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Gastroenterology

Gastroenterologists specialize in the digestive tract, also called the gastrointestinal or GI tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts, and liver. Symptoms like chronic bloating, indigestion, belly pain, feeling of fullness, gas, and burping may indicate a problem that should be addressed by a gastroenterologist.

How Can a Gastroenterologist Help Me?

Many conditions can cause digestive problems. Chronic stomach aches, abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, and gas are a sign that something may be wrong, and are all valid reasons to book an appointment with a gastroenterologist. If you are experiencing gut pain for more than a few days, you should consider scheduling an appointment with your primary care physician or a gastroenterologist for assessment.

Our gastroenterologists and support staff provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of the many disorders that can arise in the GI tract, such as:

  • Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD): This condition is characterized by ongoing inflammation of GI tract.
  • Intestinal polyps: These clumps of cells form on the colon or rectal lining, and although most are harmless, they can develop into cancer.
  • Crohn’s disease: This condition is a form of IBD in which the body’s immune systems attacks healthy tissues, and it most commonly affects the lower portion of the smaller intestine.
  • Gallbladder disease and gallstones: The gallbladder helps digestion, but it can become inflamed, infected, or stones can block the gallbladder.
  • GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease): Commonly recognized as acid reflux or heartburn, GERD is a chronic condition in which stomach acids back up into the esophagus.
  • Colon cancer: Located at the end of the GI tract, early cases of colon cases begin with benign polyps that usually have no symptoms. Because of this, doctors recommend regular colon cancer screenings.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): This condition affects the large intestine and symptoms may include cramping, stomachaches, bloating, gas, or diarrhea.

How We Detect GI conditions

GI conditions affect at least one person in about 70% of American households. Standard procedures include endoscopy, colonoscopy, and sigmoidoscopy, which are conveniently offered at our hospital and surgery center locations.

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