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.
Gastrointestinal care in Southwest Virginia
When you need exceptional gastrointestinal (GI) care, we're here to help.
At LewisGale Medical Center, our team of gastroenterologists offer treatment for a wide range of GI conditions, including GI cancer, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Crohn's disease, pancreatitis and hernias.
GI conditions we treat
Our GI doctors use nonsurgical and surgical procedures to treat a wide range of digestive health conditions, including:
- Abdominal pain and ulcers
- Acid reflux
- Anal fistulae
- Bowel obstruction
- Colon polyps
- Colorectal cancer
- Crohn’s disease
- Diseases of the bile duct or pancreas
- Excessive diarrhea
- Fecal incontinence
- Gallbladder disease and gallstones
- Gastric and duodenal ulcers
- GI bleeding
- GI cancer
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Rectal prolapse
- Swallowing difficulty
Our GI services and treatments
We offer a range of digestive health services, from surgical GI treatments to diagnostic imaging for conditions such as colon cancer.
Comprehensive digestive health care
Our highly skilled gastroenterologists treat a variety of diseases and disorders of the GI system. This system is made up of the esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, intestines, colon and rectum. We offer traditional, noninvasive and laparoscopic surgery to treat various GI diseases and conditions, as well as diagnostic imaging to ensure you have an accurate diagnosis that helps your physician craft an effective, individualized treatment plan going forward.
Diagnostic GI imaging and testing
Our diagnostic imaging and testing services are key to discovering critical details about your condition. With diagnostic imaging, your physician can correctly diagnose your GI disorder and create an effective treatment plan for you.
We use leading edge medical technology to perform digestive tests, including esophageal and small bowel capsule devices. Our tools can help us diagnose disorders of GI tract and detect diseases such as Crohn's disease and colorectal cancer.
A colonoscopy remains the best method for detecting colon cancer in its early stages. Using a flexible scope with a small camera and a light, your gastroenterologist can identify abnormalities and even remove polyps during the process. Thanks to the latest technologies, colonoscopies are generally painless. If detected early, colon cancer is very treatable.
Upper endoscopy (upper GI)
This outpatient procedure examines the esophagus, stomach and upper small intestines. Getting an endoscopy can be a useful tool for treatment as well, such as removing polyps. Your physician might recommend an upper GI endoscopy for symptoms like stomach and abdominal pain, indigestion, difficulty swallowing or vomiting.
Colon cancer is one of the most common types of GI cancer, and it can only be detected through colonoscopy screenings. If you receive a cancer diagnosis, know that your emotional care will be as important to us as your physical care.
During and after treatment, you will have the support of a program coordinator to answer questions and help you navigate your cancer diagnosis.
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