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					COLON CANCER                                                                    Doctors often use a formula based on your height and weight — called the      GASTROENTEROLOGY PRACTICE
                                                                                body mass index (BMI) — to determine if you are obese. Adults with a          We evaluate and treat all forms of gastrointestinal symptoms and disease.
                                                                                BMI of 30 or higher are considered obese. Extreme obesity, also called        Our trained, professional staff can assist you with most of your digestive
Due to the high mortality associated with colon cancer and the                  severe obesity or morbid obesity, occurs when you have a BMI of 40 or
effectiveness of colonoscopy in detecting early lesions, it has become                                                                                        health needs.
                                                                                more. With morbid obesity, you are especially likely to have serious health
routine to screen adults if you are:                                            problems.
            1.     50 years of age or older                                     BMI Weight status                                                             TGI carries a variety of supplements. These supplements are made from
            2.     Have a personal or family history of colorectal cancer,      Below 18.5 Underweight                                                        all-organic, pharmaceutical grade substances. We carry a variety of
                   polyps or inflammatory bowel disease                         18.5 — 24.9 Normal                                                            supplements such as: multivitamins, hormone stabilizers, blood sugar
            3.     Have any gastrointestinal symptoms, regardless of age.       25.0 — 29.9 Overweight                                                        stabilizers, aloe vera, and joint supporters.
                                                                                30.0 and higher Obese
                   SYMPTOMS:                                                                                                                                  TGI also carries a wide variety of nutraceuticals to enhance healthy living.
                                                                                Today, about one in three American adults is considered to be obese, but
                   Change in bowel habits                                       obesity is also becoming an increasing health problem globally. The good
                   Blood in the stool                                           news is that even modest weight loss can improve or prevent the health
                   Narrowing of the stool                                       problems associated with obesity.
                   Unexplained weight loss
                   Chronic fatigue
                                                                                Weight Loss Clinic
COLONOSCOPY                                                                     Our doctors and nurses are well-versed in various weight
During a colonoscopy, the doctor can cauterize suspicious lesions,              loss techniques. Ask our staff about how you can lose
acquire samples to test for colon cancer and remove polyps (small               pounds and inches with one of our unique weight loss                          Brief Biography of Dr. Rodriguez 
growths in the colon that can turn into cancerous tumors or colorectal
cancer). Colon cancer is completely preventable if you get your regular                                                                                       Dr. Rodriguez is a graduate of the University of 
checkups.                                                                                                                                                     Miami in 1979.  He attended the Ponce School of 
                                                                                                                                                              Medicine and he is the valedictorian from his 
HEMORRHOIDS                                                                                                                                                   medical school class of 1986.  Dr. Rodriguez 
The physicians at the Texas Gastroenterology Institute offer an                                                                                               completed his specialty training in Internal 
innovative nonsurgical option to remove troublesome hemorrhoids                                                                                               Medicine and subspecialty training in 
right in the office. The procedure is approved by most insurance                                                                                              Gastroenterology at the Texas A & M Health 
carriers. See our link on CRH Medical’s website.                                                                                                              Science Center in 1992. 

There is no need to suffer in silence any longer.                                                                                                             Dr. Rodriguez is Board Certified by the American Board of 
                                                                                                                                                              Internal Medicine in both Internal Medicine and 
GERD—(ACID REFLUX)                                                                                                                                            Gastroenterology.  He has served on numerous boards and 
GERD, or acid reflux, is a condition in which the liquid content of the                                                                                       is a member of numerous medical specialty organizations.  
stomach regurgitates (backs up or refluxes) into the esophagus. The                                                                                           Dr. Rodriguez has been involved in research with many 
liquid can inflame and damage the lining (cause, esophagitis) of the                                                                                          publications in peer‐reviewed journals. He is on the clinical 
esophagus.                                                                                                                                                    faculty at the medical school at The University of Texas 
                                                                                                                                                              Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Rodriguez has 
UPPER ENDOSCOPY                                                                                                                                               attained the distinction of being advanced to Fellow in the 
Our doctors have been specificaly trained to use devices that can be used
                                                                                                                                                              American College of Physicians (FACP).  
to view the upper GI tract. They will determine if this type of exam is right
for you.
Obesity is defined as having an excessive amount of body fat. Obesity is
more than just a cosmetic concern, though. It increases your risk of
diseases and health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Brief Biography of Dr. Balderas 

Dr. Balderas joins Texas Gastroenterology Institute after 
completing her Internal Medicine Residency and 
Gastroenterology Fellowship at the University of Texas 
Southwestern in Dallas, Texas.  She then chose to 
complete an additional year at the University of Texas 
Health Science Center in San Antonio dedicated to 
advanced endoscopic techniques including Endoscopic 
Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) as well as 
diagnostic and interventional Endoscopic Ultrasound 
(EUS). She has a special interest in pancreatic and biliary 
disorders.  Where patients in the past have had to travel 
outside of the Valley for certain specialized procedures 
related to pancreas or biliary disorders; Dr. Balderas is now 
offering these needed services in the Valley.  Born and 
raised in the Rio Grande Valley, she is enthusiastic and 
committed to bringing the best quality care to her 

                                                                  Jose Rodriguez, MD, FACP
                                                                    Valeska Balderas, MD
Call Texas Gastroenterology Institute to obtain a consultation
or to ask questions about your digestive health.
                   801 East Nolana, Suite 4
                     McAllen, TX 78504

                                                                   The Rio Grande Valley’s         
 Gastroenterology Practice phone: 686-2626                       Complete Source for Expert
                                                                    Digestive Health Care

             Weight loss clinic phone:
                      (956) 627-4056

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