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Digestive Health Specialists in Fargo

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Between the time food enters the mouth until it’s excreted from the body as waste, a lot can happen. The stomach, esophagus, pancreas, and liver all play an important role in the digestive process. In some cases, a change in digestion may be a slight response to a stressful situation, medication, or a new food. Certain symptoms can indicate there may be something more going on. At Altaire Clinic, our medical providers can meet with you to discuss your digestive health issues, examine you, and create a treatment plan based on our findings, that may include important lifestyle and dietary changes that can provide the relief from symptoms needed to improve your quality of life and overall well-being.


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Gastrointestinal Digestive Health Specialists

Good digestive health indicates the body’s ability to process nutrients through gastrointestinal organs that are functioning properly. When the gallbladder, pancreas, liver, intestine, and stomach aren’t functioning properly, you need to seek medical treatment as soon as possible to identify the underlying cause.

There are many factors that can impact gut health, such as how a patient’s body is built and their genetic history. There are other factors that can be controlled, such as diet and stress. A healthy gut has a good balance of bacteria that helps the body process food and get its energy from food.

Symptoms that indicate poor digestive health can include:

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Weight loss

If you experience bloating, gas, discomfort, heartburn diarrhea, or constipation often, this can indicate that your gut is having a difficult time processing food.

In many cases, diet triggers symptoms, especially when it comes to chronic complaints of bowel changes, acid reflux, bloating, or gas. Before starting medication, your medical provider may encourage you to make important diet changes. Aside from dietary changes, lifestyle changes may also be needed. This can include exercising regularly, limiting NSAID medications, and abstaining from alcohol and tobacco use.

Certain digestive health problems can require additional treatment. Some patients may require medication to treat issues such as constipation or reflux. Proper screenings, lab work, and other diagnostic services are necessary to diagnose and treat serious conditions, such as ulcerative colitis.

If you’re experiencing digestive tract distress, you must make an appointment with your medical provider at Altaire Clinic as soon as possible to have your symptoms evaluated. Our digestive health care services can identify and treat a wide range of issues, early on, to prevent serious complications.

Risk Factors. Living with Digestive Health Issues

Untreated digestive health issues can have serious consequences, including dehydration, malnutrition, and the build-up of toxins in the body. In serious cases, death can occur. Regular colonoscopy screenings, wellness exams, and other treatments can allow your medical provider to identify any serious health issues early on.

Health issues that can impact digestive health include:

  • Esophageal cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Stomach cancer

And other types of cancers.

Seeking treatment for digestive health issues can allow your medical provider to detect and treat serious underlying health conditions aggressively, early on.

Can Digestive Health Issues Be Cured?

In many cases, these issues are due to poor diet, unmanaged stress, and a lack of exercise. In other cases, treatment may require medication. Certain digestive issues cannot be cured, but the symptoms can be effectively managed with ongoing supervised treatment from your medical provider.

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What to Expect at Your Visit

At the start of your visit you can expect your medical provider to ask you detailed questions regarding your condition, symptoms, and medical history, such as a family history of colon cancer or irritable bowel syndrome. To accurately diagnose your condition and provide appropriate treatment, you must answer these questions honestly.

After discussing your condition, your medical provider will conduct an exam, which may include:

  • Checking the abdomen for any signs of abnormalities, such as bulges and visible masses
  • Your medical provider will listen to each abdominal quadrant for bowel sounds and take note of the intensity, pitch, and duration of the
  • sounds.
  • Palpation in the belly area to feel for tenderness or masses.
  • Additional diagnostic tests to rule out other possible conditions.


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Cost of Treatment / Insurance

At Altaire Clinic, we accept the following insurance providers: 

  • Aetna
  • BCBS of MN
  • BCBS of ND
  • Cigna
  • Health Partners
  • Humana
  • Medica
  • Medicare
  • ND Medicaid
  • Preferred One
  • Sanford
  • Tricare/Health Net Federal Services
  • United Health Care
  • VA PC3 (Optum)

For insurance questions, please contact us.



Why Choose Altaire Clinic

Digestive health issues can be very challenging and may impact your quality of life. At Altaire Clinic, our quality patient care focuses on your needs and wellness goals. Whatever your needs, the medical providers at Altaire Clinic can provide quality care to relieve and manage your symptoms and help you start on your path to total wellness.

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Make an Appointment for a Health Consult

To prevent serious complications from digestive health conditions, early diagnosis and treatment is crucial. If you believe you’re experiencing digestive health issues, contact us today at (701) 809-9369, or book an appointment online with your medical provider. At Altaire Clinic, we want to help you achieve your health goals by providing quality care that will treat and help you manage your condition to keep you feeling your best.


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Common Questions About Digestive Health

What is Best Treatment for Digestive Health Issues?

Avoid artificial sweeteners, Quit smoking, Avoid chewing gum, Exercise regularly, Limit fatty foods

What are the 5 Diseases of the Digestive System?

IBD, IBS, Diverticulitis, Celiac disease, GERD

What are Signs of Digestive Problems?

Vomiting, Nausea, Pain, Heartburn, Diarrhea, Constipation, Bloating, Bleeding

What Issues Could Cause Digestive Problems?

Stress, Not getting enough exercise, Changes in routine or traveling, Lack of fiber, High dairy intake, Hemorrhoids

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We encourage you to book a consultation, so one of our providers can personally discuss your needs and recommend the procedures best suited to your lifestyle. Contact us by phone or use the convenient form below so you can reach your ultimate health, wellness, & beauty goals.