Keeping your digestive tract running smoothly
It’s not unusual to have a stomachache every now and then. But frequent pain, bloating, changes in bowel habits, and other digestion-related symptoms could mean it’s time to see a gastroenterologist—a doctor who specializes in the digestive system or gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
Experts in treating gastrointestinal disorders
Our gastroenterologists are highly skilled in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the digestive tract: the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon), rectum, and anus. These specialists also treat disorders that affect three organs that help with digestion: the gall bladder, liver, and pancreas.
Our gastroenterologists have extensive experience in treating a variety of digestive disorders, including:
- Crohn’s disease
- Diverticulosis and diverticulitis
- Heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Hiatal hernia
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Lactose intolerance
- Swallowing disorders
- Ulcerative colitis
- Ulcers of the stomach and duodenum
Our specialists also are experts in performing minimally invasive endoscopic procedures, such as upper endoscopy and colonoscopy. For these procedures, your gastroenterologist will insert a tube through your mouth, nose, or rectum to examine your digestive tract and treat any problems they discover.
During a colonoscopy, for example, your gastroenterologist may remove small growths (polyps) that otherwise could become cancerous. That’s why colonoscopy is such an important—and effective—cancer screening tool.