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Dr. Vivek Huilgol

Gastroenterology
New Orleans, LA
36 years experience male

About

Bio

Aussie-born. Lived everywhere. Based in the USA. Good GI doc. Well-trained, at least. Any failures are all mine. Natural leader. Inventor. Father of twins. Bad trumpet player. Wicked sense of humor. Really - what else matters?

Specialties
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Gastroenterology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

341 Answers
801 Agrees
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Varies tremendously : India was not one country until after wwii. It was a series of principalities and kingdoms- each with their own language and customs - including, of c... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
What is the ?: Cirrhosis represents scarring of the liver. It is usefully classified as child's (or child-pugh) class a, b or c. This has nothing to do with hep c as... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Weak anus : Everybody farts. 14x/day according to one expert! with age, weakness of anus leads to more ready passage of flats with more minor increase in intra-ab... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Use cholestyramine: Diarrhea after gb removal can reflect 'bile salt' diarrhea. Cholestyramine binds the bile and relives the diarrhea. Use standard seize but build gradu... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Vaseline. Warm bath.: Lube the anus with vaseline. With your finger. Then sit in a warm bath and try to push it out. Have a shower afterwards - you will feel cleaner. Then ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Yes. : Acute means "short term". Chronic means "long term". Wait long enough and if something doesn't get better, acute becomes chronic. Over what period of ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Change bowel habit..: Warrants investigation. Perhaps colonoscopy. Perhaps a review looking at meds or other reasons for the change in pattern. See md.
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Sure. : I wouldn't use it after eating or drinking...Probably leave at least 4 hours interval.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Mid-cycle: If the first day of your period is "day 1" then tpyically you ovulate around day 14 (9 days after period over) and 14 days before next one. These are ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Fiber, h2o, exercise: The correct combination of these well be effective...
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Hmmm.: This sounds quite worrying to me. If your abdomen is bloated, you may have fluid (ascites) within. Seek attention asap.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Yes: It does depend on what type of hepatitis b you have, whether you were born with it or acquired it as a child versus as an adult. There are many factor... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
NO: Acidophilus is a bacterium and yeast is a fungus.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
No: There is no relationship between inguinal hernias and the rectum. Veryu large hernias that have been ignored for many decades sometimes get so bi that... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Cold water…: after washing your face with soap and warm water and gently scrubbing, dry your face and then use witch hazel on some cotton make up remover pads to c... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Infected!: It sure sounds as though it is Infected... See someone. Get assessed and treated.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
See doctor: Unless you're deliberately sabotaging your health, there is a potentially serious problem. Get checked out now.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Yes: Don't eat foods that sound disgusting. If the thought of eating it makes you question your judgment...Then don't eat it. What kind of a question is th... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Sure: But watch it... The adage you're eating for two should be tempered by the fact that too much weight gain places you and baby at risk for significant ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Several things: It could be celiac disease. It might be inflamed from NSAID use. There are other causes too. You've had an endoscopy to reach this conclusion i presum... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Abdomen: The approximately 20 feet of small intestine is coiled up in your abdomen (belly). It starts at the end of your stomach (the actual organ is not the s... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Probably not: Not a great idea - calories, high fructose, etc. But not likely to cause diarrhea per se...
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Yes - usually: Unless severe symptoms. But you may wish to defer as drinking the prep when you already feel unwell might be extra hard...
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Perhaps: Not diverticulitis by itself but an abscess could impinge on various nerves that run through the pelvis and there is at least one nerve that could be ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Yes: And last month's period sounds atypical. Go to pharmacy and pick up a urine preg test (upt) - they're really quite accurate these days.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Nonspecific : The symptoms you describe are too nonspecific. Amylase and lipase levels rarely correlate with pancreatic cancer. You're very young to have pancreatic... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
So many SEs: Zoladex (goserelin) is associated with so many potential ses it is difficult to know how to answer this generic question. Who prescribed it for you an... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Can't tell: Not enough info. But "if pain persists, seek medical care" - in person not over the web. Good luck.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Excess water bad too: 1. You may have an umbilical herna -get examined. 2. Unless you're working outdoors you are likely drinking too much water - which is also bad for yo... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Twins? Triplets?: Usually there is no visible bump until about 12 weeks or more... Or something else going on other than the pregnancy?
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Structured approach: This can be a vexing problem. Try and keep a diary of when it occurs and what you've eaten. Could it be medication - including over the counter vitami... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
No. : Blood in your stools does not relate to booze. But (a) if you're drinking that hard that needs attention in its own right and (b) bloody stools always... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Pain needs an answer: In general, unexplained pain warrants an explanation, ie a diagnosis. Seek help from an internist, GI or surgeon, depending on severity.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
A long list: Ranging from their bad eating habits to actual illnesses.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Fat. : Choose a low weight - maybe 3 or 5 lbs -and do some exercises. For several weeks, every day. At least you'll aquire some tone. Then if your arms are s... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Possibly: Some of the supplements have quite a bit of fiber ( a good thing). Of course, vigorous exercise usually promotes a healthy bowel habit, too.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Swallowing air: Stress can lead to more air swallowing. Usually leads to belching. But can cause distinction and discomfort too.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
No: If you believe you've found an enlarged hard lymph node, please see a doctor and get it looked at.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Bring stool to MD: Save a sample of this liquid stool in a clean sealed jar and bring to your md's office to test. You've likely aquired an infection...
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
No : It would be very expensive (for society and you) to go to a specialist physician for one evening's discomfort. If this persists, see a primary care do... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Water source?: Consider the possibility of water contaminated by giardia. If you're drinking from well or 'natural' water sources, that is.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
No. : Pale stools suggests failure to absorb fat... This can be a sign of serious problems. Please seek attention from an actual doctor. You may need to see... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
No: "pigging out" sounds as though you know the source of your problems already. Gastroenteritis implies infection.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Yes but: Its usually better with a whole person...
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Yes. Serious?: Pantoprazole (protonix) has been linked to arthralgias (joint pains) and rarely to blood dyscrasias (abnormalities), liver disease etc this might be s... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Rarely: For the most part i agree with dr vinson but in patients with advanced liver disease constipation is to be avoided. The mechanisms involved are comple... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Forever?: Approximately 15-25% of patients with hepatitis C infection are able - through unknown mechanisms - to clear the virus through their own immune syste... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Barium swallow SEs: Side-effects: 1. Bad taste 2. Subsequently binds you up (unless rigorous attempts made to expel it over the next few days) 3. Radiation dose...
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Many liver biopsies: It depends on the context (diagnoiss, treatment, management). It depends on the definition of many. One measurement (of just about anything) does not... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Dangerous idea: By 'unsure' i assume you've got bleeding. Never attribute bleeding to hemorrhoids. You must be evaluated for the source of bleeding. Also even people ... Read More

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Oct 2, 2013
Knowledgeable and caring expert. Highly recommend.
Sep 16, 2013
Thanks for your contribution at Health Tap
Sep 15, 2013
Thanks for your valuable contributions
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That was a little rude, but I figured maybe a DOCTOR has heard about this problem before. Thanks anyways. Start being kind.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Can gastroparesis occur in unexpected episodes and then passing test
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Happy to hear that you use this with good results on your five y.o.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

The Flinders University of South Australia, Australia
Graduated 1986MD

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, New Orleans Region, LA - Summer
2013
Most Influential, First Place, New Orleans Region, LA - Summer
2013
Thought Leader, Third Place, Louisiana - Summer
2013

Affiliations

AASLD American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
ACG American College of Gastroenterology
ASGE American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
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