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Complications of Acid Reflux Jul 7th, 2021

Acid reflux disease can sometimes be a short-lived issue, especially for pregnant women. But for some people, acid reflux is a chronic condition that causes daily discomfort.  Eric Ibegbu, MD, and our team at Atlantic Medical Group excel at diagnosing and treating acid reflux. If you’re uncomfortable, we encourage you...

Who’s At Risk for Colon Cancer? Jun 15th, 2021

Early detection of colon cancer can mean earlier and potentially life-saving treatment. The key to early detection is to receive colon cancer screenings when recommended.  The American Cancer Society recommends routine colon cancer screenings starting at age 45 for low-risk individuals, although your screening schedule may vary based on your...

Do I Just Have to Live With Acid Reflux? May 10th, 2021

Even if you’ve been diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you don’t have to suffer with the discomfort of acid reflux. Gastroenterologist Eric Ibegbu, MD, is on a mission to help you enjoy your life to the fullest by providing relief from acid reflux.  Here at Atlantic Medical Group, we...

4 Symptoms of Hemorrhoids Apr 12th, 2021

Hemorrhoids are simply swollen blood vessels that develop on the inside or outside of your body. Because they develop in your anus or on the lower part of your rectum, you might feel tempted to suffer alone instead of seeking treatment.  Hemorrhoids aren’t always easy to discuss — in a...

Help! I'm Struggling to Lose Weight Mar 8th, 2021

If you’re trying to lose weight, you’re not alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 49.1% of Americans try to lose weight each year.  From feeling good about the way you look and feel in your clothes to improving your overall health, there are many reasons...

See Your Doctor From the Comfort of Your Home Feb 10th, 2021

Whether you’re dealing with dietary triggers of acid reflux or want to review your lab work, you might wonder if a virtual appointment is possible.  Gastroenterologist Eric Ibegbu, MD, and our experienced team at Atlantic Medical Group are happy to see patients in our Kinston and Jacksonville, North Carolina, offices...

Am I a Good Candidate for Bariatric Revision? Jan 1st, 2021

Are you frustrated with weight gain after undergoing gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery?  If you’ve gained weight after weight loss surgery, it can be frustrating, but you’re not alone.  A study showed 50% of patients who had a gastric bypass experienced weight gain about two years after the procedure....

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 23rd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

When to See a Doctor About Constipation Dec 1st, 2020

Even though it’s not easy to talk about constipation, it’s a very common problem. If you’re one of the 2.5 million people who deal with constipation, you might wonder when it’s time to pause the at-home treatments and see a doctor. Here at Atlantic Medical Group, gastroenterologist Eric Ibegbu, MD,...

How Does Stress Impact Crohn's Disease and Colitis? Nov 1st, 2020

Have you ever wondered why your stomach might feel queasy if you’re nervous? Or why you lose your appetite if you’re worried?  Your stomach and your mental state share a connection. Unfortunately, for those with Crohn’s disease and colitis, a stressed and overloaded mental state can cause a lot more...

5 Foods That Prevent Hemorrhoid Flare-Ups Oct 1st, 2020

While hemorrhoids aren’t a favorite topic of conversation, the reality is that many people experience the signs of hemorrhoids at some point. As many as 50% of people aged 50-plus have hemorrhoids.  Gastroenterologist Eric Ibegbu, MD, and our compassionate team at Atlantic Medical Group can diagnose and treat pesky hemorrhoids...

How to Lower Your Risk for Colitis Flare-Ups Sep 2nd, 2020

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that affects your large intestine. More than 750,000 people in North America alone live with this condition. If you’re one of them, you know that ulcerative colitis is marked by inflammation and painful ulcers. Gastroenterologist Eric Ibegbu, MD, and our team at Atlantic...

Weight Gain After Bariatric Surgery: Facts and Solutions Aug 7th, 2020

Bariatric surgery is intended to help you achieve your weight loss goals permanently. But studies show that some people regain weight, typically about 2-10 years after the original surgery.  An estimated 50% of those who undergo surgery gain just about 5% of the lost weight. But what happens if you...

What to Eat for Constipation Relief Jul 9th, 2020

Constipation isn’t the easiest topic of conversation, but it’s a very common condition. According to the National Institute of Health, about 16 of every 100 adult Americans struggle with constipation at some point. For adults ages 60 and up, that number jumps to 33 of every 100. Sometimes constipation is...

Stomach Aches and IBS Jun 9th, 2020

An occasional upset stomach is normal, but if you’re always struggling with unwanted gastrointestinal symptoms, you might be dealing with more than just a stomach ache. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that causes abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. IBS can affect the quality of your life,...

5 Tips to Avoid Acid Reflux May 8th, 2020

Heartburn and acid reflux disease are often used interchangeably, but these two terms refer to different things. Acid reflux disease goes by another name: gastroesophageal reflux disease. And heartburn — that feeling of burning discomfort in your chest — is a symptom of acid reflux disease.  Heartburn can develop when...

Understanding Crohn’s Disease Apr 1st, 2020

Occasional stomach aches or indigestion are not uncommon. In fact, about 25% of Americans experience occasional indigestion each year. Eating too fast, eating a rich or greasy meal, or eating and then quickly exercising can cause unpleasant symptoms. But if gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms occur more regularly, they can start to...

Get Relief: How You Can Benefit From Nonsurgical Hemorrhoid Treatment Mar 5th, 2020

Hemorrhoids may not be the most discussed health topic, but about 75% of adults experience them at some point. Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels near your rectum or anus, and those swollen blood vessels cause pain and discomfort. You can treat mild hemorrhoids at home with a medicated cream or...

Why You Shouldn't Use Medications for Long-term Weight Loss Feb 1st, 2020

When you’re dedicated to losing weight, you quickly find that you have many options to help you achieve your goals, yet it’s hard to determine what method is safe and what’s not. There are various weight loss supplements, but many herbal supplements aren’t even regulated. Prescription weight loss medications, exercise...

Is The Keto Diet Healthy? Jan 1st, 2020

For many people, dieting is a way to slim down and maintain a healthier body. However, certain diets exist to supplement your body and help with problems like type 2 diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, and epilepsy. The keto diet is recommended for those who wish to lose weight, stay thin,...

Experience Weight-Loss Without Surgery With Orbera® Balloon System Dec 3rd, 2019

Being overweight can put a toll on your body. You know that, but you might not realize how much your weight can negatively impact your health. The risks of being obese, or overweight, are high and can lead to these serious conditions: High blood pressure High cholesterol Stroke Heart disease...

Why Revision Surgery is Sometimes Needed after Bariatric Procedures Nov 19th, 2019

Bariatric surgery promises major results for people who need to lose a lot of weight. This procedure is usually performed only on the severely obese, restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold and limiting the amount of nutrient absorption. It can produce dramatic amounts of weight loss that...

Weight Loss Seminar Jul 26th, 2018

Which gastric balloon is best for you? Jul 6th, 2018

WHICH GASTRIC BALLOON IS BEST FOR YOU?Expanding the global AMG BRAND,Experience from Paris France July 2018   As Orbera was approved in Europe several years prior to FDA approval in the United States, doctors like Dr Costil have had more years of experience with balloons than any physician in the US.Hence my...

The importance of a Colon Cancer Screening Jun 1st, 2018

Are you 50 or older? Have a family history of colon cancer?? African-American 45 and older? If yes to any of these questions, have you had a routine colonoscopy?? Colorectal cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in the US. A routine colon cancer screening means finding any...