Benjamin Basseri, MD -  - Gastroenterologist

Benjamin Basseri, MD

Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist located in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Specialist

About 15 percent of the U.S. population is affected by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Dr. Basseri is experienced in treating IBS in patients throughout the Los Angeles, CA, area, offering the most advanced care options to help patients manage their symptoms and reduce or eliminate daily discomfort.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Q & A

by Benjamin Basseri, MD

What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common, chronic disorder that affects the colon, or large intestine, causing symptoms like gas and bloating, abdominal pain and cramping, diarrhea or constipation (and often both) and mucus in the stool. Not everyone will have the same symptoms. Unlike inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), IBS does not cause changes in the lining of the bowel, nor does it increase the risk of developing colon cancer.

What causes irritable bowel syndrome?

The specific cause of IBS is not known, but researchers do know the bowel contractions in people with IBS are different compared to those of people who don't have the disorder. Other studies have suggested abnormalities in nerve pathways that serve the gastrointestinal tract may also play a role in IBS. When the signals along these pathways are disrupted or don't flow normally, nerves can overreact to normal signals and motions, resulting in pain and diarrhea or constipation.

Are some people more at risk for IBS than others?

IBS has been associated with several risk factors, including:

  • younger age (under age 45)

  • female gender

  • chronic anxiety or depression

  • family history of IBS

Family history of IBS may be related to genetic factors, or it may be due to environmental exposures that are common to multiple family members.

How is IBS treated?

There is no single cure for IBS. Instead, treatment focuses on lifestyle changes to help avoid foods and other potential triggers like chronic stress that can cause symptoms to occur. Being more physically active on a regular basis, getting enough rest and drinking lots of fluids may also help. When lifestyle changes aren't enough, medications may be prescribed. These can include fiber supplements, diarrhea medication, antidepressants, antispasmodic medications or medications specifically developed for IBS.

Insurance Plans Accepted

For your convenience, we've created a short list of the providers we accept. If you do not see your insurance provider listed on our site, please call our office to confirm coverage.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross of California
Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Shield
Blue Shield of California
Medicare
Motion Picture Industry Health Plan
Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    “He is one of the best doctors I've ever dealt with, and I would highly recommend him to anyone who is having GI issues. Thank you Dr. Basseri!”

    Robbie R.
  • Vitals

    "Clear, concise explanation of procedure and risks. He made sure I was comfortable with how we were to proceed and that all questions were answered. Top-notch."

    Patient
  • Yelp

    "I've seen Dr. Basseri for approximately a year now and I must say that he is the best, friendliest, honest, and trustworthy doctor I have ever seen."

    John D.
  • Yelp

    "Dr. Basseri is a great diagnostician with great compassion. He took time to speak with me and discuss my diagnosis. Very skilled and talented."

    Steven L.
  • Vitals

    "I was impressed by Dr. Basseri's professionalism. He knows how to listen. That's the most important skill for a good doctor."

    Patient
  • Yelp

    "This man and his knowledge changed my life. I got my life back. Words cannot express my gratitude!!! Go see this man if you have any GI troubles. He's a true healer."

    Cara A.
Location
Benjamin Basseri, MD
8631 W 3rd St, Suite 1015E
Beverly Hills

Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: 424-206-5002
Fax: 310-358-2266
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424-206-5002