Gastroenterology

Our gastroenterology (GI) department provides care for a wide variety of gastrointestinal problems, including those of the:

  • Stomach (ulcer disease, nausea, abdominal pain)
  • Small intestine (malnutrition, celiac disease)
  • Colon (rectal bleeding, diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease)
  • Liver (hepatitis, cirrhosis)
  • Biliary tract (gallstones, jaundice)
  • Pancreas (pancreatitis)
  • Esophagus (esophageal reflux, swallowing difficulties)

In addition to diagnosis and treatment of disease, Webster Wellness also performs screening examinations to prevent diseases such as colorectal cancer, the second leading cancer-killer in the United States. The most common diagnostic procedures performed by gastroenterologists include:

  • Colonoscopy, the test of choice to screen for colon cancer and to remove colon polyps which could become malignant.
  • EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy), a procedure to examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and the first part of the small intestine.
  • ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography), the use of an endoscope and x-ray to examine the bile duct and pancreatic duct.

Statistics from: www.digestive.niddk.nih.gov/statistics