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Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Erik Askenasy is a general surgery and colon & rectal surgery specialist in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: colon cancer, incontinence, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Dr. Askenasy is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He has an open panel. Dr. Askenasy graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency.

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All Interests: Incontinence, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Laparoscopic Small Bowel ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1900 N. Loop W.; Suite 90
Houston, TX
 

Dr. R. Patel practices adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Patel include ulcers, anemia, and esophageal surgery. Dr. Patel accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Gallstones, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Sammy E Khoury, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sammy Khoury is a medical specialist in general surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Khoury is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include thyroid problems, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Khoury's practice is open to new patients. He graduated from Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Lankenau Medical Center for his residency.

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All Interests: Colposcopy, Peritoneal Catheter Placement, Breast Biopsy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, ... (Read more)

Dr. Hema C Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
18400 Katy Freeway, Suite 600; Medical Office Building 1
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Hema Patel works as an internist in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. She graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Patel include warts, thyroid problems, and moles. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Patel honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Warts, Amenorrhea, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cervical Dysplasia, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Scoliosis, ... (Read more)

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What is Crohn's Disease?

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune illness that results in chronic inflammation of the digestive system. It is one of a similar group of conditions called inflammatory bowel disease. The most common symptoms of Crohn’s are abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Crohn’s can be difficult to distinguish from another type of inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. The symptoms are almost identical, but the way they affect the digestive tract is different. While technically Crohn’s can be present anywhere in the digestive tract, it is most commonly found in the small intestine. In contrast, ulcerative colitis is only found in the colon. Crohn’s disease affects the entire wall of the intestine, while ulcerative colitis affects only the lining. Finally, the inflammation caused by Crohn’s is patchy, but the inflammation due to ulcerative colitis is continuous.

Symptoms of Crohn’s include:
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea, sometimes alternating with constipation
  • Rectal bleeding
  • A sense of urgency about going to the bathroom
  • Feeling like you keep needing use the bathroom, even after you have already done so
  • General symptoms of illness, such as fever, weight loss, and fatigue

The symptoms of Crohn’s tend to cycle. They may be very strong for periods of time, called ‘flares,’ and they may go away for periods of time, known as remission.

There are several treatment options for Crohn’s, and what works for one person may not work for another. There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, but treatments can help make symptoms less severe and more manageable. Options include:
  • Medications, including immunosuppressants, biologics, antibiotics, and aminosalicylates
  • Special diets, both bland to avoid triggering flares and high in nutrition to prevent deficiencies
  • Surgery to remove sections of severely diseased intestine, which can reduce symptoms for a period of time

Living with Crohn’s disease can be challenging. However, with the right treatment, it is possible to manage your symptoms so that they don’t interfere with your active life.
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