Gastroenterology: Ask Dr. Mattar

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Mark Mattar, MD is a board certified internist and gastroenterologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of GI ailments including Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome and colon cancer. In addition to standard GI procedures like colonoscopies, Dr. Mattar also performs Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) or fecal transplant in patients with Clostridium difficile or C. diff.
Watch this video to meet Dr. Mattar and to get the answers to the questions he says patients ask him the most. Click on “show more” below to reveal the full list of questions. Clicking on a question will take you directly to the answer. To make an appointment with Dr. Mattar or someone on the GI team, call 202-295-0570.

00:00 Meet Dr. Mattar
2:16 What is inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and how do I know if I have it?
2:52 What is the difference between IBD, Crohn’s disease and colitis?
3:55 Is there anything I can do to prevent Crohn’s or colitis?
4:35 What are the standard treatment options for patients with IBD?
5:00 Are there alternative or complimentary treatments for Crohn’s and colitis?
5:45 Can exercise be beneficial for someone with Crohn’s or colitis?
6:12 If standard therapies and lifestyle modifications don’t work, what are the options?
7:00 What is Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT)?
7:20 How well does a fecal transplant work in people with Clostridium difficile or C. diff?
7:55 Does a fecal transplant work for people with IBD?
8:40 How is a fecal transplant performed?
9:23 If my doctor doesn’t treat C. diff with FMT, how can I find someone who does?
9:44 How do I know if I need an FMT for C. diff?
10:15 Why am I treating a disease caused by antibiotics with antibiotics?
11:02 Who should be screened for colon cancer?
11:27 Who should get screened at a younger age for colon cancer?
11:52 When should I be screened if I’ve had a parent with colon cancer?
12:20 Why are we seeing people in their twenties with no family history being diagnosed with colon cancer?
13:00 What symptoms could mean asking for a colonoscopy regardless of my age?
13:32 What if I feel my concerns about colon cancer are being dismissed because I am “too young?”
14:00 Why do you think young patients’ colon cancer symptoms are sometimes overlooked?