To schedule your appointment with a gastroenterologist at Gateway Regional Medical Center, call 618-798-8888.
A healthy digestive system is essential for the body to function properly. When an illness or disease interrupts this, it can be painful, frustrating and even embarrassing. Fortunately, Gateway Regional Medical Center offers gastrointestinal (GI) services to help prevent, detect and manage digestive diseases. Our goal is to get you back to loving and living life as soon as possible.
The Gastroenterologists at Gateway Regional Medical Center specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis, management, and treatment of symptoms including but not limited to abdominal pain, discomfort, constipation, diarrhea and digestive discomfort.
Our Gastroenterologists will partner with your primary care provider if specialized care is needed. They can meet with you individually at their clinic. An endoscopy lab is located inside Gateway Regional Medical Center to create a convenient transition for patients needing further treating, such as a colonoscopy or esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD).
Physical signs can tell you that you might have a digestive condition requiring medical attention. This may include but is not limited to the following:
- Acid taste in your mouth
- Belching and gas
- Burning in your stomach
- Inconsistent bowel movements
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach and abdominal pain
The Gastroenterology providers at Gateway Regional Medical Center are here to talk to you or partner with your primary care provide to address conditions such as:
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- GERD/acid reflux
- Liver Disease
- Abdominal pain
One of the most common symptoms of a digestive disorder is heartburn. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as acid reflux disease, affects about 50 million people in the U.S. GERD can cause painful swallowing, nausea, heartburn and can even lead to cancer in some cases. Reflux happens when the valve between your stomach and the esophagus does not close properly. Many people suffering from GERD try antacids or prescriptions, which block the production of acid in the stomach and also protect the throat from damage. In addition to medication, eating smaller meals, sleeping on an incline and eliminating acidic foods from your diet may alleviate symptoms. However, when medication and lifestyle changes are not providing relief, it may be time to consider surgical treatment.
To diagnose possible digestive issues, you may need to see a Gateway Regional Medical Center gastroenterologist who specializes in upper GI endoscopy, a simple outpatient procedure to help diagnose and treat problems with the esophagus, stomach, upper intestine or first part of the small intestine (duodenum).
Another diagnostic test managed by your gastroenterologist is your colonoscopy screening. Colorectal cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in both men and women in the U.S. and the second leading cause of cancer death. The good news? Colorectal cancer is also highly preventable with early detection and treatment.
If you are 45 or older, or have a family history of colorectal cancer, the most effective way to reduce your risk is to schedule a screening colonoscopy. This test searches for potentially cancerous polyps, abnormal cell growths on the inside lining of the colon or rectum. Catching these polyps can stop them from ever becoming cancer or detect cancer when it is most treatable.
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