St. Luke's Gastroenterology
We specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the liver and digestive tract, including the stomach, duodenum, gallbladder, biliary tract, pancreas, small intestine and colon, liver, pancreas and biliary system.
You and your health matter to us, and it's our goal to provide the best care possible. For more than 40 years, our doctors, nurses and professional staff members have been providing care with in the community. We are committed to providing our patients and their families with a full spectrum of high-quality healthcare solutions and technology delivered with mutual trust, understanding, integrity, compassion, respect and the highest degree of excellence.
Caring for you
Our physicians are board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology, having accumulated additional specialized training after medical school. The gastroenterology training experience is far more intense than that undertaken by general surgeons, internists or family medicine providers. Our physicians are trained to interpret and treat the conditions they identify and uphold the safest level of endoscopy.
If you're 50 years old or older, you should get regular screenings for colon cancer. A colonoscopy allows your doctor to examine your entire colon and remove or biopsy abnormal growths if they're found during the procedure.
Preventable, beatable, treatable
Colorectal cancer, or colon cancer, is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States. Getting routine colonoscopies can detect cancer early, before symptoms develop and cancer spreads. According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate for individuals whose colorectal cancer is detected at an early, localized stage is 90 percent. However, only 39 percent of colorectal cancers are diagnosed at this stage.
Schedule your colonoscopy
In order to schedule a colonoscopy with St. Luke's Digestive Health Center, you may request an appointment through St. Luke's Gastroenterology or your primary care provider. The Digestive Health Center has been designed with your comfort in mind, right down to the warmed blankets.
Details about the procedure
The gastroenterologist uses a colonoscope to view the large intestine and look for colon polyps. If a polyp is found, the doctor may remove it. If anything else looks abnormal, a small piece of tissue (biopsy) is taken out through the scope for evaluation. The procedure isn't generally painful because patients receive IV sedation.