Gastroenterology (Digestive Health)

Jackson Health System provides comprehensive services focused on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases in the digestive tract.

Our adult and pediatric patients are cared for by a team of specialists utilizing leading-edge technology to diagnose and treat digestive conditions.

Gastroenterology services at Jackson Health System are focused on the quality care of patients with disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and liver, clinical research and the education of future GI specialists.

Faculty members have a wide range of research interests, including esophageal disorders, ulcer disease, gastrointestinal cancer, disorders of the liver and pancreas, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, associated disorders, and a full range of expertise in diagnostic and therapeutic gastrointestinal endoscopy.

Treating Your Gastrointestinal Needs

We’re here to address our patient’s gastrointestinal concerns, ensuring all options are explored prior to surgical intervention. Many disorders of the GI tract can be effectively treated with medications and dietary changes; while some require more intensive interventions, such as endoscopic repair or surgery.

Our multidisciplinary team treats a wide range of conditions including:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Hernia
  • Appendicitis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Gallstones
  • Severe Constipation
  • Gastritis
  • Severe Diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Intestinal, Colon and Rectal Cancer

Description

Gastroenterology services at Jackson Health System are focused on the quality care of patients with disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and liver, clinical research and the education of future GI specialists.

Faculty members have a wide range of research interests, including esophageal disorders, ulcer disease, gastrointestinal cancer, disorders of the liver and pancreas, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, associated disorders, and a full range of expertise in diagnostic and therapeutic gastrointestinal endoscopy.

Treating Your Gastrointestinal Needs

We’re here to address our patient’s gastrointestinal concerns, ensuring all options are explored prior to surgical intervention. Many disorders of the GI tract can be effectively treated with medications and dietary changes; while some require more intensive interventions, such as endoscopic repair or surgery.

Our multidisciplinary team treats a wide range of conditions including:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Hernia
  • Appendicitis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Gallstones
  • Severe Constipation
  • Gastritis
  • Severe Diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Intestinal, Colon and Rectal Cancer

Tests, Treatments & Procedures

When patients require a liver or intestinal transplant or more routine abdominal surgery, gastroenterologists will do everything they can to ensure that patients receive the best possible care.

Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy allows a doctor to look into the large intestine with a narrow, flexible tune that has a camera on the end to determine why the patient has diarrhea, intestinal bleeding, weight loss and other conditions. Learn more.

pH Probe Study

Oftentimes, when acid reflux is suspected, a doctor will measure the pH of the esophagus to determine whether acid is refluxing up from the stomach into the esophagus. The procedure is also performed to determine the effectiveness of anti-reflux treatment and to offer an explanation for conditions such as nighttime cough and hoarseness. The procedure includes inserting a thin, plastic tube mounted with a sensor through the nostril and into the esophagus. A chest x-ray assesses the position of the tube, connected to a recorder and the probe remains in place for the 24-hour study.

Liver Biopsy

A liver biopsy is a procedure performed using a special needle to obtain a sample of the liver. Liver biopsies help physicians evaluate jaundice, liver inflammation or an englarged liver.

Upper Endoscopy

An upper endoscopy is a procedure to determine why the patient has abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting or poor growth. A small, narrow tube mounted with a light and camera is inserted into the swallowing tube of a patient to evaluate the tube, stomach and upper small intestine.

Get Gastroenterology Care in a Small Group Practice Setting

Jackson Medical Group offers expert primary and specialist care, convenient locations, and coordinated services.

Whether patients are looking for routine check-ups, thinking about starting a family, or are looking to bring your little miracle into the world, our specialists at Jackson Medical Group can help you.

Advanced Intestinal Rehabilitation Program at Holtz Children’s Hospital

Holtz Children’s Hospital has one of the few multidisciplinary Intestinal Rehabilitation Programs in the United States. The program cares for children with intestinal failure, generally caused by short bowel syndrome. Short bowel syndrome is a complex and often devastating disorder caused by the loss of part of the small bowel and the decreased ability of the intestine to absorb nutrition. The loss of bowel can be due to congenital diseases or surgical removal.

Learn more about our work through UHealth Jackson Children’s Care.

Treatment
Treatment consists primarily of specialized nutrition management aimed at helping the remaining intestines adapt and take on the absorption functions that were lost. Most of these patients depend on parenteral nutrition. Before the creation of this program, the only option for these patients was intestinal/liver transplant. With the new program, transplant is an option for patients who fail home parenteral nutrition therapy.

Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation Team

  • Board-certified Pediatric Gastroenterologist
  • Pediatric Surgeons
  • Transplant Surgeons
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Medical Assistant
  • Research Assistant
  • Social Worker
  • Pharmacist
  • Child Psychologist

Advanced Intestinal Rehabilitation Program at Holtz Children’s Hospital

Holtz Children’s Hospital has one of the few multidisciplinary Intestinal Rehabilitation Programs in the United States. The program cares for children with intestinal failure, generally caused by short bowel syndrome. Short bowel syndrome is a complex and often devastating disorder caused by the loss of part of the small bowel and the decreased ability of the intestine to absorb nutrition. The loss of bowel can be due to congenital diseases or surgical removal.

Learn more about our work through UHealth Jackson Children’s Care.

Treatment
Treatment consists primarily of specialized nutrition management aimed at helping the remaining intestines adapt and take on the absorption functions that were lost. Most of these patients depend on parenteral nutrition. Before the creation of this program, the only option for these patients was intestinal/liver transplant. With the new program, transplant is an option for patients who fail home parenteral nutrition therapy.

Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation Team

  • Board-certified Pediatric Gastroenterologist
  • Pediatric Surgeons
  • Transplant Surgeons
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Medical Assistant
  • Research Assistant
  • Social Worker
  • Pharmacist
  • Child Psychologist

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