Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Our digestive systems get us the nutrients we need and help get rid of the waste that we don’t. It’s important to recognize when digestive health changes, and seek treatment before it becomes a bigger issue. Preventative exams and digestive health care from Hancock Health can help you stay healthy and live happy.
Care for Your Whole Digestive Health
Our gastroenterology and hepatology providers are experts in the health of the digestive system. The digestive system starts with ingesting food through the mouth, but also includes the esophagus, stomach, gall bladder, liver, pancreas, and the large and small intestines. We most often see patients experiencing changes in bowel habits (such as chronic diarrhea, bloody stool, and constipation).
Additional concerns you should make an appointment for include:
- Chronic reflux
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS)
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Severe on-going abdominal pain
- Liver disease
Our team of providers have specific expertise in the following treatment areas:
- Liver diseases
- Hepatitis screening and treatment
- Cirrhosis testing with FibroScan
- Colon cancer screening and treatment
- Barrett’s esophagus
- Diverticular disease
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Microscopic colitis
- Bowel ischemia
- Mesenteric ischemia
- Bacterial treatment
Heartburn & Swallowing Disorders
Our Heartburn Center is here to help with a wide range of issues that can result from acid reflux, including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and hiatal hernia, as well as voice and swallowing disorders.
Speech therapy is sometimes helpful for patients with certain swallowing disorders or other digestive health issues. We have a team of speech therapists available to serve you.
Gastroenterologists focus on diseases and conditions of the digestive system. At Hancock Health, our surgeons perform a number of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to help our patients feel better through and through.
Gastroenterological and hepatological procedures we provide include:
- Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) Tube Placement
- Esophageal Dilation