Gastrointestinal conditions can be uncomfortable to experience, and often difficult to discuss. Our knowledgeable staff is here to help educate, diagnose, and treat the symptoms that are interrupting your day-to-day life.

Conditions We Treat:

What it is: Uncomfortable sensation in the chest or throat caused by stomach acid flowing back into the esophagus.

How we help: We offer behavioral interventions, medications, and procedures to assess and treat acid reflux. For patients with severe or prolonged symptoms it is important to conduct endoscopies to identify complications related to the disease.

What it is: Precancerous changes in the bottom of the esophagus from longstanding acid reflux.

How we help: We can control Barrett's Esophagus by improving acid reflux through medication or surgical intervention. If it progresses and poses a risk of cancer, we can perform procedures to remove the abnormal tissue and reduce the risk of esophageal cancer.

What it is: A problem with the passage of a food bolus from the mouth to the stomach. This can be related to problems in the mouth, neck, or esophagus. This is also called dysphagia.

How we help: Our experienced team can help identify the cause and provide appropriate treatment. We may conduct swallow studies or endoscopies to determine the underlying issue and initiate prompt treatment.

If you’re having trouble related to symptoms in your esophagus, make an appointment today.

What it is: Pain that occurs above the pelvis and below the chest.

How we help: Because causes of abdominal pain can vary, it is important to seek specialized evaluation to determine the organ causing the symptoms. Our experts identify the most likely source of your pain and ensure timely and cost-effective evaluation.

What it is: A condition in which the stomach empties food and acid slower than normal causing symptoms such as bloating, fullness, and nausea.

How we help: We diagnose gastroparesis through consultation and related testing. Treatment involves dietary adjustments, medication, and in some cases, additional procedures.

What it is: Peptic ulcers are caused when stomach acid or medications damage the lining of the small intestine or stomach, and can be benign or life-threatening, depending on their size and location.

How we help: We diagnose ulcers through endoscopy and can provide medication and guidance for long-term management.

If you’re having trouble related to symptoms in your stomach, make an appointment today.

What it is: Pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas is injured, leading to dysfunction that can even become life threatening. Causes of pancreatitis can include gallstones, alcohol abuse, high cholesterol, medications, and more.

How we help: Our specialized gastroenterologists diagnose and determine the appropriate treatment for pancreatitis.

What it is: Growths that occur within the pancreas, often found incidentally on imaging for other reasons.

How we help: Our trained specialists can perform a detailed evaluation of pancreatic lesions using ultrasound technology, perform biopsies for tissue sampling if needed, and provide a detailed plan for long-term management.

If you’re having trouble related to symptoms in your pancreas, make an appointment today.

What it is: This is a problem with normal function of the gallbladder, an organ in the right upper abdomen, that can cause pain, nausea, yellowing of the skin, or pancreatitis.

How we help: Our specialized gastroenterologists diagnose and determine the appropriate treatment for pancreatitis.

If you’re having trouble related to symptoms in your gall bladder, make an appointment today.

What it is: If routine bloodwork returns with abnormal results for your liver, it may suggest active injury to the liver. There are numerous potential causes for liver disease.

How we help: By consulting an expert gastroenterologist, you can ensure appropriate work-up and treatment to ensure the prevention of long-term damage. Whether the cause of damage is alcohol, medications, genetics, or problems with the bile flow in the liver, we can help navigate the next steps of your evaluation.

What it is: Whether you had imaging specifically looking for a liver issue or an abnormality was found incidentally, the underlying problem can sometimes be difficult to understand.

How we help: GI Associates can help determine the correct diagnosis to ensure appropriate management plans are put in place.

What it is: Injury to the liver that has been attributed to alcohol after other causes are ruled out. Alcoholic liver disease can lead to inflammation, scarring, and even cancer.

How we help: Our expert gastroenterologists determine the extent of the damage and identify a treatment plan that works for you and can prevent further damage.

What it is: Two common forms of autoimmune injury that can affect the liver are autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) and primary biliary cholangitis (PBC), caused by antibodies that are inappropriately attacking parts of the liver.

How we help: Our GI experts are comfortable managing autoimmune diseases and can work to decrease inflammation to hopefully prevent long-term complications like cirrhosis of the liver, liver cancer, or the need for transplant.

What it is: A stage of scarring in the liver that can affect the liver’s ability to function normally and may cause bleeding, confusion, abdominal distention and jaundice.

How we help: We work with patients to evaluate and manage cirrhosis with the most-recent treatment, and diagnostic strategies.

What it is: Chronic viral infections that can severely impact the function of the liver over time.

How we help: Your expert GI care starts here with customized care plans that help to protect your liver, medications to alleviate symptoms, and in some cases, treatment for a cure.

If you’re having trouble related to symptoms in your liver, make an appointment today.

What it is: A chronic inflammatory condition that involves the small intestine having an allergic reaction to the protein gluten.

How we help: We can make a prompt diagnosis based on blood work and endoscopic evaluation of the small intestine. After making the diagnosis, GI Associates can guide you through the management process so you can start on the road to recovery.

What it is: The feeling of abdominal fullness and pressure. When it occurs regularly, it is time to consult a gastroenterologist.

How we help: Our expert team can help pinpoint the origin of the bloating, develop a diagnosis, and ensure a comprehensive work-up that can save time, money, and discomfort.

What it is: A partly autoimmune and partly environmental process where the body starts to attack the lining of the intestines. This can lead to symptoms of abdominal pain, diarrhea, and bleeding.

How we help: It is critical to work with your GI expert for a thorough workup to determine your next steps to treatment. Having optimal treatment can prevent long-term complications like cancer in the intestine or the need for surgery.

If you’re having trouble related to symptoms in your small intestine, make an appointment today.

What it is: Growths on the lining of the colon that have the ability to progress into colon cancer if left in place.

How we help: Colonoscopies are an important preventative treatment measure to address colon health. At GI Associates, we pride ourselves on safe colonoscopies and our ability to identify colon polyps and remove them prior to progressing to cancer.

What it is: Whether the symptoms appear as issues of consistency, frequency, or inability to empty, causes for constipation can vary and it is important to address the cause if symptoms persist.

How we help: GI Associates is here to help you navigate the appropriate therapies, whether that’s lifestyle changes, over-the-counter remedies, prescription medications, or physical therapy.

What it is: Loose, watery, or frequent bowel movements that can be benign, but can cause concern if persistent.

How we help: GI Associates can ensure appropriate testing is ordered to determine the cause of diarrhea quickly so treatment can be arranged.

What it is: Diverticulitis refers to inflammation of small pouches that develop in the colon with age. Colitis refers to inflammation of areas that do not have these pouches.

How we help: If you have been diagnosed with diverticulitis or colitis, it is imperative to team up with an expert gastroenterologist to ensure what tests, management protocols, or treatment, are needed to alleviate your symptoms.

What it is: Enlarged or irritated hemorrhoids can disrupt your life in many ways and be difficult to manage.

How we help: At GI Associates, we can treat most hemorrhoids non-surgically to alleviate uncomfortable symptoms and help you get back to your normal activities.

What it is: A partly autoimmune and partly environmental process whereby the body starts to attack the lining of the intestines and sometimes areas outside of the intestines. This inflammation can lead to diarrhea, bleeding, abdominal pain, joint pain, or fatigue.

How we help: Through blood and stool testing, imaging of the intestines and endoscopic tests, GI Associates can help diagnose the cause of your symptoms and the best treatment to alleviate them.

What it is: A term used to classify patients who develop abdominal discomfort when their stool is either too loose (diarrhea predominant IBS) or too hard (constipation predominant IBS).

How we help: Our expert gastroenterologists can help you find the best treatment option to live a more pain-free life.

What it is: When someone is deficient in iron, they may develop anemia, a decrease in red blood cells which are responsible for carrying oxygen to tissue throughout the body.

How we help: In someone without obvious reasons for iron deficiency, evaluation of the intestinal tract with a camera, looking into the stomach, small intestine, and colon while asleep, is usually the most important test to perform. It is important to contact experts, like GI Associates, to evaluate, manage and treat your symptoms.

What it is: Blood in your stool can be from benign conditions such as hemorrhoids or something more serious.

How we help: Seeing a gastroenterologist at GI Associates can help determine the cause of your bleeding symptoms and how to best manage them.

If you’re having trouble related to symptoms in your colon, make an appointment today.

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