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
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
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
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or to ask questions about your digestive health.
801 East Nolana, Suite 4
McAllen, TX 78504
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