Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Asthma is a constriction of the airways which makes it difficult to breathe. Asthma can be triggered by allergies, especially to airborne substances such as pollen. Allergy-triggered asthma can be prevented and treated by addressing the allergy as well as the asthma symptoms.
Immunology is the study of the human immune system, and the field of medicine that treats diseases of the immune system. Our immune system is what helps our body fight diseases naturally.
- Allergy Testing
- Antibiotic Desensitization
- Allergy Desensitization Shots
- Anaphylaxis Evaluation
- Immunoglobulin Deficiency Evaluations
- Food Allergies
- Recurrent Hives
- Stinging insect allergy
Dermatology is the branch of medicine dealing with the skin and its diseases, a unique specialty with both medical and surgical aspects. A dermatologist takes care of diseases, in the widest sense, and some cosmetic problems of the skin, scalp, hair, and nails.
Our cosmetic dermatologists have been leaders in the field of cosmetic surgery. Some have completed fellowships in surgical dermatology. Many are trained in their residency on the use of botox, fillers, and laser surgery. While most dermatologists limit their cosmetic practice to minimally invasive procedures, practitioners at The Baton Rouge Clinic offer a full spectrum of services.
- Cosmetic Services
- Soft tissue fillers – Juvederm/Restylane
- Glycolic Peels
- Laser Hair Reduction
- Intense Pulse Light(IPL)for Photo Rejuvenation
- Rosacea Therapy
- Removal and Treatment of Skin Cancer
- Examination and treatment of skin conditions
- Acne Therapy
- Persistent and acute rashes
- Medical Grade Skin Care Products – Obagi, MD Forte
Endocrinology is a sub-specialty within the field of internal medicine. Endocrinologists diagnose and treat diseases associated with internal glandular secretions or hormones. Included in this field are diseases of diabetes, the thyroid, cholesterol disorders, hypertension, osteoporosis, adrenal and pituitary glands, hormonal disorders causing infertility, low blood sugar, lack of development and low blood pressure and weight problems.
Services provided include consultations, diagnostic evaluation, follow-up, hormone testings, provocative tests for hormone reserve, thyroid biopsy, nutritional evaluation and counseling.
- Accredited Diabetic Education Program
- Registered Dietitians
- Certified Diabetic Nurse Educators
- 24 hour Glucose Monitoring
- Management of Insulin Pumps
- Insulin administration classes
- Obesity evaluations
- Pediatric Delayed height development
- Pediatric Diabetic Management
- Osteoporosis evaluation and bone loss management
- Fine needle aspirate of thyroid - palpable or ultrasound guided
Gastroenterology is a branch of medicine that concentrates on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases involving the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and large intestine (colon), liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. Each member of this department is board certified in Internal Medicine and in the subspecialty of Internal Medicine. Frequently, a Gastroenterologist is called in cases of abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, or change in bowel habits when the diagnosis is unclear or where specialized diagnostic procedures are necessary.
Special procedures called endoscopy are performed by our doctors for either diagnostic and/or screening purposes. Gastroscopes are used to study diseases of the upper GI system and colonoscopy is limited to the lower bowel and at times the very last portion of the small bowel, called the ilium. For difficult to diagnose problems of the small bowel, our specialists have new technology that allows you to swallow a capsule that then transmits and records images of the small bowel that can then be studied.
Colon cancer prevention screening is recommended for at risk individuals (based upon family history) by age 45 or ten years prior to the age of discovery of colon cancer in a first order relative, but no later than age 50. Routine screening is recommended for individuals without a colon cancer history starting at age 50 and then repeated every 10 years, provided that there have been no polyps identified. If you have a history of polyps then your screening itervals will vary annd shhould be discuussed with your doctor.
- Diagnostic Colonoscopy
- Colonoscopic Colon Polyp Removal
- Gastroscopic Stomach Evaluation
- Gastroscopic Pancreatic Evaluations
- Hepatic (liver) disorders
Geriatric medicine offers a unique approach to primary healthcare focused on the needs of seniors. The primary focus of this specialty is to maximize our patient’s functional abilities, while attempting to maximize opportunities of independent living as one ages. Falls and taking medications incorrectly by patients are the two greatest risk factors that can steal independence from an individual.
Our goal is to keep people in their home environments as much as possible and when safe. This means avoiding unnecessary hospitalizations; recommending physical therapy for fall prevention should a person have instability when walking or standing or even if there is difficulty with just standing up from a chair, and finally, helping to establish care plans to reduce medication administration errors and drug-drug interactions.
Geriatricians are specialized in helping to assess and balance quality of life issues with the risks of any possible tests or treatments. Some tests can be quite uncomfortable and pose their own unique risks and complications for older individuals, such that the risk of some advanced tests or procedures may actually exceed the value of the information obtained or the outcome desired. Our geriatric physicians carefully assess each person in order to recognize the special needs of older adults. By listening to each of our patient’s complaints, your physician can recognize subtle details that can indicate a greater problem.
The older population, more than any other group of patients, needs to know that we, their doctors, are there for them at all times.
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Our board certified physicans are trained to diagnose and treat patients with disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system. This includes the muscles, brain, nerves, spinal cord, and bony spine conditions, such as disc disease and degenerative back disorders.
A neurologist also treats stroke patients, patients with seizure disorders and headache disorders. In their treatment of multiple sclerosis our neurologists utilize the latest medications that have been found to be helpful in stabilizing this disorder. EEG or brain wave tests are performed on site as are nerve and muscle conduction tests. Some of our physicians are trained to manage pain pumps and to use agents like Botox to treat spastic muscles that can occur after a stroke or due to cerebral palsy.
- Baclofen Pump (Spasticity)
- Botox Injections for Migraine Management
- Brain Wave Study (EEG)
- Nerve Conduction Studies (ENG)
- Muscle Conduction Studies (EMG)
- Botox for muscle spasticity
- Botox treatment of muscle contraction headache
- Deep Brain Stimulators for Parkinsonism
- Dementia Management Program
Pulmonology Medicine / Critical Care
The field of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine is a dynamic area with continuing advances being made in discovering disease mechanisms and treatment. Our division treats patients with all types of pulmonary and respiratory system diseases, including obstructive and restrictive lung diseases, respiratory failure, sleep-related breathing disorders, lung cancer, occupational lung disease.
Division members evaluate patients who may be candidates for lung transplants and lung volume reduction surgery. New advances in pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine are utilized in the excellent patient care provided by the division members of The Baton Rouge Clinic.
- Sleep Study Evaluations
- Lung Function Studies
- Spirometry without & with airway dilators
- Diffusion capacity (a test to evaluate oxygen transfer efficiency of the lungs)
- Occupational Lung Diseases
- Interstitial Lung Disease
- Chronic Cough Evaluation
- Sleep Disorder Evaluations
- Asthma/COPD Management & Evaluation
- Smoking cessation
- Endobronchial stinting for malignancies
- Intensive Care Management
- Ventilator Mangement
Rheumatology: Each Baton Clinic Rheumatologist is board certiffied in their subspecialty. Our rheumatologists diagnose and focus on non-surgical treatment of arthritis and related rheumatic diseases, such as Lupus, Rheuatoid arthritis, gout, fibromyalgia and other disorders of the joints and connective tissues of the body.
Some of our rheumatologists, with the direct referral from one of our pediatricians, can help diagnose and treat children with rheumatic diseases.
- Evaluation and care for all types of Arthritis
- Advanced Biological Therapy for Connective Tissue Disorders (i.e., Remicade, Enbrel, Humira, etc.)
- Joint and Tendon Sheath Steroid Injections
- Joint Aspiration
- Visco-supplement (i.e. synvisc injections) (Artificial Joint Fluid)
- Carpal Tunnel Injections
- Osteoporosis evaluation and management
Sleep medicine is a subspecialty devoted to the diagnosis and therapy of sleep disturbances and disorders. At the Baton Rouge Clinic, physicians with board certification in pulmonary medicine supervise all patient care.
Sleep Disorders: Our objective is to relieve conditions that prevent adults from getting the nighttime rest they need to be their best during the day. Our clinical team frequently works with patients who suffer with issues related to snoring, daytime sleepiness and fatigue, insomnia, abnormal sleep-wake rhythm, sleep-walking, frequent nightmares and nocturnal confusion narcolepsy and other disorders of daytime sleepiness among others.
Treatments: Once the condition has been diagnosed, most sleep-wake disorders can be treated effectively. Accurate diagnosis relies on a thorough assessment of both the patient’s physical and emotional health. Fortunately, many patients can improve the quality of their lives with only a modification of sleep schedule. For others, the best solution may lie involve breathing assistive devices (CPAP), medication, psychotherapy. Occasionally, surgery may be necessary to relieve severe breathing problems disturbing sleep.
- Evaluation of Sleep Disorders
- Sleep Apnea
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Sleep Dystonia
The field of travel medicine (also known as emporiatrics) deals with the prevention and management of health issues specific to international travelers.
Local world travelers rely on our travel medicine professionals to provide information about pre-trip prevention such as vaccinations; health concerns related to post-trip repatriation; wilderness medicine including addressing the potential for high-altitude, sea sickness and other trip-specific concerns.
This expertise is essential in anticipating the health needs of travelers based on their itineraries, activities and environment, which can range from cruise ships and diving excursions to mass gatherings (such as the Hajj) and wilderness or remote expeditions.
- Foreign travel vaccine recommendations
- Vaccine administration