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The term dysphagia is what gastroenterologists use to describe difficulty in swallowing. The medical term is used to cover all stages of the swallowing mechanism, from starting to swallow in the mouth to the feeling of food being stuck in the throat. If you suffer from dysphagia, the condition likely stems from an abnormality in the nerves or muscles in the mouth, throat or esophagus.

Different tests are performed to determine the type of dysphagia from which the patient is suffering, including the likely causes. Dr. Yamini provides an in-depth examination that will get to the root of the issue and allow his team to provide patients with effective treatment options. Gastroenterologists are specialists in treating gastroenterological conditions, which include dysphagia.

If you have problems taking pill medications, you may be suffering from dysphagia. The implications for overall health of not being able to swallow essential medications should not be ignored. Dysphagia can also ruin enjoyment from eating or drinking, which is why Dr. Yamini encourages all sufferers to seek consultation at his offices.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Dysphagia?

If you experience problems swallowing, whether you are eating, drinking or as part of the involuntary mechanism, dysphagia is one of the most likely causes. The nerves and muscles that control swallowing may not work correctly, resulting in difficulty transferring food or drink to the throat or from the throat and esophagus through the remainder of the gastrointestinal tract. Dr. Yamini wants to offer you the treatment you need so that normal activities such as eating and drinking are no longer a challenge.

Contact Dr. Yamini’s offices today if you would like to book an expert consultation that may lead to treatment. With offices in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, Dr. Yamini provides easy access to the care you need.

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Nicole R.

Scheduling was extremely easy with Dr. Yamini's staff, I scheduled my Tuesday appointment on Monday afternoon. The staff and Dr. Yamini were courteous and straightforward - even with new patient paperwork I was out the door within an hour!

Bill C.

Dr. Yamini definitely is a great doctor who is very thorough and detail oriented with his diagnosis. He is very passionate about what he does and was able to answer any question or concern. He took his time before my appointment to look through all the documentation to know exactly what was going on. He definitely was able to put me at ease even though I was very worried. I am very satisfied with his services. Thanks!

Mario O.

He was very gentle about my situation yet did not fail to emphasize about the seriousness that could arise from gastrointestinal problems. Few and far between are as professional and caring as Dr. Yamini and his staff. I was 20 minutes late on Friday evening & they still had me in a room in 5 minutes as a new patient.

Lisa P.

I can’t say enough great things about my first impression of this doctor and his amazing staff! They got me right in and set me up for everything needed. I’ve been looking for the right GI doctor for years having had a very negative experience with another doctor years ago. Dr. Yamini is not only professional, knowledgeable, respectful, and experienced... this guy is “cool” and nice too! His front desk person, Toni was amazing! She was kind, bright, efficient, patient, and positive! ??

Kendall S.

Makes talking about uncomfortable subjects a breeze. Competent and honest: doesn't sell vitamin cleanses and his own probiotics or anything like that. Makes sure your symptoms aren't half-fixed but fully fixed. Gets to the heart of the issue quickly. Good listener. Very sweet receptionist. I hate receiving many phone calls, and she's persistent about making sure you set up an appointment; it was stressing me out. I found the her much easier to connect with once she gave me her cell and said to text.

Babak E.

Thank you Dr. Yamini and Tony. When it comes to patient care and professionalism, I have never received this much care and attention from a physician and the staff. I was able to talk to Dr. Yamini for good period of time allowing me to ask all my questions. Tony you are so cute thank you for scheduling me in last minute.

Kyle K.

I highly recommend Dr. Yamini. He's very personable and actually listens to your issues and concerns, then recommends a reasonable course of action. He was able to properly diagnose my symptoms and get me healthy again. Also his admin Toni is great too, she will help select a facility and verify that your insurance will fully cover. She's really nice and trustworthy as well!

Eric W.

Thorough doctor who cares about his patients, and very meticulous about the details of your ailment. Clearly very knowledgeable and skilled. No wait time for appointments, and the nurse (Toni) is very friendly and follows up appropriately. One of the best doctor experiences I've had and I'd recommend it to anyone.

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