Stomach Disorder Treatment
Gastrointestinal disorders are not easy to live with. Stomach pains can
make it difficult to work and go about your day-to-day routine. If you
are experiencing abdominal pain, visit the Methodist Hospital gastroenterology
department. With our knowledgeable medical specialists and state-of-the-art
equipment, our team works to diagnose and treat stomach problems as quickly
Click here for information about our gastroenterologists.
Screening & Diagnosis
Colorectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer in the U.S. Symptoms
of colon cancer may not manifest until it is too late, so it is important
to understand your risk factors and receive screenings when necessary.
The American Cancer Society recommends having a colonoscopy once every
10 years starting from age 50, or earlier if you have a family history
of the disease. If polyps are found during a colonoscopy, they can be
removed before turning cancerous. Both lower and upper endoscopies are
offered at Methodist Hospital.
Many gastrointestinal disorders can be resolved with surgery. Most procedures
are minimally invasive and can even be done on an outpatient basis.
The following are some common gastroenterology surgeries:
Appendectomy – The removal of an inflamed appendix. This is an emergency procedure that
must be performed quickly. See a gastroenterologist right away if you
experience intense pain on your lower right side accompanied by nausea,
vomiting, and a small fever.
Stone Removal/Treatment – Stones in the kidney and gallbladder are extremely painful. Sometimes
passing these stones is impossible without breaking them up first. There
are several procedures doctors can perform to break up stones or remove
them entirely. You should always see a doctor when you believe you have
a stone for help managing the pain.
Colostomy – If the colon has become diseased, sometimes the only treatment available
is removing the damaged parts. Inflammatory bowel disease and Crohn’s
disease are often treated with colostomy procedures.
Polypectomy – Polyps are strange growths in the colon that can be painful and eventually
turn cancerous. The procedure to remove polyps is relatively simple and
can usually be done during a colonoscopy.
Living With GERD
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a condition which can cause contents
from the stomach to flow back into the esophagus, resulting in heartburn
and indigestion. Heartburn is different from heard disease in that it
cannot be treated with exercise. The sensation is similar to what you
may feel prior to throwing up.
Treating GERD requires lifestyle changes to manage the symptoms. This mostly
involves dietary changes, like reducing the amount of chocolate, coffee
and alcohol you consume. Smoking can also worsen the condition, and most
people will need to stop completely. You can also get help treating the
symptoms by taking doctor recommended antacids and other over-the-counter
medications. In rare, severe cases, GERD may need to be treated with surgery.
To reach the Methodist Hospital Gastroenterology department, call 270-826-0002.