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Gastroenterology Services

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 Health Gastroenterology Department. With our knowledgeable medical specialists and state-of-the-art equipment, our team works to diagnose and treat stomach problems as quickly as possible.

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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 someone in your family has had 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 Health.

Gastroenterology Surgery

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:

  • AppendectomyThe 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 fever.
  • Stone Removal/TreatmentStones 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.
  • ColostomyIf 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.
  • PolypectomyPolyps 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 heart 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 Health Gastroenterology Department, call 270-826-0002.