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Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology is the field of medicine relating to the treatment of the gastrointestinal tract. Gastroenterologists focus on the treatment of diseases of the digestive system, this includes a range of organs starting at the mouth and ending at the rectum.

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Gastroenterologists in Richmond, Virginia

From hernias to digestive tract issues, we are here to help.

Rated one of the nation's top 100 hospitals for gastrointestinal (GI) surgery by Healthgrades, Henrico Doctors' Hospital's specialty is GI health. Whether treating Crohn's disease, cancer or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), we help you feel like your best self.

Related specialties

Learn more about our related specialties.

Gastrointestinal conditions we treat

Our GI specialists practice treatments for many common, chronic and acute conditions, including:

  • Acid reflux
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's disease
  • Gallstones
  • Gastrointestinal cancers
  • GERD
  • Heartburn
  • Hernias
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Ulcerative colitis

Digestive health services we provide

From advanced care for heartburn to gallbladder surgeries, our gastroenterology services cater to your individual health needs.

Hernia Center and hernia treatments

The Hernia Center at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital specializes in all types of hernia treatment. Our hernia surgeons use the most advanced, minimally invasive surgical technology available.

A hernia is a hole or abnormality anywhere in the abdominal muscle wall. When the muscle wall is weak or subject to strain, it may cause tissue to protrude and cause a visible bulge.

Common types of hernias include:

  • Epigastric hernia — occurs midway between the umbilicus and chest
  • Femoral hernia — occurs in the low groin
  • Hiatal hernia — occurs in the diaphragm, the large muscle separating the chest cavity and the abdomen
  • Incisional hernia — occurs near scar tissue from a previous surgery
  • Inguinal hernia — occurs in the groin area and is the most common type of hernia
  • Umbilical — occurs through the belly button
  • Ventral hernia — occurs outside the inguinal areas of the abdomen and are less common than inguinal hernias

Depending on your diagnosis and history, our expert surgeons will determine which procedure will best reduce the risk of hernia recurrence. Options may include an abdominal wall reconstruction, inguinal and femoral hernia repair or ventral hernia repair.

Heartburn and Reflux Center of Richmond

For more than 20 years, our surgeons and gastrointestinal specialists have helped thousands of patients live more comfortable lives through a variety of techniques, including minimally invasive laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery.

New patient information

We are proud to provide patient-centered gastroenterology care for a variety of conditions, as well as advanced care for heartburn, acid reflux and GERD through the Heartburn and Reflux Center of Richmond. If you have heartburn, GERD, or take medication for those conditions, you can fill out the GERD patient form to be contacted directly by our heartburn nurse navigator who can offer additional information and support.

Robotic hernia surgery

Robotic surgery provides our hernia surgeons with increased precision not possible with the human hand. Minimally invasive robotic surgery is about providing you, the patient, with a less invasive procedure that allows for faster recovery, shorter hospital stays, less scarring and less pain.
A robotic surgery team in the operating room, performing a surgical procedure on a patient.

Healthy Living

Read our blogs to learn about preventive care and ways you can lead a healthier lifestyle.

How to heal your gut: 7 things to try 

June 14, 2021
From inflammation to stomach bugs, gastrointestinal problems can lead to all sorts of troubles, including bloating, gas, diarrhea, rumbling and pain.

Colorectal cancer and preventive screenings 

April 12, 2021
Learn about colorectal cancer and the importance of preventive screenings.