About Charmaine Beleele

Author provides digestive health needs of Central Florida since 1988. Our practice specializes in colonoscopy for colorectal cancer screening, the treatment of reflux, hepatitis and the full spectrum of gastrointestinal (GI) illnesses.

Hepatitis C and Social Stigma: Challenges Beyond the Illness

2018-05-23T13:40:21+00:00 October 4th, 2017|

Did you know that Hepatitis C often causes a chronic viral infection called HVC?  Perhaps you are unaware that and it is the number 1 cause of most liver transplants?  About 150 million people around the world are living with chronic HCV, but many of them deliberately avoid either testing or treatment.  And yet, [...]

Liver Disease Awareness: A Wake-up Call

2018-05-23T13:40:54+00:00 September 24th, 2017|

Liver disease seems dark and mysterious, as does the organ itself.  At DDC Orlando, we have discovered that people seldom talk about their liver.  They might mention their heart, their brain or even their esophagus, but not the mysterious, misunderstood, neglected liver.  Maybe the general public is simply unaware of the importance of this [...]

Pillcam Colonoscopy: Swallowing a Mini-Camera for Your GI Tract

2018-05-23T13:41:27+00:00 September 13th, 2017|

The Pillcam colonoscopy is good news for many patients and gastroenterologists everywhere.  You might have already heard of the Pillcam.  And you might have scoffed, thinking this technology was surely some kind of futuristic medical science fiction.  No, it exists, and it’s available now. It is true that Pillcam is the common term for [...]

Replace Sigmoidoscopy with A Kinder, Gentler Colonoscopy

2018-05-23T13:41:58+00:00 August 31st, 2017|

At DDC Orlando a patient occasionally objects strongly to a colonoscopy.  "No, doctor, I prefer a sigmoidoscopy."  Our 48-year-old case study patient, Liz added, with anxiety, "My mom had both of those procedures.  And the sigmoidoscopy was so much easier.  With the colonoscopy, she woke up on the table with awful pain.  I’d rather [...]