Gastrointestinal disorders disrupt the lives of millions of Americans every year. At HCA Houston Healthcare, our skilled gastroenterologists use advanced techniques and have access to state-of-the-art technology, allowing them to accurately and quickly diagnose and treat people with digestive disorders, including diseases of the esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, gall bladder, biliary tract, intestines and colon.
Our team of board-certified gastroenterologists, surgeons and nurses have the extensive knowledge and experience required to handle hard-to-diagnose digestive issues.
We diagnose and treat numerous gastrointestinal disorders, including:
- Anal fissures and fistulas
- Benign growths or tumors
- Bowel obstruction
- Celiac disease
- Colorectal cancer
- Crohn's disease
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Gastrointestinal cancers
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Pelvic pain and discomfort
- Ulcerative colitis
HCA Houston gastroenterology services
Digestive disorders can be embarrassing and painful, but HCA Houston Healthcare is here to help alleviate your discomfort and improve your overall digestive health.
Our facilities are equipped with advanced equipment and technology to better support the care we provide. To properly diagnose and treat patients with a wide variety of gastrointestinal disorders, our team of medical experts may use any of the following imaging and endoscopic procedures:
- 24-hour esophageal pH monitoring measures the amount of acid flowing into the esophagus over a 24-hour time period.
- Capsule endoscopy is a noninvasive procedure that uses a tiny wireless camera to take pictures of your digestive tract.
- Colonoscopy is a procedure examining your colon and rectum. It is the most common method to screen and detect early signs of colorectal cancer.
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) combines X-ray and the use of an endoscope to diagnose and treat problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts and pancreas.
- Endoscopic ultrasound is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a camera device in combination with high-frequency sound waves to examine the GI tract and surrounding organs.
- Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) or an upper GI endoscopy is performed using an endoscope that has a tiny light and video camera on one end. It is used to take video images of your esophagus, stomach, and the first part of the small intestine.
- Sigmoidoscopy is a diagnostic test used to examine the lower part of the colon or large intestine. The procedure uses a flexible lighted tube with a camera to diagnose bowel disorders such as ulcerative colitis and to detect colon polyps.
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