Digestive Health Services
If you have digestion problems, you’re not alone. More than 70 million Americans are affected by these common disorders, such as bowel problems and disease.
How the System Works
The system is made up of multiple organs including esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, small intestines, and colon. These organs work together to break food and fluids into nutrients your body can use to maximize caloric intake and fluid hydration. Waste products your body doesn’t need are eliminated when you go to the bathroom. Gas, burping and bloating, although sometimes uncomfortable or embarrassing, are a normal part of this process.
A problem with any of the organs in this system can lead to health conditions known as digestion disorders. You may experience symptoms like pain, heartburn or constipation, but some disorders have no obvious symptoms or causes. Brief symptoms may be related to dietary, behavioral, or environmental causes and may not require medical evaluations. On the other hand, persistent symptoms may be a sign of more serious causes that may need medical attention.
Certain medical issues of grave concern may not have any symptoms, but can be prevented by screening exams. Colon cancer is one such diagnosis of major concern in the United States. Fortunately, screening tests, like colonoscopy, are available and are an important part of taking care of your health.
Learn more about colonoscopy at PIH Health. View the FACT SHEET.
Conditions We Treat
The experts at PIH Health specialize in gastrointestinal (GI) health. We work together as a team to diagnose and treat conditions, including:
- Swallowing disorders
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Chronic constipation
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
- Disorders related to the liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts
- Functional bowel disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Peptic ulcer disease
- Cancer – Esophageal, pancreatic, stomach, colorectal and other cancers
- Related gastrointestinal disorders and concerns
Gastrointestinal Tests & Treatments
Our team approach to digestive health gives you everything you need. You get care from our highly skilled physicians and sensitive support staff. We coordinate all testing and treatment and communicate with your family doctor and other experts. Your comfort and privacy are important to us. We offer advanced technology, such as a capsule you can swallow to help examine your organs. Many of our procedures are endoscopic, meaning they use a thin, flexible, lighted instrument called an endoscope to see inside these organs.
- Bravo capsule pH Studies
- Colonoscopy (streamline, direct access)
- Endoscopic hemostasis
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
- Esophageal, bile duct and colonic stenting
- Esophageal dilations
- Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube placement
- Upper endoscopy
- Variceal banding
- Video capsule endoscopy
Once your tests are completed, your doctor will discuss the results with you and explain your treatment options. We’re committed to developing a treatment plan—including nutrition support—that meets your unique needs and gets you back on track.
Get Help Today from a Digestive Health Specialist
Call us for more information about digestive health services at PIH Health and schedule an appointment today. 562.698.0306