Kumkum Patel MD, MPH

Board-certified Gastroenterologist.

IBS and Motility Specialist

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Gut Health Expert + TV/Media Correspondent + Medical Contributor + Public Speaker

Dr. Kumkum Patel is a board-certified gastroenterologist who treats patients with IBS, swallowing and anorectal disorders. She is a frequent TV medical contributor and has been featured on NBC California Live, CBS8, PIX11 News. Her medical opinions on a variety of gut health subjects have been featured in Good Houskeeping, Authority Magazine, and Popsugar Wellness, and Buzzfeed. Book an appointment with Dr. Patel today

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Dr. Patel's Services

EGD

Dr. Patel will gently guide a slender tube known as an endoscope through your mouth to explore your esophagus, stomach, and small intestine. A tiny camera at the end of the endoscope captures vivid images, offering an unparalleled look into the health of your upper digestive system.

This thorough examination is recommended for individuals experiencing persistent heartburn, difficulty swallowing, or unexplained abdominal pain.

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Colonoscopy

Prepare for a reassuring journey with Dr. Patel as she introduces a flexible colonoscope through your rectum into your colon. Equipped with a tiny camera, this tool provides a meticulous examination of your colon's interior, detecting any irregularities and ensuring a comprehensive assessment of your digestive well-being.
This comprehensive screening is essential for anyone aged 45 and older, as well as those with a family history of colorectal issues, to detect and prevent colorectal cancer, polyps, and other gastrointestinal concerns.

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Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

Flexible sigmoidoscopy

Imagine a gentle exploration of the lower part of your colon – that's what flexible sigmoidoscopy feels like! Dr. Patel uses a flexible tube with a camera to examine this specific region, offering valuable insights into your lower gastrointestinal health.
This procedure is recommended for individuals experiencing changes in bowel habits, rectal bleeding, or unexplained abdominal discomfort, offering a focused evaluation of the lower gastrointestinal tract.

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Video Capsule Endoscopy

video capsule endoscopy

Get ready for a state-of-the-art adventure! Dr. Patel will have you swallow a small capsule with a camera inside. This tiny traveler captures vibrant images of your small intestine, providing a unique perspective on areas that are hard to reach with other procedures.

Video capsule endoscopy is recommended for those with unexplained gastrointestinal bleeding, iron deficiency anemia, or suspected small bowel disorders.

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Ph-Bravo Testing

ph-Bravo testing

Experience the precision of Ph-Bravo testing with Dr. Patel! This procedure involves a small device placed in your esophagus to measure acidity levels. It's a simple yet effective way to diagnose acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This test can give us an idea if the GERD symptoms are truly due to excess acid or due to hypersensitive nerves and providing valuable information for tailored treatment plans and lifestyle adjustments.

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Esophageal Manometry

Esophageal manometry

Hop on the esophageal express with us! During this test, a thin tube is inserted through your nose or mouth into your esophagus to measure muscle contractions. It's like having a detailed map of your esophageal function, ensuring a smooth journey for your food.

It provides essential insights into the function of your esophagus, aiding in the diagnosis and management of conditions such as achalasia and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This test is recommended for those experiencing swallowing difficulties or persistent heartburn.

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Anorectal Manometry

Anorectal Manometry

Let's ensure your rectum is in top shape! Dr. Patel will use a small, flexible tube to measure muscle function in the rectum and anus. It's a straightforward procedure that ensures your bowel control is working seamlessly for your comfort and confidence.

This test is recommended for individuals with symptoms of fecal incontinence, chronic constipation, or pelvic floor dysfunction, providing crucial information for personalized treatment plans.

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Common GI diseases

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common digestive disorder that affects the colon, the last organ in your digestive system. It is characterized by symptoms like abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation.

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GERD

GERD

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a digestive disorder where stomach acid and other stomach contents frequently flows back into the esophagus. This backwash of acid can irritate the lining of your esophagus, causing symptoms such as heartburn, chest pain, difficulty swallowing, and a sour taste in your mouth.

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Constipation

Constipation

Constipation is a common digestive issue characterized by infrequent bowel movements or difficulty passing stools. It can be caused by factors such as a low-fiber diet, dehydration, lack of physical activity, certain medications, or underlying medical conditions.

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Diarrhea

Diarrhea is a common digestive condition characterized by frequent, loose, or watery stools. It can be caused by various factors, including infections, food intolerances, medications, and underlying health conditions. Symptoms of diarrhea can include abdominal cramps, bloating, nausea, and urgency to have a bowel movement.

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Dysphagia

Dysphagia

Dysphagia is a condition characterized by difficulty swallowing. It can happen at any age but is more common in older adults. Dysphagia can be caused by various factors, including neurological disorders, muscular disorders, esophageal disorders, or structural issues in the throat or esophagus.

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Pelvic floor dysfunction

Pelvic floor dysfunction

Pelvic floor dysfunction refers to a condition where the muscles of the pelvic floor are weakened, tight, or have impaired coordination. This can lead to symptoms such as pelvic pain, difficulty with bowel movements or urination, and sexual dysfunction. 

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Dr. Patel's Outside Engagements

Speaking & Media

Dr. Patel is available for press, media opportunities, and speaking engagements.
Dr. Patel speaks on Gut health, IBS, pelvic floor disorders, mental health, burnout, post-partum depression, IVF and Infertility, personal branding, and women’s empowerment.

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Equity and Levity Summit

Co-founded by Dr. Kumkum Patel and Dr. Melanie Santos, the Equity and Levity Summit was held in September 2022 and provided education, information, and networking opportunities to encourage women in healthcare to advance both professionally and personally.

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