What is Gastroenterology?
Gastroenterology is a specific type of medicine that focuses on your digestive system.
More specifically, gastroenterology focuses on the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, the colon, the pancreas, the gallbladder and even the liver. Gastroenterology is an extremely important area of medicine with many different benefits. At Great Lakes Gastroenterology, we pride ourselves in being a leader in the gastroenterology field. We offer a multitude of services that cover a plethora of different GI complications and diseases.
Esophageal and Stomach Issues
Diseases of the esophagus and stomach seem to be endless. From esophageal cancer to gastroparesis, the diseases and conditions within this part of your digestive system are never ending. Every treatment we do here for both your esophageal and stomach issues is done by individualizing the patient’s needs and finding the best course of treatment. Of course, this does not come without a proper diagnosis. The most common diseases and conditions in both the esophagus and stomach include:
- Barrett’s Esophagus
- Eosinophilic Esophagitis
- Hiatal Hernia
- Schatzki’s Rings and Esophageal Webs
- Esophageal Varices
- Esophageal Cancer
- Stomach Ulcers
- Helicobacter Pylori Infection
- Gastric Cancer
Right now, it’s estimated that 3.2 million people in the United States have Hepatitis C and are completely unaware that they have it. Liver issues are extremely common and if undiagnosed, can cause some serious problems down the road. At Great Lakes Gastroenterology, if your symptoms lean towards liver problems, we will find the issue and help you pick an appropriate treatment plan that’s right for you. From cirrhosis of the liver to all different types of Hepatitis, our knowledgeable staff are experts on liver care and function.
Pancreas and Biliary Tract Issues
Pancreatitis and gallstones are some of the most prominent diagnoses in emergency room settings. Not only is it painful, it’s something that can be extremely complicated and should always be managed by a doctor that understands your diagnosis completely. Whether you have bile duct stones or a severe case of pancreatitis, our team of professionals will work to find you relief and get you on the right path to recovery.
Small Bowel and Colon Issues
IBS, Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, Celiac disease. These are just naming a few of the major issues that patients have been diagnosed with related to the small bowel and colon. If you already know you are having these issues or you feel like you need a second opinion, Great Lakes Gastroenterology is the perfect place for you. With cutting edge therapies, clinic trials, and expert doctors, our team is more than qualified to help you address your symptoms.
Colon Cancer Screenings
As one of the world’s most preventable and most deadly cancers, colon cancer ranks as the 3rd most common type of cancer in men and 2nd most common in women. Early detection and prevention is essential for the well being of your health. At Great Lakes Gastroenterology, we recommend colon cancer screening starting at age 50 and perhaps even younger for those who have a family history. From easy bowel preparation to cutting edge colonoscopy procedures, our goal is to prevent colon cancer if possible, and to diagnose it and treat it if necessary.