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St. Luke’s Gastroenterology
The gastroenterology team at St. Luke’s specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the liver and digestive tract, including the stomach, duodenum (first part of small intestine), gallbladder, biliary system, pancreas, small intestine and colon (large intestine).
Your health matters 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 within 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.
St. Luke's Gastroenterology provides the following services through the Digestive Health Center at St. Luke's Hospital:
A colonoscopy is a procedure done to examine a person’s colon (large intestine) for cancer. It may be performed as a result of symptoms, or as a preventive screening colonoscopy to check for polyps (small clumps of cells that form on the lining of the colon). Polyps have the ability to develop into colon cancer if they continue to grow.
Individuals should have a screening colonoscopy starting at age 45 and at least every 10 years (if no polyps are found) until age 75. Talk to your primary care provider to schedule a screening colonoscopy.
Your doctor may have you perform a breath test to help diagnose digestive issues. A breath test helps determine your digestion by measuring what gasses are present when you exhale.
An esophageal pH test measures how often stomach acid flows into the lower esophagus and its degree of acidity. The test involves inserting a small thin tube and probe through the nose to the bottom of the esophagus. During a 12- to 24-hour period, the patient presses a button when experiencing reflux or other symptoms, and those results are recorded and analyzed to determine treatment.
Measuring esophageal pH helps the gastroenterologist treat symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing food or liquid, and chest pain. Additionally, the study helps determine the success of treatment for acid reflux, so this exam is often done before and after medical surgical treatment of acid reflux into the esophagus.
Commonly Diagnosed & Treated Gastrointestinal Diseases at St. Luke's Gastroenterology
- Anal Fissure
- Barrett’s Esophagus
- Celiac Disease
- Colitis, Microscopic
- Colitis, Ulcerative
- Colon Cancer
- Colon Polyps
- Crohn’s Disease
- Diverticular Disease
- Eosinophilic Esophagitis
- Fecal Incontinence
- Gas & Bloating
- GERD (Acid Reflux, Heartburn)
- Helicobacter Pylori Infection
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis, Autoimmune
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- NAFLD, NASH
- Pancreatitis Acute, Chronic
- Peptic Ulcer Disease
- Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (PBC)
- Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC)
Talk to your primary care provider for a referral to St. Luke’s Gastroenterology if you require treatment for any of these conditions or are experiencing symptoms of a gastrointestinal problem such as recurring stomach ache, heartburn or digestion issues.