Gastroenterology focuses on the treatment of illness or injury within the gastrointestinal tract. Gastroenterology is a specialty of internal medicine. Southwestern Medical Center employs a large staff of physicians specializing in internal medicine.
Primary providers will refer patients to gastroenterologists when traditional treatments have proven ineffective. Gastroenterologists utilize a variety of techniques to diagnose and care for patient gastroenterological issues.
Common gastroenterological issues are:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Crohn’s Disease
Common procedures used to diagnose and treat symptoms are:
- Abdominal Ultrasound
- Abdominal Angiogram
- Abdominal X-Ray
- Barium Swallow
- Gallbladder Scan