Gastroenterologists diagnose and treat diseases of the stomach, intestines and related organs, including the esophagus, stomach, liver and pancreas.
Care is available at St. Mary’s Gastroenterology for a wide range of conditions, including:
- Abdominal pain
- Acid reflux or heartburn
- Nausea and vomiting
Treating Acid Reflux Disease
Our gastroenterologist offers advanced treatment options to help reduce chronic heartburn and acid reflux disease. Acid reflux disease, which is also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a common condition. When people eat, food passes from the throat to the stomach through the esophagus. After food has passed into the stomach, a ring of muscle fibers called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) prevents food from moving backward into the esophagus. If the LES doesn't close completely, food, liquid and stomach acid can leak back into the esophagus. This is called reflux or gastroesophageal reflux, which can cause heartburn and even damage the esophagus.
A colonoscopy is a procedure used to look inside the large intestine. It enables the physician to examine the entire colon and rectum for polyps (small growths that can become cancerous over time). During a colonoscopy, a thin, flexible tube with a small camera is gently eased into the colon by the physician. A small amount of air is puffed into the colon to keep it open and let the physician see clearly. The exam takes about 30 minutes. Patients are usually given medicine to help them relax during the procedure.