Digestive System & Colon Care
Gastroenterology is the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the digestive system. Good digestive health is shown by an ability to process nutrients through properly functioning gastrointestinal organs, including the stomach, intestine, liver, pancreas and gallbladder. When these organs do not function properly, patients may need to see a gastroenterologist.
In addition to rare disorders of the digestive system, gastroenterologists diagnose or treat the following common conditions:
- Heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Acute and chronic pancreatitis
- Celiac disease and food intolerances
- Chronic vomiting and gastroparesis
- Colorectal cancer, including determining whether you have a genetic risk
- Diverticulitis, diverticulosis and ischemic bowel disease
- Functional illness, such as constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, belching and flatulence
- Gallbladder disease
- Infections of the gastrointestinal tract caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi and protozoa
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
- Peptic ulcer disease and Helicobacter pylori
- Viral hepatitis
Colon Cancer Screening
Gastroenterologists are experts on the colon and provide colorectal cancer screening at the endoscopy center located at the Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women in the U.S. Yet if discovered early, it can be up to 90% curable.
Men and women who are at average risk for colon cancer are advised to schedule regular colonoscopies beginning at age 50 (age 45 for African Americans) and at 10-year intervals thereafter. Patients who have a family history of colon cancer, a condition such as inflammatory bowel disorder (IBD) or any other risk factor for colon cancer may need to begin screening earlier or to be screened more often.
What is a gastroenterologist?
A gastroenterologist is a specialist in the digestive system. Gastroenterologists complete four years of medical school and three years of internal medicine residency, followed by a fellowship in gastroenterology. Our Board Certified gastroenterologists provide high quality care in a friendly, relaxed setting.
Schedule an Appointment
Appointments are available at Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic. To schedule an appointment with one of our gastroenterologists, Monday through Friday between 8:00am and 5:00pm, please call (479) 582-7230.
Some insurance plans require a referral from your primary physician. Please check with your plan and request a referral from your primary physician if it is required.
Schedule a Screening or Procedure
To schedule a screening or procedure, you may call Christi at (479) 439-6390 or click here.
After Hours Care
For after hours and weekend emergencies, the Gastroenterologist on call can be reached through the Washington Regional Medical Center operator at (479) 463-1000. Please call the Gastroenterologists on call before going to the Emergency Room. This can often save time and lower costs.