Our Gastroenterology Blog
By Tricities Gastroenterology
December 05, 2017
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Colonoscopy  

Staying active, eating healthy foods, and staying on top preventative procedures are some of the most important aspects of maintaining colonoscopyyour health as you grow older. A colonoscopy is a great way to find and treat cancerous or pre-cancerous cells early, preventing a more complex and sinister condition down the road. Find out more about colonoscopy and what it can do for you and your health with Dr. Jeffrey Fenyves and Dr. Stephen Fry at Tri-Cities Gastroenterology in Kingsport, TN, and serving the Tri-Cities area.

What is a colonoscopy? 
Colonoscopy uses a long, thin tube called a colonoscope to scan the lining of the colon for cancerous or pre-cancerous polyps. The procedure takes about an hour and requires a medication to sedate you, helping you relax during the treatment. The colonoscope has a camera on the end to allow your doctor to examine the colon. Additionally, the colonoscope allows your doctor to thread special, miniaturized tools through the tube to take a biopsy of or even remove polyps they may find.

Why do doctors recommend a colonoscopy? 
Doctors recommend starting regular colonoscopy procedures at age 50. If no polyps or anything questionable is found, your next test will probably be in ten years. However, if your doctor finds polyps, your next colonoscopy will probably be sooner. Additionally, doctors may recommend a colonoscopy based on certain symptoms. Patients with certain conditions like inflammatory bowel disease, a history of polyps, or a family history of cancer should also have a colonoscopy to screen for cancerous growths.

Colonoscopy in Kingsport, TN, and serving the Tri-Cities area
For more information on colonoscopy, please contact Dr. Fenyves and Dr. Fry at Tri-cities Gastroenterology in Kingsport, TN, and serving the Tri-Cities area. Call (423) 279-1400 to schedule an appointment today!

By Tricities Gastroenterology
August 08, 2017
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Liver  

Your gastroenterologist from Tri-cities Gastroenterology in Kingsport, TN, and serving the Tri-Cities area Dr. Jeffrey Fenyves and Dr.Liver problems Stephen Fry can examine patients to look for potential issues with the liver. Liver tests will help determine whether or not conditions exist. One of our professionals will then be able to offer helpful treatment options that will remedy the condition or make the symptoms more tolerable to live with.

Liver Health Problems

One problem that can be experienced with the liver is known as autoimmune hepatitis. This means that inflammation is persistent in the liver and damages cells in the organ. The cause for this isn’t clear, however many believe it is an autoimmune disease. It is most common in middle-aged women. Most patients have no symptoms at all other than feeling unwell or tired and having joint or muscle pain. Liver function tests can help diagnose this and other liver problems. It shows if there is inflammation in the organ and how well it is functioning overall. Treatment includes steroids that help to reduce the inflammation.

Liver tests from your Kingston, Tennessee gastroenterologists can also diagnose cirrhosis, which is scarring of the liver leading to poor liver function. Generally, this is the last stage of chronic liver disease. Causes of this include alcohol abuse, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C, bile duct problems, some medicines or liver disease. Oftentimes there are no symptoms or they come on slowly, making it hard to diagnose early on.

Primary biliary cirrhosis is irritation and/or swelling of the bile ducts of the liver. This blocks the flow of bile, which can damage cells and lead to scarring or cirrhosis. The cause isn’t known; however it is an autoimmune disorder meaning that your body’s immune system is attacking healthy tissue.

Kingsport, TN Liver specialists from Tri-cities Gastroenterology in Kingsport, TN, and serving the Tri-Cities area can give thorough examinations and perform important tests to diagnose these serious liver problems. To schedule an appointment with us, call 423-279-1400 today.

By Tricities Gastroenterology
May 17, 2017
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Stomach Pains  

If you are dealing with regular stomach upset, find out what might be going on.stomach pain

Having an upset stomach every once in a while is just a part of life; however, if you have been dealing with regular stomach pains then it may be time to seek help. Our gastroenterologists, Dr. Jeffrey Fenyves and Dr. Stephen Fry at Tri-Cities Gastroenterology in Kingsport, TN, and serving the Tri-Cities area, are here to provide a little insight into what could be going on and when to pick up the phone and give them a call.

Lactose Intolerance

While you may not like to admit it, particularly if you are an ice cream lover, if you find that anytime you eat dairy you also experience an upset stomach then you could be suffering from lactose intolerance. One way to find out if this is the culprit is to avoid dairy for a couple weeks and see if your pains go away. Then start to incorporate cheese, milk and other dairy back into your diet to see if the pains return. If so, dairy might just be the problem.


Are you currently taking medications? Then this could be the cause of your sudden stomach irritation. Even minor over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen can be a bit rough on your stomach. Even prescription antibiotics can be a little too harsh for your stomach. If this is the case, talk to one of our Kingsport GI doctors about how to minimize stomach pains related to the medications you are taking.


This condition causes little pouches of inflammation with the intestines, particularly the colon. Some people may have this condition but never develop symptoms while others may experience cramping or other stomach pains. If you think you may have diverticulitis then we advise you to come into our office for a check up. We may recommend for you to increase your fiber intake, which can often be enough to improve your symptoms.


This is one that may be a little more difficult to pinpoint, but stress can have a negative effect on someone’s body, from headaches to poor sleep to even trouble with your stomach. If you have been diagnosed with depression you may also find that you suffer from digestive upset here and there. By finding ways to manage your stress you can also help manage your gastrointestinal symptoms.

Don’t let stomach problems plague you. If you are experiencing any symptoms that are disconcerting, then it’s time to place a call to Tri-Cities Gastroenterology in Kingsport, TN, and serving the Tri-Cities area.

By Tricities Gastroenterology
February 16, 2017
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Diarrhea  

There are several possible causes of diarrhea. For people with occasional, short-term cases of diarrhea, dietary factors are often the diarrheacause. In other cases, diarrhea can be caused by an infection or a medical condition. Diarrhea often goes away on its own within a few days. However, for serious cases in which diarrhea persists for a prolonged period of time, it is important to see a doctor. Dr. Jeffrey Fenyves and Dr. Stephen Fry, the gastroenterologists at Tri-Cities Gastroenterology, treat persistent diarrhea in the Tri-Cities area.

Causes of Diarrhea

For many individuals, dietary factors are usually to blame for the onset of diarrhea. For instance, foods that are spicy, fatty or fried can also cause diarrhea in some people. Dairy products, such as milk, eggs and cheese, can also cause diarrhea in individuals who are sensitive to the lactose in dairy. Other food items that can cause diarrhea include those containing gluten, sugar or caffeine. If you notice that certain foods often cause you to experience diarrhea after consuming them, try limiting or avoiding these foods in your diet.

Other possible causes of diarrhea include an infection or a specific medical condition. An infection could be the result of food poisoning or another illness with one of the symptoms being diarrhea. Medical conditions that are often associated with frequent cases of diarrhea include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease and hyperthyroidism. Some types of cancer can also cause diarrhea. Whether caused by an infection or a medical condition, the diarrhea is a symptom of a larger health problem and should be treated by a gastroenterologist.

How a Gastroenterologist Can Help

As mentioned, diarrhea that is caused by a medical condition or an infection should be treated by a doctor. Additionally, if you have had persistent diarrhea for several days or chronic diarrhea that comes back regularly, then you should see a doctor. It is also important to seek medical assistance if diarrhea occurs in conjunction with other serious symptoms, such as a high fever. See a doctor at Tri-Cities Gastroenterology if the diarrhea is accompanied by any of these other symptoms:

  • A high fever of 102 degrees or higher
  • Diarrhea that has persisted for three or more days straight
  • Dehydration — Characterized by a dry mouth, feeling dizzy or lightheaded and infrequent urination.
  • Severe pain in the abdomen or rectum
  • Bloody stools

There are several possible causes of diarrhea. Dietary causes can usually be managed by avoiding foods that are most likely to trigger it. For cases of diarrhea that are persistent, caused by an infection or associated with a medical condition, it is best to see a gastroenterologist for treatment. For treatment of diarrhea in the Tri-Cities area, contact Tri-Cities Gastroenterology to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fenyves or Dr. Fry by calling (423) 279-1400.

By Tricities Gastroenterology
April 10, 2014
Category: None
Tags: Untagged

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