Screen for gut illnesses with SIBO testing in Brooklyn, NY
SIBO, or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, is a disorder that occurs when bacteria is inappropriately present in the small intestine. These excess bacteria will cause your body to release hydrogen and methane as you exhale, which can be assessed via testing. A SIBO test checks the hydrogen and methane content of your breath to diagnose bacterial overgrowth. The NY Center for Integrative Medicine in Brooklyn offers SIBO testing to get an informed look at the possible causes of this disorder.
Depending on the indication, this testing will either be done in office or we will send you home with a test kit. You will need to fast the night before your test to get an accurate result. During the test, you will drink a sweet drink and breathe into a series of tubes at regular intervals.
If your SIBO screening comes back positive, our clinical team will form a treatment plan, which may include carefully selected and safe antibiotics, botanical medications and diet changes to help you find relief.
Drs. Shapsis and Kachko may also want to do additional screenings to help find the underlying cause of your SIBO. The NY Center for Integrative Medicine in Brooklyn takes a holistic approach to medicine. Rather than treating a series of symptoms, our team will look at your overall health. If we can find a link between seemingly disparate symptoms, we can identify it to diagnose issues and treat them to improve your quality of life.
Treatments available for Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Dr. Robert Kachko
What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and what are its symptoms?
Dr. Robert Kachko and Dr. Alexander Shapsis – a board-certified gastroenterologist from New York Center for Integrative Medicine, have put together a cutting-edge program to help people dealing with digestive disorders.
We specialize in patients suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Irritable Bowel Syndrome can manifest in many different ways for different people.
Some people present with pain, bloating, or gas fluctuations between diarrhea and constipation and sensitivity to almost any food.
How can Irritable Bowel Syndrome be diagnosed?
The challenge with Irritable Bowel Syndrome is it can take years for people to get diagnosed. It is a diagnosis of exclusion.
It means we do a couple of testing based on gastrointestinal perspective, and if there are no other digestive disorders diagnosed, you might get a diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
What are the treatment options available for IBS?
At New York Center for Integrative Medicine, we take a completely different approach. While we help you rule out all those common digestive disorders, we will also do functional medicine testing.
This might include stool tests, breath tests, more comprehensive blood work to assess things like your microbiome, likelihood of having a condition called SIBO, which is small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.
We will also test for any likelihood that you have inflammation, difficulty absorbing your food, or assimilating nutrients.
Why should someone visit NY Center For Integrative Medicine for IBS treatments?
We are an Integrative Medicine Clinic that combines the best from functional medicine and invests in conventional gastroenterology alongside naturopathic medicine and acupuncture.
This will give you the tools that you need to find relief both now and long into the future. Some of those ways might include IV therapy to replace the nutrients that you might be deficient in.
We might recommend prescription medications or botanical medicines to help you with your symptoms. We take a comprehensive approach that honors who you are as a person, treating you, your mind, body, and spirit.
Digestive disorders affect a large number of people throughout the world. Book a consultation with us today.
The importance of having a healthy digestive system - Dr. Robert Kachko
How important is having a healthy digestive system?
Hi, this is Dr. Robert Kachko from the New York Center for Integrative Medicine. In our practice, we see a lot of patients with chronic digestive conditions.
Dr. Alexander Shapsis, the Co-Director of the New York Center for Integrative Medicine, is a gastroenterologist as well as an integrative and functional medicine doctor.
Having worked with thousands of patients with digestive conditions, we understand that long term and whole-body health often starts in the digestive tract.
The nervous system, the immune system, and our body’s likelihood of being inflamed all correlate to the digestive system’s health.
How can the health of the digestive system be measured?
To understand the health of each person’s digestion, in addition to their symptoms, we can do truly comprehensive testing.
At the New York Center for Integrative Medicine, we do stool testing to assess the microbiome. We can do breath-testing to look for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.
We also do stool testing to look for inflammation, absorption, and assimilation of essential nutrients, overgrowth of parasites, bacteria, viruses, etc.
What is included in a treatment plan for a healthy digestive system?
Once we have a thorough understanding of each individual’s digestive health, we can create a customized treatment plan.
When it comes to a customized treatment plan, we are always taking a holistic, integrative approach. Some of our patients will be recommended to receive IV nutrient therapy.
Other patients might do well with acupuncture, mind-body medicine, botanicals, targeted nutraceuticals, and sometimes pharmaceutical medications to help each individual in a personalized and precise way.
Contact our office today at (718) 866-3695 to schedule an appointment and learn more SIBO testing and the other screening measures we use to help our patients.