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Digestive health is important to your overall health and well being

Expert gastroenterologists and medical staff at Summit Health promote digestive health as well as diagnose and treat diseases of the digestive tract.

If you have concerns about your digestive health, ask your primary care physician which specialist might be right for you.

Colonoscopy

Every year, more than 130,000 people learn they have colorectal cancer, and more than 46,000 people die from colon-related cancers. Colon screening with a colonoscopy is one of the best ways to prevent colon cancer. You also can help protect yourself from some of the unwanted effects of colorectal cancer if it is detected early. Colorectal cancer is common enough that colonoscopy after age 50 is recommended as a routine screening procedure.

Colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure that allows your gastroenterologist to carefully examine your rectum and the inside of your colon to be sure it is healthy. When colorectal cancer is detected early, it can be treated effectively and it often can be cured.

During a colonoscopy, your doctor will insert a slim, flexible, lighted tube through your anus to examine the inside of your colon and rectum. If you have tissue that appears abnormal, your doctor will remove a small piece of it to test for cancer. The test is called a biopsy.

Another test you might have is a double-contrast barium enema. During the procedure, fluid that contains barium, a special element that allows the radiologist to see details in your tissues, is put into your colon. X-rays are then taken that show the inside of your colon. If the X-ray images show abnormal tissue such as polyps or cancer, you will need a colonoscopy to get a sample of the tissue for lab tests.

If your doctor finds cancer in your colon, you might have additional tests and scans to find out whether the cancer has spread to other parts of your body.
 

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Core Specialties

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Infections of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Diverticulitis
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Celiac disease
  • C. difficile infection
  • H. Pylori infection

  • Chronic constipation
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain and bloating
  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth
  • Dyspepsia/Nausea and Vomiting

  • Screening for colon polyps and prevention of cancer
  • Family history of colon cancer and other cancers
  • Genetic syndromes with risk of colon cancer
  • Removal of colon polyps
  • Multidisciplinary treatment of colon cancer

  • Gastroesophageal reflux and heartburn
  • Screening for esophageal cancer
  • Esophageal motility disorders and Achalasia
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Barrett’s Esophagus and ablation of Barrett’s
  • Esophageal strictures
  • Zenker’s Diverticulum

Elective Specialties

  • Pancreatic cancer screening
  • Pancreatic Exocrine insufficiency (EPI)
  • Gallstones and gallbladder disease   
  • Acute Pancreatitis
  • Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Autoimmune pancreatitis
  • Pancreatic cysts
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Strictures and tumors of the bile ducts

  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Alcoholic liver disease and cirrhosis
  • Viral hepatitis
  • Autoimmune Hepatitis
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Primary Biliary Cholangitis
  • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis

  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Use of newest biologic agents
  • Cancer prevention and screening

  • Endoscopic removal of early gastrointestinal cancers
  • Endoscopic removal of large polyps
  • Stenting of benign and malignant strictures of the GI tract
  • Minimally invasive techniques for treatment of pancreatic pseudocyst
  • Removal of complex bile duct stones
  • Endoscopic treatment of chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic stones
  • Enteroscopy for biliary tract disease in gastric bypass patients
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection
  • Endoscopic submucosal dissection
  • Cholangioscopy and pancreatoscopy (Spyglass)
  • Apollo endoscopic suturing
  • Radiofrequency ablation and Cryotherapy for Barrett’s
  • POEM for achalasia
  • TIF (endoscopic fundoplication for reflux disease)

  • Upper GI endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound
  • ERCP
  • PEG tube (feeding tube) placement
  • Enteroscopy
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection
  • Endoscopic submucosal dissection
  • Cholangioscopy (Spyglass)
  • Apollo endoscopic suturing
  • Radiofrequency ablation and Cryotherapy for Barretts
  • POEM for achalasia
  • TIF (endoscopic fundoplication for reflux disease)
  • Bravo pH Testing
  • Small Bowel Capsule Endoscopy
  • High resolution esophageal manometry
  • Breath Testing for bacterial overgrowth and food intolerance
  • Elastography for evaluation and staging of fatty liver disease
  • Fecal transplant
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