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Dr. Michael Brooks

Gastroenterology
Newark, DE
31 years experience male

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Newark, DE

Address

2600 glasgow ave, ste 106, Newark, DE
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Board Certified in Gastroenterology "Top Doctor" award by Delaware Today Magazine

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Gastroenterology

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English

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59 Answers
8 Agrees
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Overall yes but: Any surgical procedure, ideally , should wait until after the baby is born. Surgery, even simple surgery, carries risks to both the mom and fetus. Ho... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Surgeon: After a thorough eval by your primary care doc , a general or vascular surgeon would be the type of doctor that would deal with this ( if conservative... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Multiple possibiliti: One night of nausea and vomiting is usually not too serious as long as the child can keep down fluids. He needs to stay hydrated-- very important. I... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
No: A gluten allergy is made worse by eating bread ie pizza crust. Blood tests and endoscopic tests are used to determine if one is gluten-allergic (celi... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Controversial: A few studies have shown that calcium and magnesium absorption may be affected by long term Nexium (esomeprazole) (ppi) use. One must weigh the risks... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Yes: Your pancreas functions normally, it is just that the ducts or tubes leaving the pancreas are i a bit different location than normal . This can lead ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Depends: Most patients infected with hepatitisb will resolve the infection on their own without medical intervention. However, some patients do not. It is very... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Get pro help: It sounds like you may have an eating disorder. This would be best treated by a psychologist or psychiatrist who specializes in eating disorders. Do n... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Probably not: Globus sensation can be caused by several different possibilities. Gastroesophageal reflux is a common cause , however, h pylori gastritis is not. ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Nexium (esomeprazole): Proton pump inhibitors (ie Nexium (esomeprazole) among others) are potent medications that nicely reduce stomach acid. H2 blocker (ie zantac) are als... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Reaction: May just have been a reaction to the medications. There should be no long lasting effects as the medicines get out of your body quickly. I would not c... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
GI workup needed: Many possibilities from peptic ulcer disease to gallbladder disease to ibs and others. Full GI work up needed.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Separate issues: If you have a "bad appendix and liver" then you should take appropriate actions to help yourself and smoking weed is not one of the things that you sh... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Not GI-related: Frontal headaches (above you eyes) are not related to any of the conditions you have , ie diverticulosis, peptic ulcers or low gall bladder ejection ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Not usually: C diff infection in the colon causes diarrhea, abd pains, occasional rectal bleeding and occasional fever. Constipation is not generally seen in pati... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Not identical: There are very similar to each other and the end result is that both will help increase frequency of bowel movements and soften the stools.
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Should be fine: Ct-guided biopsies are ok in patients with icd's. Cardiac clearance is warranted before undergoing invasive procedures though.
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Multiple possibiliti: Several different possibilities exist including gallbladder problems, constipation, hernias, or small intestinal problems. Less likely serious colon ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Multiple possibiliti: Not sure what exactly you mean by "trouble eating" but a more detailed exam is an egd (scope that is passed into the stomach while you are asleep) an ... Read More
A 74-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Unlikely: Pepto and Asacol (mesalamine) , if taken together, should not cause any issues . You shouldn't need both together though
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Consevatively: You may have irritated the back of your throat (pharynx) during the vomiting episode. Acid from your stomach can irritate and burn which can feel lik... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Why the question now: Not sure why you chose to wait 2 1/2 years to ask this but the answer is likely that you suffered from hemorrhoids or an anal fissure- both of which... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Probably nothing: It's probably nothing to be concerned about as long the stool normalizes . Likely something you ate.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Perhaps: Rectal bleeding should always be initially evaluated by a doctor. Yes it is certainly possible that it is hemorrhoids ( eat plenty of fiber daily) but... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Lumps ?: The best way to see if there is a problem within the colon is with a colonoscopy. At your age tumors of the colon are rare but if something is growing... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Time heals: As with any surgery there will be a short period of normal post operative pain. Take the prescribed medicines and follow the instructions and the pai... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
GERD: Gerd, or acid reflux, can be triggered by many different things. A healthy change in your diet would likely not cause this to occur, although it is p... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
No: As long as your baby is growing and gaining weight normally i would not worry about the color of her stool ( unless you note blood in the stool).
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Hopefully not: Not a typical complication but if the pain occurs always with ejaculation and you have pain at the incision site then you may need to see a urologist ... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
A formal evaluation: It is probably just something you are eating but to be on the safe side i would have a complete physical exam and perhaps blood tests and stool test ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Don't panic: Mucous is made by the colon and sometimes means that the colon is inflamed or irritable. I would get checked out by your doctor or a gastroenterologi... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) or generic: In my opinion , taking 3 doses of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) ( 1 cap in 8 oz water) separated by 20 min each should get you going within a few ho... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Need more specifics: Fatty liver can progress to the more serious NASH with progressive inflammation and scarring (fibrosis). Without the exact biopsy details is is imposs... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Not really: Much depends on your liver enzymes. If they are normal then you should be fine with pizza once per week. If your liver enzymes are elevated further ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Depends: There are many types of hepatitis and all forms of can be fatal but fortunately most patients recover quite well. With respect to hepatitis c most pa... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Fiber/fluids: More than likely, given your age, you suffer from chronic constipation or irritable bowel syndrome-constipation predominant. I would start by increas... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Yes: Yes you can but not to be taken more than a couple of times per day. The better option is finding out the root cause for your nausea and correcting t... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Stool softeners: Prescription opiates frequently cause constipation. Fortunately, gentle over the counter laxatives such as milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) alo... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Yes: Hot dogs are generally high in fat which will further delay your stomach emptying. Try a piece of turkey instead.
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Get checked out: At your age i would not just assume your bleeding is from hemorrhoids. Other problems need to be ruled out. See a gastroenterologist and get an exam... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Liver infection: Hepatitis b is an infection that targets the liver. It is usually transmitted by sharing needles when using drugs or unprotected sex. Chronic hepatiti... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Many possibilities: Simply, an elevated SGPT suggests inflammation in your liver. Several other blood tests are needed to fully assess the status of your liver. I would ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Not likely: Motillium is not likely the source for your elevation of alt levels. Many other possibilities should be considered first likely chronic viral hepatit... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Just wait it out: Often it can take more than 1-2 weeks to feel completely normal after an bad intestinal infection. Probiotics , in my opinion, can help feel better ... Read More
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Probably not: I would certainly get evaluated again by a gastroenterologist, and hopefully start with the new medication combination of sovaldi, Ribavirin and peg-i... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
No: Simple cysts are almost always benign and are quite common in the kidney and liver. No treatment or biopsy needs to be done unless the cyst is very la... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Possible: Ibs symptoms may be exacerbated following a c diff infection . Typically , after eradication of c diff with appropriate treatment, ibs symptoms will ... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
It depends: If you are doing well, gaining weight and otherwise healthy then reasonable exercise is fine. If you are still quite ill and weak , however, then i w... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
No: Colonics are simply used to flush the colon of stool. These are not advised and have resulted in significant injuries . A "flat stomach" is accompl... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Brooks
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Probably nothing: Just make sure you do not have a fever or abdominal tenderness. It may just be that you drank a cold beverage. If you have a fever or tenderness the... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Brooks is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Brooks is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! thank you so much doc...hope to hear more opinions from you doc...
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Medical College of Pennsylvania, PA
Graduated 1991MD

Awards

"Top Doc " award, Delaware Today Magazine 2010
Top Gastroenterologist , First Place, Delaware - Summer
2013
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