Our gastroenterology team diagnoses and treats diseases affecting your digestive health. Your primary care physician may refer you to one of our digestive specialists if you’ve been experiencing symptoms such as heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, or severe abdominal pain. Our gastroenterologists also screen you for colon and colorectal cancer to ensure early detection and effective treatment.
What is Gastroenterology?
Gastroenterology is a branch of medicine which focuses on your entire gastrointestinal tract. Your gastrointestinal system is responsible for the digestion and transport of food, absorption of nutrients, and removal of waste from your body. Gastroenterologists treat conditions involving your stomach, intestines, and colon, as well as your gallbladder, esophagus, and pancreas – all part of your GI tract.
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with a digestive condition such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, or Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), our digestive health specialists can help you manage your condition as well as occasional flare-ups. Our gastroenterologists also consult with other physicians involved in your family’s digestive health to offer the best in personalized care and comprehensive treatment.
Conditions We Treat Using Gastroenterology
A wide range of health conditions can cause digestive problems and GI tract symptoms. At your visit, one of our experienced gastroenterologists will perform a thorough evaluation to get to the root cause of your digestive issues.
Conditions we treat in our gastroenterology department include:
- Celiac disease
- Abdominal pain
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Pelvic floor disorders
- Bloody stool
- Gallbladder disease
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Liver disease
- Hepatitis C
- Cancers of the digestive system
Screening for Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer is cancer which originates in your colon or rectum. After the age of 50, the risk for colorectal cancer increases significantly. You are also at a higher risk for the disease if you smoke, eat a high-fat diet, have polyps, or have a family history of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or colorectal cancer.
We offer screening tests for colorectal cancer: virtual colonoscopy. This screening promotes the early detection and treatment of the disease in its early stages.
Virtual colonoscopy is a medical imaging procedure which can detect polyps and other signs of colon and colorectal cancer in a manner far less invasive than traditional colonoscopy. The procedure utilizes high-grade medical imaging technology to capture clear images of your colon and rectum.
At Healthcare Associates of Texas, our goal is to expertly and effectively diagnose and treat your digestive health condition. We promise to deliver customized care with state-of-the-art treatment to ensure your overall health and wellness. Schedule an appointment or call your local clinic to discuss any questions you might have.