frequently than others. If your heartburn is related to acid reflux, your doctor, Dr. Kamran Ayub of Southwest Gastroenterology a division of GI Partners of Illinois with offices in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, also serving Frankfort and Orland Park, IL, can diagnose and treat your acid reflux.

Acid Reflux

When the lower sphincter at the end of your esophagus doesn't close completely, your stomach's acidic content can get into the lower end of your esophagus. Since your esophagus isn't built to withstand such conditions, your stomach's acidic content getting into your esophagus causes unpleasant symptoms such as heartburn.

Several factors such as pregnancy, medication, hiatal hernia, and eating habits can cause acid reflux. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a medical condition that features chronic acid reflux needing medical care.

Symptoms of Acid Reflux

Heartburn is one of the significant symptoms of acid reflux. Heartburn can feel like there's a fire in your chest that can move upward into your neck. Other common acid reflux signs include:

  • Food regurgitation
  • Vomiting
  • Coughing
  • Trouble swallowing
  • A feeling of something caught in your throat
  • Sore throat
  • Chest pain
  • Hiccups
  • Bad breath
  • Bloating
  • Unpleasant taste in your mouth


Your doctor may be able to tell if you've got acid reflux when you visit his offices in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, also serving Frankfort and Orland Park, IL, to discuss your symptoms. An endoscopy may be necessary for diagnosis. Here, your doctor sends a tube into your upper gut to examine it. He may take small tissue for further testing.

Managing acid reflux may require changes to your diet and your doctor can guide you through this change. Over-the-counter medication may help manage your symptoms. Prescription-strength medications from your doctor may be necessary for more severe symptoms. Common medications for acid reflux management include:

  • Antacids
  • Proton pump inhibitors
  • Baclofen
  • H-2 receptor blockers

If you've got unpleasant heartburn and other signs of acid reflux, consult your doctor. Call (708) 475-5233 to see your doctor, Dr. Ayub of Southwest Gastroenterology a division of GI Partners of Illinois, with offices in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, also serving Frankfort and Orland Park, IL, for acid reflux diagnosis and treatment.

By Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP
August 24, 2021
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Endoscopy  

Find out why an endoscopy is performed and what problems it can detect.

Your New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, gastroenterologist also serving Frankfort, and Orland Park, IL, Dr. Kamran Ayub specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions that impact the digestive system. Whether you are dealing with irritable bowel syndrome, stomach ulcers, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), our team can easily diagnose your health problems with a simple endoscopy.

What is an endoscopy?

An endoscopy is a procedure that allows our team to be able to get a closer look into the digestive tract. Depending on the symptoms you are experiencing, there are different types of endoscopies that your New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, gastroenterologist also serving Frankfort, and Orland Park, IL, performs. The two most common types of endoscopies we perform here at our practice are an upper endoscopy and a colonoscopy.

When is an endoscopy recommended?

While our gastroenterologist can get some clue as to what’s going on simply by asking you questions about your symptoms, we often need diagnostic tools such as an endoscopy to confirm a diagnosis. An endoscopy can be performed to detect both cancerous and precancerous growths and polyps within the digestive tract, along with diagnosing inflammation, bleeds, obstructions, and ulcers in the stomach and intestines. An upper endoscopy is inserted into the mouth and gently guided into the esophagus, stomach, and small intestines while a colonoscopy is inserted into the rectum and guided into the large intestines. Both procedures are performed while the patient is under sedation.

Do I need to undergo an endoscopy?

It’s important to recognize when you should turn to a gastroenterologist for a closer look into the symptoms you’re experiencing. While the occasional bout of GI issues usually won’t require a medical evaluation, you may benefit from an endoscopy if you are dealing with:

  • Chronic or severe heartburn
  • Chronic constipation
  • Blood in the stool
  • Persistent digestive issues or abdominal pain
  • Unexpected and sudden weight loss
  • Family history of colon cancer
  • Personal history of colon polyps
  • You are over 50 years old

If you are concerned about your digestive health, you don’t want to delay getting the treatment you need. Your New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, gastroenterologist, Dr. Ayub, also serving Frankfort, and Orland Park, IL, provides comprehensive care. To schedule a consultation, call us at (708) 475-5233.

By Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP
April 26, 2021
Category: Conditions
Tags: Barret's Esophagus  

If you suffer from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, also known as GERD, it’s important to be aware of the signs of a more serious issue that GERD can cause, Barrett’s Esophagus. Your gastroenterologist, Dr. Kamran Ayub, in Oak Lawn, Joliet, and New Lennox, IL, and serving Orland Park and Frankfort, IL, is here to answer any questions about Barrett’s Esophagus that you may have and help you identify if this issue is affecting you.

What is Barrett’s Esophagus?

Barrett’s Esophagus is when the lining of the esophagus is consistently exposed to stomach acid and becomes damaged, which makes the lining begin to resemble the lining of the intestines. The lining can begin to thicken and turn red because of the damage.

Barrett’s Esophagus is met with a small chance of developing esophageal cancer, which is why it’s important to visit with your gastroenterologist serving Oak Lawn, Joliet, Orland Park, Frankfort, and New Lennox, IL, to determine if Barrett’s Esophagus is affecting you. Your gastroenterologist can do checks with an endoscope to check for any changes in the lining of your esophagus. The risk of cancer is fairly small, but it is still something to be aware of when dealing with Barrett’s Esophagus.

Some signs to look out for are:

  • Consistent heartburn and regurgitation.
  • Difficulty swallowing.
  • Chest pain.
  • Acid reflux.

These are all signs commonly associated with GERD, which is a main contributing factor to Barrett’s Esophagus.

Contact Your Gastroenterologist Today!

If you struggle with consistent heartburn, difficulty swallowing, or any other symptoms of GERD, it’s important that you contact your doctor sooner rather than later so that they can keep an eye on your esophagus and begin treating you before things progress and get more serious. Call Dr. Kamran Ayub, in Oak Lawn, Joliet, and New Lennox, IL, and serving Orland Park and Frankfort, IL, at (708) 475-5233 today to learn more about Barrett’s Esophagus and if it may be affecting you.

By Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP
January 14, 2021
Category: GI Treatments
Tags: Polyps  

Colonoscopies make it easy to spot polyps in the lining of your lower small intestine and large intestine, commonly called the colon. Although polyps can often be removed during a colonoscopy, your Orland Park, Frankfort, Joliet, Oak Lawn, and New Lenox, IL, gastroenterologist, Dr. Kamran Ayub, may need to use another procedure to remove difficult polyps.

What are difficult polyps?

A polyp may be described as difficult or complex if it:

  • Is larger than two centimeters (about the size of a cherry)
  • Is too flat or in a hard-to-reach area
  • Has large arteries that could bleed too much

Polyps can be benign (non-cancerous), pre-cancerous, or cancerous. Unfortunately, there's no way to tell for sure if a polyp is cancerous or pre-cancerous unless it's removed and sent to a laboratory for evaluation.

How can difficult polyps be removed?

Removing difficult polyps used to involve major surgery in the Orland Park, Frankfort, Joliet, Oak Lawn, and New Lenox areas. Fortunately, two non-surgical options are available today. You'll need to clear your bowels just like you did for your colonoscopy if your gastroenterologist will be performing either endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) or endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD).

During EMR, your doctor will insert a flexible endoscopic probe with a lighted camera through your anus just as he did during your colonoscopy. The camera transmits images of the colon or lower part of your small intestine to a digital screen. Once your gastroenterologist locates the polyp, he will inject fluid under it to lift it away from the lining of the colon and make it easier to remove. He'll use tiny surgical tools to remove the growth and stop any bleeding.

If your polyp is deeply embedded, ESD may be a better option. This procedure also makes it easier to separate the polyp from the colon or small intestine and remove it without damaging the lining.

Depending on your results, you may need a follow-up colonoscopy in a few months and more frequent colonoscopies in the future.

Do you have a difficult polyp? If you live in the Orland Park, Frankfort, Joliet, Oak Lawn, and New Lenox, IL, areas, Dr. Kamran Ayub can recommend a procedure to remove your polyps. Call him at (708) 475-5233 to schedule your appointment.

By Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP
December 11, 2020
Category: GI Treatments
Tags: Acid Reflux  

Do you struggle with frequent heartburn and other symptoms of acid reflux? Your Joliet, Oak Lawn, and Lenox, IL, gastroenterologist, Dr. Kamran Ayub, can offer guidance and treatments that relieve your symptoms and prevent acid reflux flare-ups.

Heartburn isn't the only symptom of acid reflux

Heartburn often occurs when you have acid reflux, but it's far from the only symptom. The trouble starts when stomach acids flow backward into your esophagus, the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach. This backward flow can occur if the sphincter at the bottom of the esophagus doesn't close completely.

The acids irritate the sensitive lining of your esophagus, causing an uncomfortable burning sensation in your chest. Other symptoms of acid reflux can include belching, a full feeling in your upper abdomen, hoarseness, laryngitis, or worsening asthma. A lump-in-the-throat sensation, a sore throat, excess saliva, and a bad taste in your mouth can also occur if you have acid reflux. Side effects from some medications may increase your risk of acid reflux.

How you can relieve and reduce acid reflux symptoms

Taking a few of these steps can be helpful if you have acid reflux:

  • Lose Weight: Extra pounds may press against your stomach, forcing acids back into the esophagus. Losing even a few pounds may offer a simple way to prevent acid reflux:
  • Change Your Eating Habits: Fried, fatty, and acidic foods can trigger acid reflux, as can caffeine, alcohol, garlic, and onions. Eliminating these foods, or at least limiting them, may help you avoid painful heartburn.
  • Don't Lie Down or Exercise After Eating: Avoid lying down for at least two hours after eating. Vigorous exercise may also cause reflux. It's best to schedule exercise sessions before mealtimes.

See Your Gastroenterologist if acid reflux happens often

If making a few changes doesn't improve your symptoms, it's a good idea to pay a visit to the Oak Lawn, Joliet, or Lenox, IL, gastroenterology office. Frequent heartburn may be a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disorder GERD), a condition that affects about 20 percent of people in the U.S., according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Your gastroenterologist may recommend an endoscopy to help him determine the cause of your symptoms and recommend the best treatment for you. The minimally invasive test allows him to view the lining of your esophagus and stomach using digital technology. Prescription and non-prescription medications that reduce or block acid production are often used to treat acid reflux.

Is acid reflux a frequent problem for you? Call (708) 475-5233 to schedule an appointment with your gastroenterologist in Joliet, Oak Lawn, and Lenox, IL, Dr. Ayub.

By Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP
June 09, 2020
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Endoscopy  

An endoscopy is a fairly straightforward procedure that involves the use of specialized instruments for viewing and/or operating on your body’s internal vessels and organs. Essentially, it enables doctors to view any issues within the body without having to make large incisions.

Here at Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP, in New Lenox, Joliet, and Oak Lawn, IL, we offer various endoscopy procedures. Our gastroenterologist, Dr. Kamran Ayub, will determine which specific endoscopy procedure will be best for your condition.

Why You Might Need to Have an Endoscopy

Your gastroenterologist might recommend an endoscopy in the event that you are experiencing symptoms of these conditions:

  • Stomach ulcer
  • IBD or inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease and UC or ulcerative colitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Infection
  • Chronic constipation
  • Tumors
  • Gallstones
  • Unexplained digestive tract bleeding
  • Hiatal hernia
  • GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Esophagus obstruction
  • Blood in the urine
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Other problems with the digestive tract

Likewise, your gastroenterologist will evaluate your specific symptoms, conduct a physical exam, and order blood tests before your endoscopy. These additional tests can give your gastroenterologist a closer look into your symptoms to determine what’s causing them.

What an Endoscopy Does

During an endoscopy, an endoscope, which is a slim flexible tube with a tiny camera at the end, will be inserted into your body through the mouth or a tiny incision. This allows your gastroenterologist to inspect problem areas without needing to make a large incision on your body.

The endoscopy procedure is commonly used for:

  • Helping doctors figure out possible causes of abnormal symptoms.
  • Removing tiny tissue samples that will be sent to a laboratory for a biopsy. This is done when doctors suspect that a growth may be cancerous or malignant. You’ll learn of the results after a couple of days.
  • Helping doctors view the body’s insides during surgery.

To Learn More about Our Endoscopy Procedures, Contact One of Our Offices in New Lenox, Joliet, or Oak Lawn

To set an appointment with our gastroenterologist, Dr. Kamran Ayub, in New Lenox, Joliet, or Oak Lawn, IL, call (708) 475-5233.

April 13, 2020
Category: Conditions
Tags: Colonscopy  

A colonoscopy is one of today's most respected GI procedures. At Southwest Gastroenterology in New Lenox, Joliet, and Oak Lawn, IL, Dr. Kamran Ayub is the board-certified gastroenterologist to see about this important cancer screening test. Read on to learn how colonoscopies save lives.

What is colon cancer?

It is the third most common cancer in the US, affecting both genders and mostly people over the age of 50, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This invasive malignancy affects the large intestine (bowel), rectum, and anus, while typically originating in small benign growths called polyps.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that when detected and treated early in its development, colon cancer can often be cured. It also states that a low-fat, high-fiber diet appears to reduce the chances of developing colon cancer. Risk factors include a poor diet, smoking, and obesity.

What is a colonoscopy?

Performed by a gastroenterologist at one of our offices in New Lenox, Joliet, or Oak Lawn, IL, a colonoscopy is a safe, comfortable procedure that visualizes the interior of the lower GI tract. It is used to detect and remove polyps for biopsy, as well as to determine reasons for chronic diarrhea, proctitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and other problems with the large intestine.

With the benefit of sedation or anesthesia, the patient relaxes on their left side during this 30-minute procedure. Dr. Ayub introduces a thin, lighted tube through the anus and large intestine. The tube has a small camera that takes real-time video and still images. Through the tube, the doctor can remove polyps and other tissues as needed.

A colonoscopy could save your life

Some people with colon cancer do have symptoms of weight loss, changes in bowel habits, bloody stool, painful bowel movements, and more. However, other individuals exhibit no appreciable signs whatsoever. That's why we say screening tests, such as colonoscopy, save lives.

Find out more

To schedule a routine colonoscopy, contact your gastroenterologist at one of his three convenient locations: New Lenox, Joliet, and Oak Lawn, IL. Our main number is (708) 475-5233.

By Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP
February 20, 2020
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Abdominal Pain  

How your gastroenterologist in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, can help you feel better

There are many different types of abdominal pain. Abdominal pain can come on suddenly, or it can be a chronic occurrence and you’ve just become used to it. You shouldn’t ignore abdominal pain, because it can be a sign of something serious. Your gastroenterologist can help.

Dr. Kamran Ayub at Southwest Gastroenterology has effective treatments for abdominal pain. He has several convenient office locations in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, to help you feel better.

More about Abdominal Pain

You may be wondering what is causing your abdominal pain. The fact is, if abdominal pain happens suddenly, it can be a sign of:

  • A bladder or kidney infection
  • Kidney stones
  • Appendicitis, diverticulitis, or cystitis
  • Peritonitis or pancreatitis
  • A urinary tract infection or gastroenteritis

If your abdominal pain is chronic and recurrent, it can be a sign of:

  • Gastritis or celiac disease
  • A hiatal or inguinal hernia
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • A peptic ulcer or ulcerative colitis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease

If your abdominal pain is progressive and gets worse over time, it can be a sign of:

  • Hepatitis or Crohn’s disease
  • Non-Hodgkins lymphoma
  • Pancreatic, kidney, stomach, liver, or gallbladder cancer

Sometimes abdominal pain will go away on its own, but there are definite indications you should see your gastroenterologist. For instance, make an appointment with your gastroenterologist immediately if you have:

  • A high fever and severe pain
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Blood in your stool
  • Yellowing of your skin
  • Abdominal swelling and tenderness

Your gastroenterologist may recommend diagnostic procedures to find the source of your abdominal pain. Common recommended procedures include an endoscopy, colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, abdominal ultrasound, or a combination of procedures.

Concerned? Give Us a Call

Don’t ignore abdominal pain. You can find relief by calling Dr. Kamran Ayub of Southwest Gastroenterology at (708) 475-5233. He has offices in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, to help you feel better, so call now!

By Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP
December 05, 2019
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Colon Polyps  

Learn more about colon polyps and whether this could be an early sign of colorectal cancer.

Have you or a loved one just been diagnosed with colon polyps? If so, it's only natural to have questions about it. Here in New Lenox, Oak polypLawn, and Joliet, IL, there is no better person to turn to for answers than gastroenterologist, Dr. Kamran Ayub. He has extensive experience with colon polyps and other colorectal problems.


What are colon polyps?

A polyp is a growth that usually develops within the large intestines or rectum, and it is one of the most common colorectal problems today. Some polyps are benign and harmless, while other types may be precancerous or cancerous. This is why it’s important to have polyps detected and removed right away during a routine colonoscopy.


What are the risk factors for colon polyps?

While anyone can develop colon polyps, there are certain factors that can increase the chances of the condition. These factors include,

  • Being over 50 years old
  • Having a family history of polyps or colorectal cancer
  • Smoking or using tobacco products
  • Being a heavy drinker
  • Having a past history of polyps
  • Leading a sedentary lifestyle
  • Being overweight


What are the signs and symptoms of colon polyps?

The problem is that many people don’t realize that they have polyps in the first place. In fact, the first time our patients usually find out they have polyps is when a doctor performs a routine or diagnostic colonoscopy for other issues.

While symptoms aren’t common, those with colon polyps may experience,

  • Rectal bleeding or bleeding with bowel movements
  • Bowel changes (e.g. recurring diarrhea or constipation)
  • Mucus draining from the rectum

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it’s important to visit one of our offices in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, or Joliet, IL, right away.


How is a colon polyp detected?

Your gastroenterologist may use any of these tests to look for the presence of polyps,

  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • CT colonography
  • Barium enema (X-ray)


How are polyps treated?

To err on the side of caution, all colon polyps should be removed since there are no tests that can detect with 100 percent accuracy whether or not a polyp is benign or could turn cancerous. Fortunately, a polyp can easily be removed during a simple colonoscopy.


Concerned? Give us a call

If you are looking for a gastroenterologist in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, or Joliet, IL, to provide you with a colorectal cancer screening or other gastrointestinal care, then call our office today at (708) 475-5233 to schedule your next visit.

By Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP
August 22, 2019
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Pancreatitis  

Your pancreas plays an important role in your digestion, providing both the hormones and enzymes necessary to break down food and regulate blood sugar. As you might imagine, when your pancreas isn't functioning properly, there can be serious complications.

One possible cause of this faltering functionality is pancreatitis, a condition that is characterized by an inflammation of the pancreas. Whether acute or chronic, pancreatitis is both painful and damaging. While most cases of pancreatitis are caused by excessive alcohol consumption or gallstones, causes may also include hereditary disease, infection, medications, genetic abnormalities, surgery complications or trauma to the abdominal region.

Read on to learn more about pancreatitis, and if you are at all concerned that you may have developed the condition, contact your gastroenterologist, Kamran Ayub in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, for a medical evaluation.

Pancreatitis Symptoms

The most common symptom of pancreatitis is abdominal pain which is especially prominent in the area of the pancreas, the middle and upper left portion of your abdomen. The pain may be worse after eating or lying on your back. The pain may come on suddenly and strongly, or increase gradually and last for a sequence of days. Other problematic signs include:

  • Flu-like symptoms, including nausea, fever, chills, and dehydration.
  • Weight loss, possibly combined with nutritional deficiencies
  • Jaundice, which imparts a yellowish tone to your skin
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • A swollen or tender to the touch abdomen
  • Lethargy or faintness

What will my gastroenterologist do to treat my pancreatitis?

A blood test and physical examination will likely be performed, and if your symptoms are determined to be caused by pancreatitis, your gastroenterologist may recommend in-hospital treatment, antibiotics, pain relievers, enzyme supplements, insulin treatment, or possibly surgery if you have gallstones.

You can help alleviate symptoms by abstaining from alcoholic beverages, eating a low-fat diet, and staying well hydrated.

Concerned? Give one our offices in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, a call

If you are suffering from pancreatitis, help is just a call away. Schedule a visit with your New Lenox gastroenterologist by dialing (708) 475-5233. Other offices are available in both Oak Lawn and Joliet, IL.

By Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP
June 19, 2019
Category: Conditions

How your gastroenterologist in New Lenox, IL, can treat GERD

Heartburn is a common problem, especially if you eat a lot of spicy foods. However, if you are experiencing heartburn all the time, it could stomach-painbe a sign of something else being afoot, most likely gastroesophageal reflux disease. Fortunately, Dr. Kamran Ayub here at Southwest Gastroenterology can help. With several convenient office locations in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, Dr. Ayub is committed to helping treat patients' GERD!


More about GERD

Affecting over 60 million people in the United States according to the American College of Gastroenterology, GERD is caused when the sphincter muscle between your stomach and esophagus fails to close completely, and thus allows acid from your stomach to come up into your esophagus. GERD can cause several annoying and painful symptoms, including:

  • Chronic throat pain
  • A sour taste and bad breath
  • Chronic coughing and wheezing
  • Eroding tooth enamel which causes sensitive teeth
  • Chronic chest pain, nausea, and vomiting

To help pacify GERD symptoms, consider:

  • Eating smaller meals
  • Stopping the use of tobacco products
  • Not eating before going to bed or lying down
  • Avoiding spicy or acidic foods
  • Taking over-the-counter antacids

If your symptoms persist after implementing the above lifestyle changes, you should definitely a consultation with our gastroenterologist. After all, if GERD goes untreated, the constant flow of stomach acid can cause serious problems in your esophagus, including:

  • Esophageal inflammation, which results in the swelling of your esophagus and difficulty swallowing
  • Esophageal ulcers, which results in nausea, chest pain, and problems swallowing
  • Esophageal narrowing and scarring, which results in problems swallowing
  • Esophageal cancer


Concerned? Give us a call!

You can do a lot to help with GERD, but you may not be able to achieve relief alone. That's where your gastroenterologist can help. To find out more about the causes of GERD, symptoms, and how to get relief, call Dr. Kamran Ayub at Southwest Gastroenterology, with convenient office locations in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, Illinois. Don’t wait to get the relief you need. Call (708) 475-5233 now!

By Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP
May 09, 2019
Category: Gastroenterologist

When it comes to matters involving your digestive tract, stomach, and colon, a gastroenterologist is the doctor to consult with. GI specialists also help patientsGastroenterology with matters involving the pancreas, gallbladder, liver and other organs involved in the elimination of waste. Here are some of the most common frequently asked questions that patients have for gastroenterologists.

What Does a Gastroenterologist Do?
A gastroenterologist is tasked with studying, managing and treating disorders involving the gastrointestinal tract. They diagnose potential problems that stand in the way of your body’s ability to comfortably and easily digest food, move it through the body and get rid of waste. It’s important that your gastrointestinal system is healthy so that your body absorbs the nutrition it needs for energy and vitality. GI doctors undergo rigorous training in this specialized area of medicine for five or six years after medical school.

What Tests Are Needed?
There are a number of tests that a gastroenterologist may recommend depending on your digestive concerns. Here are a few of the most common ones:

  • Colonoscopy (checks rectum, colon, and intestinal tract)
  • Upper GI endoscopy (checks esophagus and upper gastro system)
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy (similar to a colonoscopy, but only examines a portion of the colon)
  • Endoscopic or abdominal ultrasound
  • Abdominal Angiogram
  • CT enterography

What Treatments Are Administered?
If a problem is identified in the gastrointestinal tract or system, there are a number of possible solutions your GI doctor may explore:

  • Polyp removal (done with an endoscope)
  • Esophageal, colonic, duodenal or bile duct stent placement (allows the comfortable passage of bodily fluids, solids, and waste)
  • Cecostomy (clears bowels)
  • Surgical procedures (such as bowel surgery, appendectomy, colostomy, proctectomy, gastric bypass surgery, etc)

Ask More Questions at Your Initial Appointment
Whatever specific questions you may have for a gastroenterologist, they are best addressed at your first visit.

You should make this important appointment when recommended by your primary physician or when you have symptoms of a GI problem (bleeding, chronic constipation or diarrhea, heartburn, and similar concerns).

Call Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP in New Lenox, Joliet, Or Oak Lawn, IL to schedule a consultation today.

By Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP
March 11, 2019
Category: GI Diagnosis
Tags: Endoscopy   Colon Polyps   Gastritis   Ulcers  

Learn more about this common diagnostic procedure and why it’s performed at out New Lenox office.

Endoscopy ProcedureAre you dealing with stomach pains or other gastrointestinal issues? If so, our New Lenox, IL, gastroenterologist, Dr. Kamran Ayub, may recommend getting an endoscopy, a diagnostic test that will allow your doctor to be able to see the lining of the digestive tract to detect issues. Before you get an endoscopy here’s what you should know...


What is the purpose of an endoscopy?

This nonsurgical procedure is used for both diagnostic and treatment purposes. During this procedure, a thin, flexible scope is placed into the body either through the mouth or the rectum to check specific regions of the gastrointestinal tract. Attached to the end of this scope is a camera, which allows our GI doctors to monitor and detect issues.

An endoscopy may be used if you are experiencing,

  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Bowel changes (e.g. persistent constipation or diarrhea)
  • Colon polyps
  • Abdominal pain
  • Gastritis or stomach ulcers
  • Trouble swallowing

An endoscopy can also allow our gastroenterologist to stop active bleeds or remove polyps. Sometimes gallstones that have already moved into the bile duct can also be removed through a simple endoscopy.


How long will the procedure take?

In most cases, an upper endoscopy will only take about 10-15 minutes while a colonoscopy can take up to 30 minutes (this will depend on whether or not we find polyps that need to be removed). The recovery process usually takes no more than 45 minutes.


Will I be asleep during my endoscopy?

In most cases, you’ll be under the effects of an anesthetic known as twilight or conscious sedation. This form of anesthesia is administered through an IV, and while you may fall asleep or remember nothing about the procedure, you will be able to respond if spoken to.


Are there any side effects associated with an endoscopy?

If you are undergoing an endoscopy, you may experience a very minor sore throat or scratchiness once the endoscope is removed. If you have to undergo a colonoscopy you may experience some gas or cramping afterward.


Need an endoscopy? Give us a call!

If you are dealing with symptoms that could indicate that you are dealing with stomach, intestinal, or colon issues, then it’s time to turn to our expert gastrointestinal team. We have three offices in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, to serve you. Call us today at (708) 475-5233 to schedule an appointment.

By Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP
December 18, 2018
Category: Conditions
Tags: Acid Reflux  

Don’t let heartburn ruin mealtimes for you. Our doctors in Oak Lawn, Joliet, and New Lenox, IL, can help you manage your acid reflux.

Do you worry that every time you are eating something that afterward you’re going to be dealing with a burning, gnawing feeling in your throat and chest? If so, you could be dealing with a problem known as acid reflux. While acid reflux will happen to most of us at some point, if you are experiencing symptoms frequently then it might be time to turn to one of gastroenterologist Dr. Kamran Ayub's offices in Oak Lawn, Joliet, or New Lenox, IL, to find out what’s going on.


What are the symptoms of acid reflux?

As many as 60 million Americans experience acid reflux at least once a month, according to WebMD. Are you one of them? Well, you might be if you are experiencing,

  • Heartburn: a burning sensation in your chest and often the throat.
  • Acid in the throat (known as regurgitation)
  • Frequent burping
  • Nausea after eating
  • Bloating

These symptoms often appear if,

  • You’ve eaten a heavy or large meal
  • You lie down immediately after eating
  • If you eat spicy foods
  • You are consuming caffeinated beverages or drinking alcohol

You may notice that your acid reflux symptoms get worse at night. Women who are pregnant are also at risk for acid reflux.


When should I visit a gastroenterologist for acid reflux?

While experiencing the occasional bout of acid reflux shouldn’t make you run for the doctor’s office, you should turn to our New Lenox, IL, office if,

  • Symptoms get worse or don’t improve with over-the-counter medications
  • You have difficult or painful swallowing
  • You have unexplained or unexpected weight loss
  • You are dealing with nausea or vomiting due to heartburn
  • You are vomiting blood
  • You feel like you have a lump in your throat
  • You develop a persistent cough
  • You develop hoarseness or a raspy in your voice


If you are dealing with acid reflux in Oak Lawn, Joliet, or New Lenox, IL, then let our gastrointestinal specialists provide you with the treatment that you need to reduce your heartburn symptoms and to make eating a pain-free experience. For New Lenox, call (708) 475-5233, for Oak Lawn, call (708) 475-5233, and for Joliet, call (708) 475-5233

By Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP
September 24, 2018
Category: GI Diagnosis
Tags: Endoscopy  

Endoscopy ScreeningYour gastroenterologist at Southwest Gastroenterology in New Lenox and Oak Lawn, IL, Dr. Kamran Ayub specializes in Advanced Endoscopy and performs many variations on modern endoscopy. Viewing, diagnosing and treating many upper GI tract anomalies and diseases using innovative and minimally-invasive procedures, Dr. Ayub and his staff provide premier care in a setting that's patient-centered and comfortable. Dr. Ayub is considered an expert in advanced endoscopy and colonoscopy. He has trained numerous physicians in this field and has spoken extensively on these topics at national and international meetings. Learn the details on endoscopy and what it could do for you.

What is an endoscopy?
In years past, physicians had X-ray imaging and exploratory surgery to examine and treat problems in the gastrointestinal tract. Procedures were more difficult and imprecise, often yielded insufficient information or created post-procedure problems during recovery.

Not so with state-of-the-art endoscopy diagnostics and treatments from your New Lenox, IL, gastroenterologist. Using a small bore flexible tube, equipped with a light and real time video camera, Dr. Ayub obtains detailed pictures of the size and shape of the GI tract. He can locate cancerous and benign lesions, pinpoint structural abnormalities, perform biopsies and more.

The procedure requires no special preparation beyond fasting. The doctor uses oral/IV sedatives to relax the patient and inserts the thin endoscope through the mouth and into the esophagus. He can examine the entire upper GI tract into the stomach using this advanced instrument, taking real-time video and still color images as well. He can also examine the entire colon using a colonoscopy (this required colon cleansing the day before the procedure), and Dr. Ayub is one of few physicians in the country offering Double Balloon enteroscopy to examine the small bowel which is approximately 22 feet long.

In all, the procedure takes about half an hour. Patients spend a short time in recovery and are driven home by a friend or relative. For many, the doctor is able to give a detailed report right away.

The versatility of endoscopy
Because of Dr. Ayub's innovative insight into advanced endoscopy, Southwest Gastroenterology offers a range of treatments, including:
Bile duct and pancreatitis interventions including cyst drainage, Endomicroscopy and Habib Probe Ablation of bile duct cancer
About 15% of Bile Duct/Pancreatic duct interventions performed by Dr. Ayub are failed procedures (ERCP) at other hospitals. Dr. Ayub also performs complex colonoscopy and resections that are only offered by few gastroenterologists around the country.

Treatment of dysphagia, or problems with swallowing

  • Treatments for GERD (acid reflux) and Barrett's esophagus (a pre-cancerous condition)
  • Detection and removal of cancerous conditions using endoscopic dissection and full thickness resection techniques.
  • Palliative cancer therapy to increase patient comfort
  • Photodynamic therapy (activation of certain cancer drugs with specific wavelengths of light)
  • Radiofrequency ablation (killing nerve tissue to control pain)
  • Balloon placement for weight loss
  • And, the list goes on.

Do you need an endoscopy or colonoscopy?
This is typically needed for symptoms like heartburn, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, difficulty swallowing, nausea vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss and abdominal swelling etc.

If you do need this detailed examination, rest assured you're in exceptionally capable hands. To schedule your GI consultation, please contact Southwest Gastroenterology at (708) 475-5233. We have offices in New Lenox, Oaklawn, and Joliet, IL.

By Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP
April 25, 2018
Category: None
Tags: Untagged

Could your annoying heartburn be due to this gastroesophageal condition?

You would love to chow down on that homemade chili your friend made, but you know that the minute you do you’ll be in pain and discomfort. Perhaps you notice that more and more foods bring about a nasty bout of heartburn. Could you be suffering from GERD? Do you have questions for your New Lenox, Joliet, Oak Lawn, Burr Ridge, Frankfort, and Orland Park, IL gastroenterologist?

What is GERD?

GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease, a condition that affects both the stomach and esophagus. Whenever you eat something, the food passes from the esophagus into the stomach. The stomach then produces gastric juices to help move food along. If you have GERD, then the juices and some of the contents of your stomach are actually going back up into the esophagus.

What are the symptoms of GERD?

Heartburn is the classic symptom of GERD. Heartburn causes a gnawing, burning sensation in the chest that may even radiate to the throat. Sometimes it feels as if food is going to come back up through the throat. You may notice your symptoms get worse after you eat. If you lie down after a meal you may also trigger these uncomfortable symptoms.

What causes this digestive disorder?

There are some everyday habits that can make you prone to GERD. Smoking, being overweight or eating certain foods and drinks such as fried foods, coffee or alcohol can all contribute to GERD. Women who are pregnant may also be more likely to deal with this problem.

What are my treatment options prescribed by your gastroenterologist in New Lenox, Joliet, Oak Lawn, Burr Ridge, Frankfort, and Orland Park, IL?

Fortunately, there are many ways to tackle your symptoms and reduce heartburn. There are simple measures such as avoiding certain acidic foods like chocolate, coffee, citrus, and alcohol. Your gastroenterologist can provide you with a list of safe foods that won’t trigger your heartburn. Reducing your weight if you are obese and trying to eat smaller portions can also help.

Also, try to avoid eating anything for a couple of hours before bedtime, as lying down not long after eating can trigger symptoms. While you may find some reprieve from your symptoms by taking an over-the-counter antacid, we can also prescribe a stronger medication if these OTC medications aren’t doing the trick.

If you want to find out if your symptoms are because of GERD then give us a call today and schedule an appointment with us. The sooner we determine the cause of your symptoms the sooner we can provide you with the relief you need to start enjoying all of your favorite foods again. Call your New Lenox, Joliet, Oak Lawn, Burr Ridge, Frankfort, and Orland Park, IL gastroenterologist to schedule and appointment.

By Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP
April 25, 2018
Category: None
Tags: Untagged

Welcome to the Blog of Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP

Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP would like to welcome you to our blog. Here you will find informative and useful postings about gastroenterology and our practice.

At Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP we believe that educated patients are better prepared to make decisions regarding the health of their digestive system.  Our blog was designed to provide you with the latest gastroenterology developments and valuable health advice from our dedicated team. 

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