Comprehensive Gastroenterology Care at St. Vincent Medical Center
Our experienced team of gastroenterology specialists provides our patients with expert, compassionate care to manage a wide range of digestive disorders.
Digestive disorders can be uncomfortable, painful and even embarrassing. If you feel like your condition is starting to affect your quality of life, it’s time for you to seek help. Our skilled gastroenterologists have the experience and skill to treat patients with all types of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders.
GI Lab at St. Vincent
Our GI team includes digestive specialists who can diagnose and treat a wide variety of GI problems, from common to complex. Our depth of expertise has led to low rates of complications in our patients. Together, our goal is to help relieve your symptoms and restore your digestive health.
When you receive care at the GI Lab, your care team may include specialists such as:
- Gastroenterologists: Doctors who specialize in the digestive system
- Interventional radiologists: Physicians who use X-rays and other imaging techniques to guide a catheter into your body to directly treat an area affected by disease
- Dedicated nurses: A staff of nurses trained in caring for gastrointestinal disorders
- Diagnostic technicians: Specialists in imaging tests like CT scans and x-rays trained and experienced in GI procedures
Advanced Diagnosis and Treatment for Digestive Disorders
Your digestive system is what helps your body process and extract nutrients from the foods you eat. It includes your mouth, your intestine and your colon as well as organs like your liver, pancreas and gallbladder. A gastrointestinal problem is when your digestive system isn’t working like it should.
Problems Caused By Digestive Discorders
- Acid reflux: Pain caused by the acidic fluids in your stomach backing up into your esophagus
- Esophagitis: Swelling or infection of the esophagus
- Gallstones: Hard particles that form in the gallbladder
- Peptic ulcers: Sores in the lining of the stomach
- Anemia: A shortage of hemoglobin and red blood cells in the blood
Procedures Provided by Our Staff
No matter what your symptoms are, our dedicated team of experts and specialists will provide you with accurate diagnosis and advanced treatment.
- Colonoscopy: A thin, flexible tube is used to view your rectum and colon.
- Upper endoscopy: A thin, flexible tube is used to examine your esophagus, stomach and part of your small intestine.
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP): A test that uses an endoscope and x-rays are used to examine the liver, gallbladder and pancreas.
Preventing Gastrointestinal Disorders
In addition to treatment from the St. Vincent GI Lab, there are also certain things you can control on your own.
Here are some preventative lifestyle adjustments you and your family can take at home:
- Exercise regularly
- Create a diet that is high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains
- Abstain from alcohol and tobacco
Contact us at (866) 478-8462 to learn more about the services we offer or to make an appointment.