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Gastro Health is a Florida's largest medical group of board certified physician specializing in digestive and colon health. We employ some of the nation’s premier gastroenterologists, pediatric gastroenterologists, colorectal surgeons and allied health professionals as well as own and operate accredited and licensed ambulatory surgical centers. Currently, Gastro Health employs over 500 individuals, including 100 providers who offer a wide range of services including: anesthesia, infusion, imaging, pathology, specialty pharmacy, in-office RX dispensing, and endoscopy surgery centers. Our mission is to provide outstanding medical care and an exceptional healthcare experience. We take pride in improving patients’ care while treating every patient as a valued member of our immediate family.
If you have been diagnosed with diverticulitis, your first thoughts may be “How is this going to change my diet?” Thanks to new research, your dietary changes will not be as severe as you may have once thought, heard, or read. For decades, doctors recommended that people with diverticulitis avoid eating foods such as rice, corn, nuts, seeds, popcorn, beans and most raw fruits and vegetable skins because they believed the tiny particles from these foods may get lodged in the pouches and lead to an infection.
While some doctors still recommend sticking to this type of diet, most physicians have abandoned that advice, as current research has demonstrated no evidence linking those foods with increased problems.
If you have diverticulitis, you should focus on eating a healthy diet that is high in fiber. High-fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains soften waste and help it pass more quickly through your colon. This reduces pressure within your digestive tract which may help reduce the risk of diverticula pouches expanding outwards from the colon, forming and becoming inflamed. Lack of dietary fiber is now thought to be the main cause of diverticula. If you do not consume enough dietary fiber and the stool is hard, there may be more pressure or strain on the colon as muscles push the stool down which causes diverticula to occur.
Unfortunately, diverticulitis is a condition that continues to leave some doctors scratching their heads; however, although there is no clear clinical evidence to prove a link between dietary fiber and diverticulosis, experts say the circumstantial evidence is convincing.
Experts do not completely understand just yet why diverticulitis – the infection of at least one diverticula – occurs. They can only tell us that the bacteria in the stool rapidly grows and spreads, causing an infection. The blockage, possibly by feces, is what physicians understand to cause the infection.
If you have been diagnosed with diverticulitis, talk with your doctor or dietician who can help you make right decisions on any food-related questions.
An expert can even make specific recommendations, provide recipes and help you find ways to enjoy the high-fiber foods your diet needs.
Gastro Health is a medical group made up of the finest physicians and allied health professionals in South Florida specializing in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, nutrition, and digestive health.
We take pride in improving patient’s quality of care and ensuring an excellent healthcare experience. Gastro Health seeks to continuously improve the health of our patients and the personal service we render both to them and the medical community through teamwork and compassionate care.
At Gastro Health, we treat every patient like an immediate member of our family.
Gastro Health, LLC has acquired the practice of Digestive Center of the Palm Beaches specializing in colon cancer screening and gastroenterology. The acquisition marks Gastro Health’s fourth office in Palm Beach County and sets the bar even higher, as the company grows in new geographic markets and is poised for tremendous growth throughout the state, and the country. Digestive Center of the Palm Beaches currently serves patients in three locations within Palm Beach.
The practice is comprised of four physicians, as well as one nurse practitioner. The office will become Gastro Health’s 29th location. Led by Jeffrey S. Wenger, M.D., providers for this practice include Sidney Neimark, M.D., F.A.C.P., Salvatore Senzatimore Jr., M.D., and Elliot Ellis, M.D., F.A.C.P. All four physicians have had board certifications with the American Board of Internal Medicine as well as the ABIM/Gastroenterology and many hold privileges at the hospitals in the area, such as Good Samaritan, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, and St. Mary’s Medical Center.
Digestive Center of the Palm Beaches Health will continue to provide high quality outpatient consultative care for the broad range of digestive diseases and conditions as well as procedures such as colonoscopies and upper GI Balloon endoscopies in our convenient outpatient endoscopy center.
“Having the talented doctors from Digestive Center of the Palm Beaches join the Gastro Health family is yet another accomplishment we are very proud of,” said Gastro Health CEO, Alejandro Fernandez. “This is our fourth acquisition in the Palm Beach area and is just the beginning for Gastro Health’s continuous growth.”
“At Digestive Center of the Palm Beaches, it is important to us that the patients receive excellent medical care as well as, a great overall experience,” said Dr. Jeffrey S. Wenger. “By becoming part of Gastro Health, one of the most recognized and fastest growing gastroenterology groups in the country, our patients will now benefit from the additional resources we will be able to provide.”
By joining Gastro Health, the group will be able to offer even more patients the safe and affordable gastrointestinal care they need. All of Gastro Health’s care centers are equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology to ensure the best outcomes possible for each individual patient as well as an in-house pharmacy which can dispense medications at a fraction of the cost.Gastro Health
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