Lutheran Medical Center

Gastrointestinal Services and Treatments

Does a digestive disorder control your life? Our gastrointestinal (GI) team can evaluate your symptoms and identify the proper treatment to provide relief.

Treatment of digestive conditions

For many digestive health disorders, symptoms can be managed effectively with the right combination of treatment and lifestyle changes.

Interventional scopes

Endoscopic procedures such as colonoscopies most often are used to screen for ulcers, inflammation and infection.Sometimes they are used to treat digestive health issues, collect tissue samples for biopsy, remove polyps or treat bleeding. A scope may also be used to remove foreign objects that have been swallowed.

Find out more about endoscopy and colonoscopy.


We may prescribe medication to relieve gastrointestinal symptoms so you can live as normally as possible. Depending on your symptoms, these may include fiber supplements, anti-diarrheal medications, antibiotics or other prescriptions shown to reduce the symptoms associated with your specific condition.


In some cases, surgery may be needed to remove affected sections of the bowel, such as in the colon, rectum or small intestine. Upper gastrointestinal surgery also can be performed to treat cancers or tumors of the esophagus, pancreas or liver.

GI procedures and treatments

Other treatments for GI issues include:

  • Argon plasma coagulation
  • Botox® injection
  • Dilation
  • Fecal microbiota transplant
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Liver biopsy
  • Paracentesis
  • Small bowel enteroscopy
  • Thoracentesis

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